For MLK day: read my screenplay about a slave who became a master – of thoroughbred racing

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Before The Great Awakening of the early 20th century, when gambling was out of favor and the collective memory of thoroughbred racing’s “blackness” was lost, horse racing was America’s only popular national sport and that the greatest jockeys were all African-American.

Happy Bastille Day! – Now why the red caps?

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I went to get my usual croissant and cafe-au-lait today and was greeted by the pileus, or Phrygian red cap worn by freed slaves during the Roman Empire. It was in commemoration of Bastille Day, or the start of the French Revolution and the end of Feudalism in the modern era.