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I went to his concert and he was awesome. Anyone else love his music? :worship:
 

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I thought you meant the boxer.
 

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Great boxer, the Govt. did him wrong...

James Earl Jones did him right though :yeah:

Jack Johnson Arthur John (Jack) Johnson (1878 -1946) was the first black, and first Texan, to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.

Born in Galveston on March 31, 1878, he was the second of six children of Henry and Tiny Johnson. Henry was a former slave and his family was poor. After leaving school in the fifth grade, Johnson worked odd jobs around South Texas. He started boxing as a sparring partner and fought in the "battles royal," matches in which young blacks entertained white spectators who threw money to the winner.

Johnson turned professional in 1897 following a period with private clubs in Galveston. His family's home was destroyed by the great hurricane of 1900. A year later he was arrested and jailed because boxing was a criminal profession in Texas. He soon left Galveston for good.

Johnson first became the heavyweight champion of Negro boxing. Jim Jeffries, the white champ at the time, refused to fight Johnson because he was black. Then, in 1908, Johnson knocked out Tommy Burns in Australia to become world champion, although he was not officially given the title until 1910 when he finally fought and beat Jeffries in Las Vegas. Jeffries had come out of retirement to become the first of many so-called "great white hopes."

Race rioting was sparked after the Johnson-Jeffries fight. The Texas Legislature banned films of his victories over whites for fear of more riots. In 1913, Johnson fled because of trumped up charges of violating the Mann Act's stipulations against transporting white women across state lines for prostitution.

During his exile from the U.S., Johnson lost his championship to a white man, Jess Willard, in Cuba in 1915. He returned to the U.S. on July 20, 1920 and was arrested. Sentenced to Leavenworth in Kansas, Johnson was appointed athletic director of the prison. Upon his release, he returned to boxing, but only participated in exhibition fights after 1928.

Although married three times to white women, Johnson never had children. He died in a car crash June 10, 1946, near Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bibliography: Wendy Brabner, Ed., Texas Monthly Texas Characters Datebook 1985 (Austin, Texas: Texas Monthly Press, 1984). Ron Tyler, ed., The New Handbook of Texas, Vol. 3 (Austin, Texas: Texas State Historical Association, 1996) pp. 955-56.


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Jack Johnson is amazing! His tunes are so great. I would love to go to his concert. He's like another John Mayer, and they both sound awesome!
 

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I ADORE Jack Johnson too. Simple music but extremely effective. Added bonus, the guy is gorgeous ;)
 

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Aw, I love Jack Johnson too! He's brilliant. The 'In between dreams' album is fantastic, would love to see him live!

*And yes, he is bloody gorgeous! ;)
 

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*And yes, he is bloody gorgeous! ;)
He's a bit too young for you surely ;)
 

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Aw, I love Jack Johnson too! He's brilliant. The 'In between dreams' album is fantastic, would love to see him live!

*And yes, he is bloody gorgeous! ;)
You too, bitch! :boxing:
 

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I like some of his songs, very good
but my friend is OBSESSED! shes gonna go see him here in Toronto in September
 

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Back off my husband, bitch! :boxing:
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It's ok, I only have eyes for Rufus Wainwright ;)
 

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Thicker Than Water is my favourite movie soundtrack :) His songs on it are great.
 

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Brushfire Fairytales and On & On are amazing albums.
 
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