Goal Dust: The Warm and Candid Memoirs of a Pioneer Black Athlete and Actor

Goal Dust: The Warm and Candid Memoirs of a Pioneer Black Athlete and Actor

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 1568330146

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Woody Strode's extraordinary career led him from football field to wrestling ring to Hollywood. In 1939 Woody, Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington led UCLA to its first undefeated football season. After World War II Woody and Kenny Washington became the first blacks to play in the NFL. In 1950 Woody became pro wrestling's first black star, After that it was a small step to Hollywood where he appeared in such films as The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, and The Cotton Club. Sam Young and Woody Strode met while working on a televisions production. Their relationship grew until after three years, countless hours of conversations and interviews, Goal Dust was completed.

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Jack Johnson because he was smart and arrogant. He messed with white women; he had three white wives. And he consistently beat white fighters. This is where the term "Great White Hope" started, because the white world searched desperately for a white fighter that could beat Tack Johnson. Finally Jess Willard beat him in 1915, and from that time until Joe Louis beat James Braddock in 1937 there were no black heavyweight champions. Joe Louis was the first popular black heavyweight champion. Joe was

of today's outstanding college players becoming a cop? Rocky got him on the force, and Kenny had a hard time as a cop. I remember one night I was going home and I saw him having a confrontation with a drunk on Central Avenue. I got out of my car and thought I'd have to help him fight this guy. The ignorant blacks had no respect for Kenny. To them, if you achieved success in the white man's society, you were an Uncle Tom. I probably landed the best job of all the graduates. I went to work for

"Well, that's a goddamned Hawaiian." Her group sat down at a table across the room. She had her G O A L DUST back to me, but she kept turning around and loolung at me. I started to get embarrassed. I don't care if you're a white man or a black man: if you're in a bar you don't look at another man's woman. But there she was dancing with Jackie and winking at me. I told the guys I was with, "Let's get out of here." We started to walk out, and as I got near the door she grabbed me. She said,

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