Author: Ken Coleman
Release Date: December 31, 2007
The story of Queenie Jones, the most famous, notorious, and controversial black female entertainer of all time encompasses a century of her life, troubles, and lessons learned. Yet it twists as the story is told to a young, Jewish writer and he becomes infatuated, fascinated, and envious of her life’s choices. It’s a love story of a very odd couple.
What begins as her retrospective becomes his inspiration to question his choices, passions, and happiness, yet he doesn’t understand why. What begins as her story becomes his lost soul crossing all his barriers of race, religion, culture, and economics as we all struggle with image, sex, religion, and family, and he wants more. What begins as a project for him to make money becomes her acceptance of his short comings and validation of his passions, what every man yearns for.
Memories Vision was inspired by documentary on Ella Fitzgerald. At then end her son praised her accomplishments to which she added, "I wasn’t a very good mother." This story explores the relationships a successful woman has with the men in her life, her children, her public, and herself, as well as the young writer. Memories Vision is not a story only for people of color. It’s the journey of a man who was presented an opportunity to learn from an unlikely source, became engulfed in the over powering words and wisdom of the teacher, that he grew well beyond his world of understanding. In the tradition of Driving Miss Daisy and Tuesdays with Morrie, there’s Memories Vision.