Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
While I was at "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment," an exhibit created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, I overheard plenty of discussions that pointed to the necessity of such an exhibit.
One visitor asked aloud, "Tina Turner, she was in Dreamgirls, right?" (Um...no.)
Much more poignant, was the conversation between some adults and kids. As they all marveled at the size of a boom box behind the museum glass, the adults told the kids that boom boxes were a precursor to the iPod. "We used to carry those things around."
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: Apollo Theater Exhibit at the Smithsonian