In December 2019, The Root conducted a scientific study to determine who the most “Blackfamous” person in America.
“Blackfamous” is the gap between black stardom and white anonymity.
For instance: The highest possible rating on the “blackfamous” scale would be someone EVERY black person knew but was unknown by EVERY white person.
So I ask: Who is the most “blackfamous” person of all time?
— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) December 14, 2019
Frankie Beverly won by a landslide.
A very self-assured white person once tried to convince me that she had been invited to “the cookout” by citing that she loved “Frankie Beverly and
the Maze.” While the group is relatively unknown to white America, I admit that I thought the Rolling Stones were an offshoot of the Mamas and the Papas because the Temptations told me that “Papa was a Rolling Stone” (sadly, when he died, all he left us was…anyway). I also assumed Creedence Clearwater Revival was a series of summer…