I just watched the movie Ray. It was based on the life of Ray Charles. For most of my adult life whenever entertainment was provided, Ray Charles was a part of that. He was someone my generation took for granted, always there and always great.

I knew very little about him personally until tonight. I was totally unaware of the fact that he was the first Black performer to refuse to appear in front of segregated audiences, a move that almost cost him his career.

I was totally unaware of the psychological battle that raged within him as a result of witnessing his younger brother drown when he was only 5 years old. This trauma resulted in him becomming a heavy drug user, which was another factor that almost cost him his career, his family and his life.

He battled all odds throughout his life, blindness, trauma, drug abuse, yet became the number one performer in America.

Anyone that hasn’t seen the movie must…. his story must be known, and the ugliness that was America must be known.

It was people like Ray Charles that made things better than they were…. there is still a long way to go, but the path has been started.
Thank you Ray!


  1. Rob K said,

    June 25, 2006 at 03:30

    Oh, hell, yeah, Brother Ray was one of the all time greats. I can listen to him sing anything.

    And like you, Peace, I had no idea of how he suffered over his brother’s death.

  2. DesertPeace said,

    June 25, 2006 at 06:02

    Knowing that about him Rob makes loving him that much easier.

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