Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Sunday 05 February 2017

The Harlem Globetrotters: Ninetieth Anniversary Show Set To Dazzle @ The Brighton Centre

Founded ninety years ago, the Harlem Globetrotters started off as a five person detail by founder Abe Saperstein. Originally the Savoy Big Five, the team quickly evolved and have now played over 20,000 games. 

The Globetrotters enjoyed immense popularity in the 70s and 80s. The Harlem Globetrotters cartoon show on CBS earned some of the highest ratings in the history of Saturday morning television, and the team had their own live action Saturday morning variety show, The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine.

In 1985, Olympic Gold Medalist Lynette Woodard joined the Trotters, becoming the first female to ever play on a men's pro basketball team and helping to blaze a path for the WNBA. The Globetrotters have featured thirteen female players in their illustrious history. 

Harlem Globetrotters highlights 2016

Because almost all of its players have been African American, and because of the buffoonery involved in many of the Globetrotters' skits, they drew some criticism in the Civil Rights era. 

The players were derisively accused by some civil-rights advocates of Tomming for Abe, a reference to Uncle Tom and Jewish owner Abe Saperstein. 

However, prominent civil rights activist Jesse Jackson (who would later be named an Honorary Globetrotter) came to their defence by stating:

"I think they've been a positive influence...They did not show blacks as stupid. On the contrary, they were shown as superior."  

Harlem Globetrotters tricks and funny moments

The current line-up features basketball players from across America, with a roster that includes favourites Big Easy, Ant, female start TNT, Handles and Hi-Lite. 

Former Globetrotters player and current head coach 'Sweet' Lou Dunbar said: 

"We''e looking for people who can play the game. We're always looking for great basketball players who have great personalities.

"We want people to get an education first, too, so we recruit people who are graduating college. All of our players are well-educated."

Last year the Globetrotters tipped off the celebration of the team's 90th anniversary by naming Pope Francis an Honorary Harlem Globetrotter, following the Pope"s weekly General Audience, before a crowd of over 50,000 in St. Peter's Square. 

It was the eighth time the Globetrotters have had an audience with a Pope, and Pope Francis is one of ten Honorary Harlem Globetrotters in team history.

The Globetrotters' show features even more amazing basketball skills and wizardry, with a continued focus on family entertainment. 

For their 2017 tour, which visits the Brighton Centre in April, basketball's greatest innovators will debut basketball's first-ever 4-point line, a move that comes six years after the team unveiled the first 4-point shot in the history of the sport.

The Harlem Globetrotters at The Brighton Centre on Saturday 15th April 2017. See brightoncentre.co.uk for more details. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


John Finnemore has followed a well worn path and is pretty much your definitive BBC Radio 4 comedian; studied English at Cambridge University and cut his teeth in the Cambridge footlights rising to become its vice president in his final year. After graduating, he performed in Sensible Haircut with the Footlights team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000.

Following band frontman Mike Peters' major undertaking for last week's Record Store Day – which saw him perform at record shops in London, New York and Los Angeles in a three-stop transcontinental trip within twenty-four hours – The Alarm announce the release of their new album Equals.

A special ceremony is being held next month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

My first visit to The Spire. As you may have guessed from the name it was once a church (St Mark's Chapel, in East Brighton). This one has been converted to an arts venue. It still looks very much like a church though, just missing the pews and altar etc and of course, it has a stage… and wonderfully, and at least on this night, a foyer with seating and a bar.

It was always a pleasure for The Brighton Magazine to host The Beat's Dave Wakeling, when he performed in the city as part of the 3 Men & Black collective (alongside Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers and Pauline Black and Nick Welsh from The Selecter).

A new play by Townsend Theatre Productions relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick Strike, a dispute that challenged the way women and immigrants are treated in the workplace.

Brighton based gallery 35 North Contemporary Fine Art is set to host Deanland, a new exhibition of original work by painter Alexander Johnson and photographer John Brockliss. 
Pic by Paul Mansfield

The Rock House Festival 2018 brings together learning disabled bands and upcoming and established music-makers from Brighton and beyond for a day of live music at Green Door Store, Brighton.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018, in Brighton - one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.
Pic by Miles Davis

King Charles III is a future history - our present monarch has been laid to rest, and Charles, after waiting patiently for the crown, finally succeeds. So begins Gary Cook of his visit to witness King Charles III, at Brighton Little Theatre.

Brighton Festival artist Theresa Lola has won a prestigious Brunel International African Poetry Prize, scooping a major prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. 

Apocalyptic, driving, loud, furious, dangerous and desperate, 'a wild walz for the end of time' indeed. So begins Simon Turner's review when he witnessed Hofesh Shechter's 'Grand Finale', at Brighton Festival 2018.

The tenth anniversary of the Ride-to-Work scheme is marked by the release of Heartwork, an experimental track created by Brighton-based Paul Hartnoll of Orbital based entirely on the heartbeats of Britain's cycling commuters. 

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd