In neighborhoods known for their high-dollar homes, millionaire pimps live alongside doctors, lawyers and business executives. Bumpy Johnson's widow Mayme Johnson (above, second photo) reveals the following in her upcoming book: I was born in North Carolina, not far from Ashville. And people started telling me, at a very early age, that with my looks I wouldn’t have to be poor long. I wasn’t going to bed with them, but I did let them take me out and show me a good time. And I was always most attracted to men who had money.
In one of the valley’s most exclusive communities, a small army approaches. I was what they called light, bright, and damn near white, with straight light-brown hair that hung down my back. I always said you don’t need a man who doesn’t have money because you can do bad by yourself.
It wasn't unusual to see Mike in the VIP section of the top nightclubs with a beautiful woman sitting in his lap. He'd drive downtown, to the 57th Street Diner, waiting by the car while his boss ate breakfast with Frank Costello. He'd start talking about philosophy, read me from Tom Paine, 'The Rights of Man' . Thankfully, this never happened because Frank was murdered before completion of the film.
He's also been spotted backstage at A-list concerts, mingling with celebrities. Then we drove to where he was living, on Mount Morris Park. Frank accompanied Bumpy to Cuba to see Lucky Luciano. when he was older, he'd lean over his chessboard in his apartment at the Lenox Terrace, with these Shakespeare books around, listening to soft piano music, Beethoven -- or that Henry Mancini record he played over and over, 'Baby Elephant Walk' . At the time of his death, Ward had decided to go legit and had invested heavily in legitimate businesses.
Additional information on Chester Campbell Wheeler below. " Black Underworld: Frank Ward not only met with Max Julien (above-with his two brothers) to make sure the actor portrayed him correctly, but he also provided protection for the cast and crew on the set of "The Mack." Ward was the biggest black crime boss/black godfather to come through Oakland, ever.
Backstory: A convicted murderer and reputed hit man for drug dealers -- who triggered a furor in 1975 when he was arrested with notebooks filled with details about drug investigations and top law enforcement officials -- was arrested Wednesday by federal agents. He was also a pimp with the largest stable in Northern California. Trouble came when Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party-who ran the political side of black Oakland-felt the production had infringed on their turf.
Though he may not look the part, Duncan has a history of violence including a 2007 armed robbery conviction and a recent federal indictment as an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. He hooked up with blues great Billie Holiday in the late 40’s and it was a shame the way he treated that poor woman.
This night, Metro investigators seek evidence of pandering. I can beat anybody.' "Icepick Red, suddenly he's nervous. He used to beat her right out there on the street, on Seventh Avenue.It’s the Metro Police Departments’s SWAT and Vice units and investigators from the Internal Revenue Service. It is the rental home of suspected pimp Wheelchair Mike who’s real name is Micah Duncan. By the time I was 14, men were already beginning to notice me. Harlem hustler John Levy might have been good looking and a sweet talker, but John was a man who took money from women.Investigators detain Duncan, along with his 19-year-old companion, as SWAT officers move from room to room. Hell, he’d want to pimp me and I’d want to pimp him. And – I found out later – if John didn’t get what he wanted from a woman fast enough, he’d beat the hell out her.According to rumors: She lavished him with gifts, including a ,000-0,000 per month allowance. ' Because now I'm with Bumpy Johnson -- a Bumpy Johnson man. Bumpy Johnson remains the most power black gangster in US history. He showed me the ropes -- how to collect, to figure the vig. Once Ward put his seal of approval on "The Mack" the crew had access to locations the likes of which had never been seen before-Nightclubs! According to actors and actresses on the set, Carol Speed was indeed Frank Ward's girl!Mike is also an alleged pimp with a stable of 20 women. Back then, if you wanted to do business in Harlem, you paid Bumpy or you died. Everyone had to pay -- except the mom-and-pop stores." With Bumpy, Frank caught a glimpse of the big time. Allegedly, some said Carol was a naive middle class girl and everybody was worried Ward was going to send her out on the street."CROSS COUNTRY CALL GIRL RING" (THE GABOR'S) Introduction: In the 1980's and 1990's, "The Gabor," call girl ring (led by Jimi Starr-top photo) had celebrities, politicians and athletes on lockdown in Hollywood, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle, Las Vegas and New York. In complete disgust, the trick continued to scream. Source: "Pimp Tales," by: James Robinson BUMPY JOHNSON: Drug kingpin Frank Lucas (who Denzel Washington will be portraying in the upcoming film, American Gangster) says- Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (above, very top photo, front) the most famous of all Harlem gangsters, saved my life. Red, he was a tall motherfucker, clean, with a hat. After the party Bumpy gave me the earrings and said he never wanted to see them again. Quinones Miller *The following is an excerpt from Mayme Johnson's upcoming book, "Harlem Godfather: The Rap On My Husband Ellsworth "Bumpy Johnson," by Mayme Johnson and Karen E. It wasn’t unusual for a gunshot victim to be wheeled into the operating room of Sydenham Hospital in Harlem in 1952. The man who, according to legend, almost single-handedly fought the infamous Jewish hoodlum Dutch Schultz when that notorious madman tried to take over the Harlem numbers rackets.