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Jimmy van der Lak – Black is Beautiful

Jimmy van der Lak had no trouble finding work when he arrived in Amsterdam in 1925. He was a celebrated tap dancer and bar tender. He briefly made a name for himself as a boxer using the name Jimmy Lacky. sign in  to read more

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In addition, he worked as an extra in feature films and as a model at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten.
In 1930 Nola Hatterman painted a portrait of Jimmy in an outdoor café. Hatterman uses several motives symbolizing Jimmys occupations at the time. The clenched fist represents the boxer Lacky. The performances in the newspaper represent the artist Lucky and the glass of beer, the bartender Lucky.

Artists like Nola Hatterman (1899-1984) also had political and social reasons for painting black people. In the 1920s and 1930s many artists were communists, who viewed black people as the main victims of capitalism.

Jimmy got a job at a restaurant in Scheveningen. In one of his interviews he says:

When I arrived in the Netherlands in 1925, there was a grand total of 11 Surinamese here. Business really started to pick up. I was a crowd puller like you wouldnt believe, being the only black waiter in the Netherlands. Whenever I walked outside, people would stop me. Buses would stop. The boss didnt want me to take any time off, so that guests would not come in vain. I was an attraction. Scheveningen without Jimmy was unimaginable.

After the war Jimmy went to Berlin, where he became a famous cocktail shaker and tap dancer and was an extra in several major feature films. He even became European cocktail mixing champion in 1953. In 1969 he wrote a booklet on cocktails. He knew all 420 recipes by heart.

His brother Rudolf about Jimmy:

My brother Jimmy could turn anything into a show. Everything Jimmy touched turned into gold
He did everything that was expected of him as a black man, as long as he got paid.Black people were a new phenomenon in society. As more black people entered the country, Jimmy became less and less special. He had a hard time accepting that and became embittered.

In 1970 he was photographed one more time: he appeared on the cover of Panorama magazine as the first black Saint Nicholas.

Go to http://www.blackisbeautifulamsterdam.nl for more information and a full research lab.

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  • Anonymous

    very interesting, some people learn to adapt to well. its like in adversity he some where able to flourish and excel. Thats the great thing about people back then, they are able to adapt.

    The black santa was funny too.

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