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MadameNoire received a statement from an executive in Hennessy’s consumer marketing department in response to this story, originally published yesterday. It reads:
Hennessy deeply regrets the release of this unauthorized and inappropriate media communication. The tone and content of the communication are contrary to the core values of Hennessy. We are reviewing the incident to make sure that mistakes like this do not happen in the future.
So Hennessy has lost their mind and suggested that since it’s too frosty outside, we can’t have barbecues or beach parties, so we should celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day indoors — with some mixed drinks of their signature spirit.
Hennessy shamelessly proceeded to list a selection of recipes that “MLK Jr. Would Be Proud Of.” And as you can imagine, according to LA Magazine, invoking the name of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote their booze wasn’t very well-received.
So Martin Luther King Jr. rallied up 250,000 people for The March on Washington, orated the I Have a Dream speech, and was assassinated in the name of civil rights, human dignity, and the betterment of mankind — and you’re telling us that the first thing MLK would be proud of is a damn cocktail? They tried it!
Here is the pitch, released by Pivotal — Hennessy’s PR firm — that ruffled our feathers:
“Monday is Martin Luther King Day, a day used to commemorate the work of the Civil Rights activist. In the middle of winter, beaches and BBQ parties are impractical for the majority of the country that are given the day off. Check out these delicious Hennessy V.S specialty mixed drinks that are perfect for any indoor gathering to celebrate Dr. King’s life.”
One of the mixed drinks suggested by Hennessy is the “Introspective Moment,” made with cigar-infused Hennessy, ginger beer, bitters, coffee, and a cherry.
If only Hennessy could take an “introspective moment” and taste their words before they spit it out to the public. We highly doubt Monday’s memorial services – commemorating King’s arduous fight for equal rights — will be partying it up with some “Henny” at hand.
If they wanted to talk alcohol and Dr. King, they should have at least attempted to be historically accurate. According to Seattle Times, orange juice and vodka was MLK’s preferred mixed drink.
MLK’s Daughter, Dr. Bernice King, Speaks Out On Party Promoters Using Her Dad’s Image For Twerk Parties
What are you doing on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. day? Some might head to King’s memorial in the National Mall in D.C. Others might watch one of the many biopics/TV movies done on his life. But if you’re a party promoter, you might throw a very random and ratchet twerk party for teenagers. Seriously, this stuff happens.
Our writer, Charing Ball, spoke about the issue with using MLK’s image for an array of unauthorized things and just plain ol’ tacky things, including parties, in an essay last year. But in an interview with Fox 5 that aired last night, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Bernice King, spoke about her own disappointment with her father’s image being used for such juvenile stuff, as more MLK-themed “twerk” parties are scheduled to happen this weekend. One that is catching a great deal of attention is a shindig in Michigan this weekend called the “Freedom 2 Twerk” party, but quite a few went on last year too (including the “Bopping For Peace” party in Chicago and others in Alabama, Florida and even Ontario, Canada).
“I feel like we have failed to reach these (groups).
This imagery thing is just appalling, and it’s almost embarrassing. For me, as his daughter, it’s like ‘wow’, I lost a father who sacrificed everything for them to live a much more dignified and respectful life, and for it to come to this makes me sad.
It’s one thing if they want to party in celebration. Its another thing when you take his actual image and suggest he is down with it like that.
I’m sad, really, that it’s come to the point where there’s a generation that has no appreciation and understanding for what my father stood for. It suggests to me we’ve got a lot of work to do to reach them.”
And work is what Dr. Bernice King wants to do, suggesting that the King Center will contact activists and community organizers in the places that the parties are supposed to take place. She wants to have an open dialogue with them about what can be done to reach young people there so they know more about her father’s contributions to their freedoms, and in turn, take the day meant to honor his life more seriously.
What do you think about the party promotions?
Well, there appears to be more drama involving the family of slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to TMZ actor and social activist Harry Belafonte has some of Dr. King’s original speeches in his possession. He also has the notes that were in his late friend’s pocket when he was assassinated back in 1968 and the condolence letter written to Coretta Scott King by President Lyndon Johnson. Harry is looking to auction off the items, but Dr. King’s family isn’t really going for it.
Back in 2008, Harry tried to sell the items at a Sotheby’s auction, but the Kings objected and the auction was canceled. According to reports, Harry has been pretty angry about the way things went down and now he’s taking Dr. Martin Luther King’s estate to court. Now he’s not requesting money, but instead he’s asking for a judge to rule that he is the rightful owner of the items and that he has the right to sell them if he pleases. Oh, but there’s more. Sotheby’s is keeping the items until a judge rules on who the rightful owners are.
There’s no word on exactly how Harry acquired any of the items, but he and Dr. King were good friends. MLK frequently worked out of Harry’s New York City apartment and Harry offered him lots of financial support. It sucks that things have come to this. Hopefully they can settle this amicably.
The movie will reportedly be brought to life by DreamWorks (along with Warner Bros.), who had major success last year with the film Lincoln. According to reports, both of the studios have been trying to get a picture on Martin Luther King, Jr. made for years now, dating back to 2009. The story would follow King from his early days as an activist and go all the way to his assassination in 1968. The script has already been put together by Kario Salem, and producers behind the project include Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Samuel Nappi.
As Variety pointed out, for both Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx, biopics are pictures they do some of their best work in. Of course, Foxx picked up an Academy Award for his role as Ray Charles in Ray, and Stone is known for his biopics, including, JFK and W.
As talented as Foxx is, do you think he would be a good fit for Martin Luther King, Jr.? Would you go see it? Or are you too through with the stream of biopics coming out these days?
As you surely know by now, today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. One of the major criticisms from that historic event back in 1963, was the fact that the women were completely left off the program. Dorothy Height, the woman who headed the National Council of Negro Women, was supposed to speak that day but something happened. Thelma Daley, director of Women in the NAACP, told the Washington Post they were waiting for her to speak: “We didn’t know the full story. We didn’t know the dynamics. We didn’t know the inner workings. She was too much of a diplomat to tell us.”
Though women weren’t on the program, their presence was still felt. Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson encouraged Dr. King to deliver the most famous line from his speech that day: “I Have A Dream.” He had delivered the “I Have A Dream” line before in Detroit and his advisers didn’t want him to use it again. But Mahalia Jackson, who sang at the ’63 march, yelled out during his speech, “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin.” And that’s when he started the iconic line with “I still have a dream…”
Today, in the program itself we saw just how far we’ve advanced. We still have work to do but this year, women were surely involved in the program. Check out the short listen of women who spoke at the #LetFreedomRing event.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis is already in the history books for his part in the Civil Rights Movement. And now he’s in the comics. The longtime activist tells his story in comic book form.
The Georgia Democrat’s March: Book One, was released earlier this week and was published by Top Shelf, co-written by Lewis staffer Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Nate Powell, reports The Huffington Post.
According to Lewis, the 128-page volume will be part of a trilogy. The first installment focuses on his early life – from raising chickens in Pike County, Alabama, to meeting Martin Luther King Jr. and holding lunch counter sit-ins and civil rights protests in Nashville, reports HuffPo.
“It’s all there,” Lewis said, from his “growing up” to his discovery of the 1957 comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story.” He even writes about his time as a freedom rider and civil rights leader in the 1960s, during which he was severely beaten while marching for voting rights.
“It was very inspiring … and when I attended the nonviolence workshops in Nashville at a local church, we all had an opportunity to get a copy of this book we called the ‘comic book,’” Lewis told HuffPo. “We were able to digest the essence of the book as we studied and participated in those nonviolence workshops.”
Lewis has made the books more than affordable. They cost just 10 cents!
Do you think kids will read and learn from the books?
Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay is taking over Lee Daniel’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic. Selma, in which David Oyelowo will play the lead role, will focus on King’s 1965 voting rights campaign. Daniels was originally working on this and the Butler, but ultimately chose to complete the latter due to funding issues.
DuVernay is said to be finalizing the script. There’s no indication when filming will begin.
Read more at Essence.com