A History Unsung: The Life Abdul Jami Allen

Atlanta, GA

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A History Unsung will be hosting its first speaking engagement on Tuesday, November 13, 20012, and it will be featuring the local metro Atlanta resident, Abdul Jami Allen. Mr. Allen was once known for his extraordinary dancing ability and influence in New York City's disco dancing scene during the 70s. Mr. Allen will be speaking about his rise of popularity during the 70s and being recognized as the "Black Fred Astaire," and opening for many popular disco/R&B acts during this height of fame.

Mr. Allen will also be speaking about his relationship and interactions with journalist, Nik Cohn, and how Mr. Cohn used Mr. Allen's image and popularity to inspire him to write, "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night," a fabricated story about Italian teenagers that were a part of New York's disco dancing scene; Warner Brothers would later make a film influenced by Mr. Cohn's images of his story and make the popular Hollywood film with John Travolta, "Saturday Night Fever."

Mr. Cohn would later admit in 2007 in an article published by, MOJO Magazine (May 2007/162 [The True Story of Saturday Night Fever]), that his story, "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night," was false and inspired by the life of Mr. Allen.

A History Unsung will be a free event to the public.