Somebody forgot to tell Jet magazine that Santa is white! Long before FOX News declared it a “historical fact” that Santa Claus was a Caucasian man, Jet was running an annual black Santa cover, featuring noted music and comedy celebrities. Here are 10 of our favorites, with cover appearances by Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sherman Hemsley, Esther Rolle, Bill Cosby Richard Pryor, and more.
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Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Esther Rolle, Bill Cosby, Redd Foxx, Sherman Hemsley, Richard Pryor, Emmanuel Lewis, Black Santa, Soul Santa
The great Redd Foxx (1922-1991) was born John Elroy Sanford 92 years ago today in St. Louis, Missouri. This photo of Mr. Foxx with Nina Simone in 1959 is one of my favorites. Photo: G. Marshall Wilson.