The Inside Story of Tv's First Black Superstar

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"When The Flip Wilson Show debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television, black hosts nonexistent. So how did Clerow "Flip" Wilson go from Jersey City grade-school dropout to national celebrity, heralded on the cover of Time as "TV's First Black Superstar". Flip is a candid, entertaining biography of a consummate comedian who changed the face of American popular culture. Kevin Cook chronicles Flip's meteoric rise through the Chitlin' Circuit of segregated nightclubs to his breakthrough on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show to his hit variety show, on which he created such outrageous and hilarious characters as the sassy Geraldine and flock-fleecing Reverend Leroy. As one of the biggest stars of his time, he performed and partied with Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and other stars of the 1970s. Drawing on interviews with family, friends, and celebrities, Cook delivers the inspiring story of a complex man who broke the prime-time color barrier, blazing a trail for generations of African American performers who followed him"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2013], ©2013
ISBN: 9780670025701
Branch Call Number: B WILSON
Characteristics: 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 21, 2015

he let his kids roll his joints who knew? other than that little strange tid bit he was a great eccentric dad no different from the other famous fathers whose talent made for some often backwards and sad decisions in life his children though adored him as evidenced in the ceremony of his ashes being scattered funny loving and informative loved it.


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