LITERATURE - Visions of a Black Santa

December 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Red Foxx SantaRed Foxx SantaRed Foxx dressed as Santa Claus for the December 27th, 1973 cover of Jet Magazine. I'm ashamed to say I've never subscribed to a Johnson publication.  And though I've always enjoyed them and appreciated the underlying mission, it was always at someone else's expense (i.e. a waiting room copy, library copy, mag section of a store).  It's been said that you never know what you have until it's gone, and that's how I felt stumbling across the Red Foxx photo in this post.  Johnson Publishing did away with the print version of Jet Magazine earlier this year (don't worry fellas, "the beauty of the week" is still rolling in digital form), ending an amazing 63 year run as one it's premier magazines.  And while I can still view my beauties each week, I won't get to see any iconic covers anymore - particularly the holiday covers where celebrities dressed as Santa Claus and talked about their personal Christmas traditions.  I guess all things must come to an end, but I'll still have memories (and the power of Google Images at my fingertips).

Here's to Black Santas, Christmas carols, and chestnut-roasting.  Happy Christmas Eve!


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