Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dolemite is Dead. Long Live Dolemite.

Rudy Ray Moore, comic trailblazer, died on Sunday, October 19. Dolemite is his best known persona. He was raw, unapologetic blackness. He was a black comic for black people in the days of the chitlin' circuit. Unlike his contemporary, Redd Foxx, he never really went mainstream. His larger than life, blacker than black, badder than bad image is the root of rap's braggadocios style. Farai Chideya of NPR's News and Notes had a great analysis of Rudy Ray Moore's impact on American culture here.