The Brothers Scott (from the left Rafik, me, Hassan and Ali)
My Grandmother Susie Heathman (third from the left)
circa 1895 at age 17
My Grandmother Susie Heathman Ashby
a/k/a "Ma Ashby"
My Grandfather Julian
Ashby, age 18
My son and namesake Kenneth
Dancing The Black Swan Pas de Deux
with Cousin Edna Matthews
(aged 12 or 13)
My son Jonathan a/k/a Dred Scott, and my lovely daughter-in-law Adriana Evans
My sons and me
(that's Kenneth in the yellow shirt and Jonathan in the white)
My dearly beloved wife,
My dear, dear friend and ex-wife,
My Grandfather Lester Scott
My cousin Owen Wells, NBA player for the Houston Rockets
(1950-1992) Gone too soon
My grandmother's sister, Josephine Heathman,
who was our family's first professional opera singer.
As an actress, Aunt Josephine performed alongside Paul Robeson
in the 1924 controversial drama All God's Chillun Got Wings,
written and co-directed by Eugene O'Neill.
She also appeared with Dooley Wilson (pianist Sam in the film
classic Casblanca) in 1936's Conjure Man Dies.
My mother's sister, my Aunt Doris Ashby. Aunt Doris was the first dancer in our family,
and was one of the world famous Cotton Club Girls, featured with Duke Ellington
My mother's brother and my Uncle Irving Ashby
(at far right on the guitar) playing with the King Cole Trio.
Uncle Irving was one of the world's best jazz guitarists.
Irving Ashby publicity still
My maternal grandmother's brother,
The Honorary William A. Heathman (1873 - 1973).
Judge Heathman graduated from Boston University Law School in 1898
and he was history's first Black man to pass the Rhode Island Bar
Brown University ceremony honoring Judge William A. Heathman
(that's Uncle William on the far left)
My beautiful mother, Phyllis
My debonair father, Leslie
The dedication of Brown University's Heathman Hall,
named after my uncle, William A. Heathman
(the ladies are, from the left, my Aunt Louise Heathman, and my grandmother)
Mother and me singing