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    MARCH
    2015

    14

    Black Mississippi stuntmen helped pave the way Associated Press 6:48 PM, Mar 14, 2015

    (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, C. Todd Sherman)

    Members of the Black Stuntmen Association including, from left, Henry Kingi, Willie Harris, Alex Brown, Joe Tilque and William Upton pose for pictures after being honored at the Mississippi State Capitol on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. The group were honored for breaking racial barriers in the film industry.

    JACKSON, Miss. — Willie Harris couldn't have picked a better time to get shot.

    On the other end of the .44 magnum stood Clint Eastwood, playing the ultimate cool role of a police detective in the 1971 movie "Dirty Harry."

    Aggravated that his lunch was interrupted by a bank robbery, Eastwood strolls across the street and takes out Harris with one click of the trigger. Still chewing his hot dog. Brushing off a few shotgun pellets to the leg as if they were lint.

    And then he delivers the iconic line: "You have to ask yourself one question — Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?"

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    MARCH
    2015

    9

    Mississippi stuntman broke Hollywood color barrier 6:48 PM, Mar 14, 2015

    (Photo: Gwen Pierce, thechocolatevoice.com)

    Willie Harris, BSA President, along with colleague and business partner Alex Brown, Tony Brubaker, Phyllis Ellis, Henry Kingi, Joe Tilque, Oscar-Nominated actor, Elliot Gould and Academy-Award winning actor, Louis Gossett, Jr., were among those who came in support of and to interview on film, for an upcoming documentary on the life of being a Black stuntmen in Hollywood.

    The basis for creating a documentary is for the group to share with the world their contributions and struggles in the entertainment industry.

    One of the many struggles that the group encountered during the sixties was, instead of casting black stuntmen, Hollywood directors hired white males and painted their faces black to perform stunts. Therefore, the birth of the organization was formed out of a necessity to break down barriers, which ultimately resulted in paving the way for many of today’s Black entertainers, in front of and behind the camera.

    Inside of the warm studio, old colleagues, friends and a few family members laughed and joked about old times. The group, some of who hadn’t seen each other in years, had the opportunity to get caught up with life, and to reminisce about how the Black Stuntmen’s organization came about.

    Legendary actor Louis Gossett, Jr., interviewed with stuntman Tony Brubaker, whom he met while on the set of “Young Rebels.” Both men exchanged unbelievable stories describing the fight for racial equality in one of the most life-threatening professions.

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    Aug
    2014

    9

    Black Stuntmens 2014 Reunion In Las Vegas, NV

    The members of the Blackstuntmens Association reunite to celebrate the birthday of one of the founding members Willie Harris and to discuss future plans to visit the white House and the Smithstonian Institute for the ribbon cutting of the newest wing which will house the permanent installation honoring the contributions of the Black Stuntmens Association.

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    May
    2013

    12

    Willie Harris Meets Beau Biden

    On her recent trip to Las Vegas, Nevada Beau Biden stopped to chat with Willie Harris

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    APR
    2012

    25

    Willie Harris Meets With Michelle Obama

    On her recent trip to Las Vegas, Nevada First Lady Michelle Obama took a minute to meet one on one with Willie Harris

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    FEB
    2012

    22

    The Smithstonian Institute Includes The Black Stuntmen/women in the Permanent African American Exhibit.

    Black Stuntmen's Assoc meet with Smithstonian staff with Shelly Berkley in Washington DC. The Smithstonian breaks ground on the new wing which will house the permanent exhibit Of African American History to include the history and contributions of the Black Stuntmen/women's Association. Slated for completion in 2013. Smithsonian Institution photo by Dane A. Penland, 1980.