Today’s Black in the Day fact


Sugar Shack, circa 1970s

If you’re familiar with 1970s black culture, you’ve probably seen this picture before. It’s famous for appearing in the theme intro of the show, Goodtimes (1974) and on Marvin Gaye’s album cover I Want You (1976). 

 But did you know that the painter was also a NFL football player?

Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) was an African-American painter known for his dramatic artistic use of movement and space in his paintings. He spent his time drawing exuberant, expressive paintings when he wasn’t on the field playing with the Baltimore Colts, Titans of New York, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and the Canadian Football League throughout the 1960s.

Click here to learn more about Barnes’ life and career.


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