Monday, February 25, 2008

Stone Cold Solid Black History Month Moment #6: The Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes

The Sugar Shack is one of the most iconic African American images ever created on canvas. Ernie Barnes, an art major at North Carolina Central University and retired professional football player, lent this amazingly vibrant and rhythmic painting for the cover of Marvin Gaye's 1976 soul classic I Want You. Others may recognize it from the 70s TV show Good Times when J.J. passed it off as his own. Either way, it’s truly a fantastic masterpiece. I still have a crush on the ladies in red, blue & yellow. Yeeow.

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