Richard "Prophet" Jennings
Crossed over to the Jersey side on
December 18, 2005
He leaves behind his beloved daughter, Dominique Jennings.
Memorial Services will be held on
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the
P.O. Box 36807, Los Angeles, CA 90036
In memory of Richard Jennings
(from Ken Goldstein, director of the film, "Prophet Speaks": PROPHET SPEAKS tells the story of writer, painter, filmmaker, and philosopher, Richard Jennings, and of his importance to the world of black entertainers, mainstream music, and comedy. Among those who gravitated towards him were the artists who are now considered legends: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Sonny Rollins, and Max Roach, just to name a few.
The ‘Prophet’, as Richard is known, began his life as an entertainer dancing around the steel mills of Youngstown, Ohio, in the early 30s. But he soon became a pioneering journalist covering the music scene in Detroit. Despite bouts of illness and personal tragedy, Prophet took up painting and filmmaking while maintaining a lifestyle in the hub of the jazz world for the last half of the 20th Century. )