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This Pic of Jesse Jackson and Marvin Gaye is 5 Types of Awesome

While browsing the Tumblrs, I came across the pic below and squealed in delight.

Jesse Jackson Marvin Gaye Playing Basketball

What we have here is Jesse Jackson playing basketball with the late great Marvin Gaye. And I’m living!!! For so many reasons.

First of all, we MUST talk about Jesse’s afro. Mr. Jackson’s afro looks so damb legit. Like he found out the secret to healthy natural hair before the rest of us did. It’s all voluminous and stuff. Even with the headband on it, I can tell this ‘fro commands respect. Looking all plush. Did he use shea butter and coconut oil? You gotta pay #amish to that coiffure of his. Young Jesse GOT IT.

And then, let’s talk about their shorts. These two macho men got on daisy dukes to hoop. It was the 70s to this was the norm. But it still doesn’t make it less hilarious. Why were their shorts so little? Were the afraid their thighs would get too hot? Look at Marvin’s shorts? Lawd, I’m afraid one wrong move gon end up with in two (or three) balls being visible on the court instead of one. Just tiny. They were hooping in boxer briefs, basically. HA!

But, I must admit. Those shorts show off some pretty great gams on these fellas. Look at Marvin Gaye’s thighs. Perfectly hairless and smooth. Some of us could only wish! After a wax. And Jesse got them strong calves. I’m here for it ALL.

Good times. But seriously. This picture is about 5 kinds of awesome. I love it.

Whatcha’ll think of this pic? Also, I wonder who won this game.

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  1. Barbara Sanders
    December 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm


    Rev. Jackson said he won it! Marvin Gaye lost and had to perform at a PUSH Fundraiser!!! This was a great historical moment in Black History.

    • December 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      That is so dope! Rev. Jackson got game, huh?

  2. TT
    December 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I can see that Marvin was gifted in a whole other way through those lil ass shorts

    • December 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      LMAO!!! Ma’am.

    • Ashley
      December 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      #ThatImprint I’m almost positive that (not so little) Marvin made a cameo on the court every time he jumped.

    • Kenya
      December 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm


      I’m so grateful I wasn’t the only one who peeped Marvin’s “Let’s Get it On” imprint!

      • December 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        YALL ARE SO NASSY!!! lolol

        • TeeNikki
          December 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm

          I hate yall for making me scroll back up to validate these claims LMBO

        • TeeNikki
          December 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

          Umm, yall, it’s more than an imprint. His third eye was peeking tryna see if there were any honies in sexy #alphets on the sidelines.

        • niknok
          December 4, 2012 at 11:56 am


      • Sarah D.
        June 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

        I peeped it too cuz I’m a perve. I’m not mad at myself or the sneak peek. #JussSayin.

  3. Deekie Mack
    December 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I need you to know that I do not like Jesse Jackson. Haven’t for years. And my disdain for his general showhisassery peaked during Obama’s first presidential campaign. However, if I must be honest, young Jesse coulda touched it. Twice. Something about them arms and legs are kinda nice. 🙂

    • December 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      *DEAD* You. are. a. mess.

    • dmaclee
      December 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      I was about to say the exact same thing!!!!!

    • June 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm


  4. Devon (@dmb07)
    December 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Jesse is rocking that Hector from Heathcliff headband. Maybe he and Marvin took the convertible Catillac out for ice cream after the game.

    • Taj Mahal
      December 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

      I scrolled then I rolled. That’s exactly who he looks like! A throwback roast for a throwback pic. I do approve!

  5. Erin
    December 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Feelin some kinda way about Marvin right now. And it’s making me uncomfortable. *peeks back at the pic*

    • December 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      SMH I see you, Erin! Looking all in Marvin Gaye’s booty shawts. lol

  6. December 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I live! I can’t get over the chocolately smoothness of Marvin’s thighs! *cues the theme song from the Nair commercials*

    • December 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Chocolate smoothness indeed!

  7. SanTara
    December 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Marvin’s “sexual healing” is seepin’ from under them little shawts!! ok, bye! *scrolls back up for further inspection*

  8. December 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    This is a great historical photo. And yeah, Jesse does look like a hair commercial.

  9. ab
    December 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Can’t believe you posted this pic. O_O
    Its not for sharing, its winter nights by the pillow, when the other half is away and the hand must stray…

  10. Rachel
    December 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    This is AMAZING. In every way. The comments are killing me. And I approve of Jesse’s afro, for sure.

    You can publish old-school photos like this *anytime*, Luvvie.

  11. Joi
    December 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    If you look at the liner notes you will see the lyrics to Sexual Healing was actually written by Marvin Gaye’s shorts.

  12. Luminous P Jenkins
    December 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    My daddy wore them shorts WELL INTO the 90s to play basketball. I still hate him for that.

    • December 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      LMAOOOO!!! Why did this make me cackle?

  13. JaLonda
    June 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I damb near slid out my office chair behind “Let’s Get It On Imprint”!!!

  14. misstish
    June 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hilarious how fashions change…Jesse is all dressed for a bear convention. With those pretty, muscle-y legs, big fro, and ALL those acres of chest hair, he’d be the belle of the ball(s???).

    Yes, Luvvie, I’m going to my room to seek Jesus.

  15. Diva
    June 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Jessie was using nothing but juices and berries on that fro! And them legs are showing off all them muskles!
    Marvin’s smoove thighs are What’s Goin’ on! Whew.

  16. Yogi
    June 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Am I seeing Marvin’s blessed assurance peeping out them shorty shorts.
    Okay bye. (As I scrolling back up.) I promise I’ll only look with my good eye.

  17. Helen Renee
    June 20, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Jesse is lookin like he is talking so much trash… like, “you wanna know what’s goin on… I’m about to to serve you this slam dunk.. that’s WHAT’S GOIN ON, SUCKA!”