Loretta Aiken took her stage name, Jackie Mabley, from an early boyfriend, commenting to Ebony in a 1970s interview that he had taken so much from her, it was the least she could do to take his name.Later she became known as “Moms” because she was indeed a “Mom” to many other comedians on the circuit in the 1950s and 1960s.
She came out as a lesbian at the age of twenty-seven, becoming one of the first openly gay comedians. During the 1920s and 1930s, she appeared in androgynous clothing (as she did in the film version of The Emperor Jones with Paul Robeson) and recorded several of her early “lesbian stand-up” routines.
Mabley was billed as “The Funniest Woman in the World”. She tackled topics too edgy for most mainstream comics of the time, including racism. One of her regular themes was a romantic interest in handsome young men rather than old “washed-up geezers”, and she got away with it courtesy of her stage persona, where she appeared as a toothless, bedraggled woman in a house dress and floppy hat. She also added the occasional satirical song to her jokes, and her (completely serious and melancholy) cover version of Abraham, Martin and John hit #35 on the Hot 100 on July 19, 1969. At 75 years old, Moms Mabley became the oldest living person ever to have a US Top 40 hit (Louis Armstrong, who would have been 86 when “What a Wonderful World” became a hit in 1988, is the oldest overall, although Armstrong was younger than Mabley when the record was made).
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Phil Long - Founder of Longevity Wines
Winemaker/Founder Phil Long of Longevity Wines, began his journey making wine in the garage with his wife Debra. Now with over a decade of winemaking experience, and a list of awards too long to print, Winemaker Phil continues his journey with the constant of always improving in place. “In the business of winemaking, the minute you think you know it all, it’s time to get out.”
The cellar practices and techniques that Phil uses in the production of wine are constantly re-evaluated and improved, to ultimately elevate the quality of the wines produced. The grapes are personally sourced and chosen by Phil. “Great wine starts with great fruit, there is no way around that”. Grapes are sourced from only the best vineyards for use in the production of Longevity Wines. Phil began making wine in the Livermore Valley in 2006 under the Longevity label, using other facilities. It was only a matter of time before production was moved from other facilities, to Longevity’s own facility in Livermore. Yearly production from 500 cases per year, to the current production of 2500. Phil enjoys the challenge of making many different wines, and continues to strive for wines that are high in quality instead of high quantities.
Our beautifully appointed rooms will bring you the perfect blend of the nostalgia of 1940’s and the modern luxury you will come to expect from the Sojourn Heritage Brand.
We welcome you with a complimentary bottle of our signature wines, made by African American winemaker Phil Long. Each of our guest rooms also features a curated library full of wonderful reads about the artist, writers, musicians and entrepreneurs who made the Harlem Renaissance one of the most progressive and empowering times for African Americans. Relax and enjoy some of the movements most iconic books such as “The Souls of Black folk” by W.E.B Dubois or a “Their Eyes were watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston.
Experience our hand-crafted, eco-friendly shea butter infused toiletries all custom designed for Sojourn, not only to nourish your body but also delight your senses.
Hi speed internet and cable are also included in your stay, along with exciting new technology designed for the hospitality market.
Topping it all off, a complimentary full breakfast is prepared each morning just for you.
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1028 NW 3rd Ave
Miami, FL 33136
1028 NW 3rd Ave
Miami, FL 33136
In addition to our special suites, we will also host your special events such as private auctions, book signings, fraternity/sorority gatherings, small business meetings, bridal showers, baby showers, sales meetings, wine tasting, art exhibits and so much more. Contact us for additional details.