Emmett Cobb, Tonelli and Ahmed-El were all the same man, yet with three unique personalities. The most noted of thee was Tonelli, a man of many dimensions.
- Tuesday, 20 March 2012 20:31
- Tuesday, 06 March 2012 20:43
Cobb’s refusal to remove his fez, in the face of being held in contempt of court and jailed, symbolized the Black Nationalist’s belief that the existing institutions were inherently racist and the only option was to refuse to play by a set of rules stacked against them.
- Tuesday, 28 February 2012 19:43
Cobb was released quietly in the late 1980s. He stayed with his closet friend, John Drake, at Drake’s house on
- Tuesday, 21 February 2012 21:20
As much admiration as Cobb generated, there was equally as much disdain for what he represented as a Muslim Black nationalist of the streets. Published in the Call & Post, Mrs. Marva Stein of Alcazar Hotel represented this wide-spread sentiment, especially in the White community, that morals were being attacked.
- Monday, 20 February 2012 10:57
He was into jazz, too. As reported by Raoul Abdul of the Call & Post, during a Josephine Baker performance at the RKO Palace Theatre, he joined her in an “entertaining by-play across the footlights” after she spotted him in the front row and both exchanged Islamic greetings.