Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Black Stars of Professional Wrestling by Julian L.D. Shabazz

I was really excited when I head that this book was out there and even more excited when I was able to buy it. However, my joy soon turned to bitter disappointment.

While I think Shabazz, really tried to make this a good book showing all of the Black Stars of Professional Wrestling, it really fell short in my view.

There where a few wrestlers that really got good coverage in this book. Abdullah the Butcher, Bobo Brazil, Ray Candy, Junkyard Dog, Dwayne Johnson and Woody Strode got pretty good write ups, but I was kind of surprised at a few of the wrestlers that got big write ups, Jacqueline got a little more than two pages, really? I didn't think she deserved that much coverage.

Then there are wrestlers that only got their pictures in the book and no information such as George Wells also know as Master Wells, who wrestled and played in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos, Brickhouse Brown who wrestled in many a territory including the WWF doesn't get anything except his name mentioned, the same with Hardbody Harrison, Ranger Ross and quite a few more.

What really bothered me was the wrestlers that were not even included in the book: "The Black Assassin" "Big" Bill Tabb, one of my favourite wrestlers in the 80's also Pablo Crenshaw who worked in NWA and the AWA and Victor Rivera to name a few.

Overall the book is not bad, I just wished that it had more information about the wrestlers. It seemed like most of the wrestlers just got a picture and a name if that and no real history or a drawing.

This book was released on Aw$ome Records of Clinton, SC in 1999.

I have heard that there is a new updated version of this book that has been published, so I hope that some of the omissions have been corrected. If I see the updated version I will pick it up.

On a related note "Mr. Ebony" "The Black Terror" Tom Jones one of my boy hood heros is suffering from dementia and has been moved from Tulsa to a care facility near his family in Amarillo, TX if you are interesting in helping his family out with a donation see below:

DONATIONS REQUESTED: Tom Jones is in need of some basic needs, like clothing (size XL) and various other personal care items. Donations can be sent to Country Club Manor, ATT: Tom Jones/George Thompson, 9 Medical Drive, Amarillo, TX, 79106


Cheers,

Brian Guy

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