This post is a timeline-in-progress that consists of remixes of the well-known image of Huey P. Newton in a Rattan chair. The purpose of reconstructing this timeline is to get an understanding of how the many remixes interrelate. Together they form the life and afterlife of this iconic image and the evolution of the significance of it in pop.culture.
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On May 15, 1967 in Oakland, CA, USA, the photograph of Huey P. Newton in a rattan chair composed by Eldridge Cleaver was published on page 3 of the 2nd edition of ‘The Black Panther. Black Community News Service’.
Between 2nd half of May and beginning of July, 1967, a poster of the photograph of Huey P. Newton in a rattan chair was printed.
On July, 1967 in The Black Panther Party HeadQuarters in Oakland, CA (USA), a photograph of Huey P. Newton in front of the poster of Huey P. Newton in a rattan chair was made by Ted Streshinsky.
On November 23, 1967 in Oakland, CA (USA), a picture of Huey P. Newton in a rattan chair accompanied by the headline: Huey Must Be Set Free, was published the front-page of The Black Panther, Volume I, Number 6.
In January 1968, in Los Angeles CA, USA, Bunchy Carter unfurled a poster of Huey Newton on his wicker throne at a poetry reading to declare Huey Newton was the leader of the Black Liberation Struggle.
On February 17, 1968 at the first Free Huey Rally at the Oakland Auditorium in Oakland, CA (USA), an empty wicker chair was presented on stage.
On September, 1968 at the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland, CA, USA, a photograph of Black Panthers holding up posters of Huey in a Rattan Chair at a rally made by Stephen Shames.
On September 29, 1968 in Oakland, CA, USA, the poster of Huey P. Newton in a rattan chair with bulletholes on the window of the Black Panther Party National Headquarters was photographed by Stephen Shames.
On January 15, 1969 in Oakland, CA, USA, a picture of the poster of Huey in a Rattan Chair was used to support Huey’s Statement on Stop The Draft Week and was published in ‘The Black Panther, Vol 2, No. 20’.
On January 25, 1969 in Oakland, CA, USA, a photograph of John Huggins holding up a poster of Huey in a Rattan Chair made by (presumably) Stephen Shames, was published in “The Black Panther —Vol.2, No.21”.
On February 17, 1970 in Oakland CA, USA, a duotone image of Huey in a Rattan Chair with the caption ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUEY’ made by Emory Douglas from the original photo by Eldridge Cleaver, was published in ‘The Black Panther. Vol.4, No.10.
In May, 1970, in New Haven, CT (USA), the poster of Huey P. Newton in a Rattan Chair on the wall of the New Haven Panther office that is lined with sandbags was photographed by Stephen Shames.
On August 15, 197o in The Bronx, New York, NY, USA, the cropped photograph of Huey P. Newton in a rattan chair on a blue background accompanied by the text “Welcome Back Huey” featured the cover of Vol 2, nr 9 of ‘Palante, Latin revolutionary News Service’
In May, 1972, a photograph of Eddie Kendricks in (what appears to be) an African chair holding a spear in his right hand made by Weldon Arthur McDougal III, was published on the cover of the album ‘People … Hold On’.
In January 1975 in New York, NY, USA, a illustration of a gorilla in a rattan chair made by Iceman, was published on the cover of the album The First Minute of a New Day by American Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, The Midnight Band.
In 1985 in Dayton, OH, USA, a photograph of Sugarfoot in a rattan chair made by David Sanford under art direction of Simon Levy, was published on the back side of the album ‘Sugar Kiss’.
Around May, 2013 in the Florida public housing in the 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA, USA, a graffiti painting of Huey in a rattan chair was made by Brandan Odums, as part of “Project Be”.
In 2015 on the website slausongirl.com, a photograph of an unidentified woman dressed in black leather, wearing sunglasses and natural hair in a rattan chair was published.
On November 2015 in San Francisco, CA, USA, a photograph of Paris in a rattan chair made by Paris, was a leitmotif in the video of ‘Hard Thruth Soldier (Redux)’.
On October 7, 2016 in MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA, a performance by Beyoncé in a metal rattan chair holding two spears flanked by two female dancers, was part of the final concert of her Formation World Tour.
On April 20, 2017 in Oakland, CA, USA, a photograph of Oakland rapper Kamaiyah in a rattan chair, was published on Twitter as coverart for the upcoming mixtape “Don’t Ever Get it Twisted”.
On April 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom, a photograph of Zinzi Minott in a rattan chair on a crowded city street was published on Twitter as a promo for her solo dance work “What Kind Of Slave Would I Be?”.
On June 19th, 2017 in Hollywood, CA (USA), a movie poster of Chadwick Boseman as Marvel’s Black Panther sitting on a throne was made by Art Machine.
On July 6, 2017 in the United States, a cartoon of Jay Z posing as Huey in a rattan chair made by Rustam Hasanov, was part of the video “The Story of O.J.” directed by Mark Romanek and Jay Z.
On August 4, 2017 at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, MI, USA , a photograph of Mahogany Jones in a rattan chair, flanked by other Detroit female hip-hop artists made by Jenny Risher, was part of the exhibition ‘D-Cyphered’.
In October 2017 in Jacksonville, FL, USA, a lapel pin and patch of Huey in a rattan chair made by Radical Dreams, was published in on radicaldream.net to celebrate 50 years of the Black Panther Party.
On October 5, 2017, a photograph of Kendra Foster posing as Uncle Jam, was published by the singer on Facebook.
On March 31, 2018 in Danish West Indian Warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, a sculpture of revolt leader Queen Mary posing as Huey in a rattan chair made by Jeannette Ehlers and La Vaughn Belle, was revealed.
On October 31, 2018 in Houston, TX, USA, a photograph of Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon dressed up as Huey in a rattan chair, was published on social media as part of the Halloween festivities.
On December 11, 2018, a scene of Keith Walker in the role of Huey P. Newton in a rattan chair made by Jibril Haynes & Mathias Saunders, was part of the concept trailer for the film ‘Power to the People’.
On February 11, 2019 in The United States, a serie of images of strong black leads in a rattan chair made by Shamayim Shacaro, was published on Instagram and other social media as promotion for the podcast serie “LEGEND”.
On November 01, 2019 in United Kingdom, a photograph of Michael Kiwanuka in a rattan chair made by Olivia Rose, was used as a promotional picture for the album ‘KIWANUKA‘.
On April 17, 2020 in the United States, a photograph of Lovie Simone in the role of Selah sitting in a rattan chair made by Tayarisha Poe, was published in the movie ‘Selah and the Spades’.
On August 08, 2020 in Amsterdam Bijlmer, an image of a black woman (possibly Jessica de Abreu) sitting in a rattan chair holding a book on Angela Davis, was published on social media to promote The Black Archives Bijlmer.
On August 23, 2020 in West Oakland, CA (US), a photograph of an empty rattan chair with flowers, was posted on the Instagram account of Blackpantherpartylegacy.