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The Colors of Japanese Internment

Similar questions might have echoed in the mind of the internee Bill Manbo, a car mechanic from Riverside, California, when he picked up a camera to document his surroundings after months of captivity at the Heart Mountain camp, in Wyoming. Though internees were initially prohibited from bringing cameras into the camps, that rule was loosened at Heart Mountain in 1943. The photographs of another internee, Toyo Miyatake, who was sent to Manzanar, in California, and assembled a makeshift camera from a lens that he had smuggled inside, have become essential records of the incarceration. But of all the most famous images of Japanese internment by either internees or government-hired photographers, only Manbo's were in color.

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via @kitabet/New Inquiry. Previously.

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Clyde Stubblefield (1943–2017)

The Original "Funky Drummer" Clyde Stubblefield has died at age 73. (Okayplayer, Rolling Stone, NY Times, Washington Post) [previously]

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1943, Clyde Stubblefield began his professional career as a teenager, touring with Otis Redding. At age 22 he was hired by James Brown, and played on some of Brown's biggest albums, from Cold Sweat to Sex Machine. Stubblefield is perhaps most famous for the "Funky Drummer" solo, sampled as a breakbeat in over a thousand songs.

After leaving Brown's band, Stubblefield continued playing for many years with fellow alumni including Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, and "Jabo" Starks. For over two decades he was also the house drummer on PRI's Whad'Ya Know?.

Clyde Stubblefield was enormously influential, and counted many great musicians among his fans. When Stubblefield was treated for cancer in 2001, Prince helped cover his medical bills.

Give the drummer some.