So it may come as a surprise that Brown carried on a relationship with singer Tomi Rae Hynie.Dave Chapelle starred in a number of classic films before finally making his jump to Comedy Central to present “Chappelle’s Show.” The classic comedian often tackled sensitive issues such as racism and other hot button topics in a way that was both amusing yet very much real.
He attempted to show social injustice, racism and the need for change through many of his photos, including American Gothic, D. He moved on to his most lasting work, the blaxploitation film in the 1970s and continued to champion civil rights.
Though obviously showing an affinity and love of black women, Parks became romantically involved with railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt later in his life.“The Godfather of Soul” James Brown was more than just an influential musical artist.
While interracial relationships are not nearly as uncommon as they once were, we’d be lying if we said that the dating and marriage histories of some of the nation’s most outspoken black social activists didn’t come as a surprise to us.
Let’s take a gander at socially and politically active black men who dated outside of their race.
After King’s assassination, Belafonte continued the push toward equal rights and even became an executor of King’s estate.
Aside from civil rights issues, Belafonte has been outspoken politically, openly criticizing the Bush administration.It wasn’t long before he would pen his first autobiography, .His commitment to the anti-slavery movement and, later, to women’s suffrage was undeniable.From collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Kanye West and U. K., the soulful Wilson has put his stamp on the music industry also as a solo artist with his Grammy Award-nominated single “There Goes My Baby.” Little-known, however, is his marriage to drug rehab social worker, Mahin. It’s surprising that a woman of any race would get with Flav, but there’s something especially surprising about the rapper behind such socially conscious hits as “Fight the Power” and “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” to get involved with a white woman.In all fairness, Flav is an equal opportunity lover, having fathered a number of children by black women, but later in life he developed a liking for white women and got involved with Danish model Brigitte Nielsen.Regardless of his extracurricular activities, though, there is little denying the impact and historical significant that King as well and his civil rights mission have had on black people and society as a whole.