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Capturing The Vibrant Culture Of Black Cowboys

By F Jones - June 10, 2019

I started getting interested in cowboys after my neighbor in Oakland invited me to join her at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo in 2007 — my first ever. I was raised in cities (San Salvador and Miami) and had never experienced much of country life. Being out on a ranch and around horses was a new experience. Witnessing the connection the cowboys had with the horses and the glamour of riding was quite captivating. I was immediately hooked by the example of Americana and black history.

 

The Black Yeehaw: Fashion and History at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

GQ

Every year, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo travels the country, celebrating the legacy of the black cowboy. We brought some of the coolest Western-inspired fashion to the tour's Oakland stop and met the cowboys and cowgirls carrying on the tradition.

 

Bill Pickett Rodeo celebrates the legacy of Black cowboys

Rolling Out Magazine

Lil Nas X’s hit single “Old Town Road” introduced millennials to country music and R&B singer K Michelle considers herself a trailblazer in the genre as she is currently working on a country album. However, truth be told, African Americans have had ties to country music and the lifestyle therein much longer than many realize.

 

The real 'Old Town Road': Lil Nas X highlights black cowboy culture across US

USA Today

LOS ANGELES – Sitting on top of an enormous bucking bull, Ky-Manee Hardy says he has "all of the power in the world." The only thing preventing him from soaring through the air is his right-handed grip on a bull rope and his knees straddling the animal's torso.

 

The Greatest Show on Dirt!

City Pride Magazine

A white sedan hurtles down Flat Shoals Road and suddenly slows at the sight of a man dressed in cowboy gear riding a horse.

The man, Arkansas Dave, commands Chico Bang, his white and brown spotted walking horse, to rear up on his hind legs.

 

 

Where are Atlanta’s black rodeo riders?

Atlanta Journal Constitution

A white sedan hurtles down Flat Shoals Road and suddenly slows at the sight of a man dressed in cowboy gear riding a horse.

The man, Arkansas Dave, commands Chico Bang, his white and brown spotted walking horse, to rear up on his hind legs.

 

 

Capturing the vibrant culture of black cowboys

The Undefeated

I started getting interested in cowboys after my neighbor in Oakland invited me to join her at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo in 2007 — my first ever. I was raised in cities (San Salvador and Miami) and had never experienced much of country life. Being out on a ranch and around horses was a new experience. Witnessing the connection the cowboys had with the horses and the glamour of riding was quite captivating. I was immediately hooked by the example of Americana and black history.

 

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo provides rare glimpse at African American cowboys, cowgirls

LA Sentinal

Long before #OscarsSoWhite became a thing, Barbara Love knew something was off. Like a lot of people, she grew up watching Westerns on TV and at the theatres. It was who she didn’t see that caught her attention.

 

Richmond celebrates nation’s lone African-American rodeo

The Richmond Standard

The Richmond community was well represented at this year’s famous Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, which galloped into the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Grounds in Castro Valley over the weekend.

 

Bill Pickett Rodeo Blazing Into SoCal

Precint Reporter Group

For over 35 years, the BPIR has toured throughout the U.S.A. entertaining millions with thrilling professional rodeo competitions of the most skilled and entertaining Black cowboys and cowgirls worldwide.

 

MLK Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo

National Western Stock Show

Keep Black Rodeo Alive

Profile: Torry Johnson

"The black cowboy was left out of the history books. They were left out of the TV. So society had nothing to even help educate them that there were black cowboys."

This all African-American rodeo is keeping a forgotten legacy alive.

#BlackHistoryMonth