Talk Jam Podcast

Gone With The Wind & Sammy Davis Jr.

June 15, 2020 Kelly Fitzgerald Fowler and Susan Sloate Season 1 Episode 24
Talk Jam Podcast
Gone With The Wind & Sammy Davis Jr.
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Talk Jam Podcast
Gone With The Wind & Sammy Davis Jr.
Jun 15, 2020 Season 1 Episode 24
Kelly Fitzgerald Fowler and Susan Sloate

TALK JAM Episode 24 has two jams, both dealing with the racism concerns we've been focusing on over the last few weeks.

Jam 1 is a passionate discussion about GONE WITH THE WIND and HBO MAX's decision to remove it from its service. Susan is a huge GWTW fan, and Kelly does a mean Vivien Leigh impression (demonstrated in the segment). We discuss the movie, portions of the book not usually discussed and other topics involving Hattie McDaniel's Oscar win as the first black actor ever to be nominated OR WIN. Either way, GONE WITH THE WIND, a classic American film, should NEVER be banned!

Jam 2 continues our discussion of racism by focusing on the life of Sammy Davis Jr., possibly America's greatest and most versatile entertainer--singer, dancer, actor, mimic, nightclub entertainer, Broadway star, TV and movie performer, recording artist and more--whose career trajectory in the 1940s and 1950s took him straight to the heart of racism in America's core (by people who considered themselves liberal). His struggle to live a life of dignity not constantly focused on his race was profound and cost him dearly. This jam is well worth listening to!

As always, we welcome your questions and comments, and if you have a topic you'd like us to address in future jams, we hope you'll let us know!

This episode of TALK JAM  is brought to you by the novel, Over My Dead Body, by Kelly Fitzgerald Fowler. 



Show Notes

TALK JAM Episode 24 has two jams, both dealing with the racism concerns we've been focusing on over the last few weeks.

Jam 1 is a passionate discussion about GONE WITH THE WIND and HBO MAX's decision to remove it from its service. Susan is a huge GWTW fan, and Kelly does a mean Vivien Leigh impression (demonstrated in the segment). We discuss the movie, portions of the book not usually discussed and other topics involving Hattie McDaniel's Oscar win as the first black actor ever to be nominated OR WIN. Either way, GONE WITH THE WIND, a classic American film, should NEVER be banned!

Jam 2 continues our discussion of racism by focusing on the life of Sammy Davis Jr., possibly America's greatest and most versatile entertainer--singer, dancer, actor, mimic, nightclub entertainer, Broadway star, TV and movie performer, recording artist and more--whose career trajectory in the 1940s and 1950s took him straight to the heart of racism in America's core (by people who considered themselves liberal). His struggle to live a life of dignity not constantly focused on his race was profound and cost him dearly. This jam is well worth listening to!

As always, we welcome your questions and comments, and if you have a topic you'd like us to address in future jams, we hope you'll let us know!

This episode of TALK JAM  is brought to you by the novel, Over My Dead Body, by Kelly Fitzgerald Fowler.