Isaac Hayes

Hammer Museum: Bruce Talamon & Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Photographer Bruce Talamon saw it all during the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, he found himself backstage with an all-access pass to the heart of the music scene, photographing icons such as James Brown, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson Five, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Al Green, Barry White, and Donna Summer. He is joined by one of his favorite subjects, bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire.

This Week in Black History (August 20)

August 20 1942- Composer, songwriter, musician and singer Isaac Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee. August 21 1943- Harriet M. West became the first Black woman major in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). August 22 1989- Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton was gunned down by a member of the Black Guerrilla Family drug ring in Oakland, California. August 23 1954- Computer scientist, geologist and engineer Philip Emeagwali was born in Akure, Nigeria. August 24 1950- Chicago attorney Edith Sampson was named the first Black representative in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. August 25 1925- The Brotherhood