VEN (HOLLYWOOD) — Everyone knows the story of how Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) became the first white girl to dance on the immensely popular African-American music-dance television program SOUL TRAIN in the early 1970s, and how her decade-long affair with the show’s host and executive producer Don Cornelius helped launch a career in politics spanning two centuries and 12 presidents.
What you probably didn’t know is that Congresswoman Pelosi — or Shironda P as she was known on the show — spent 6 years — from 1971-1976 — passing as a black girl from Watts!
“Hell, everybody knew she was white,” former choreographer Claymore Peoples told VEN‘s Senior Entertainment Correspondent Godfrey Cambridge Friday.
“I mean you could smell the shoe polish a mile away. Finally one of the makeup artists took her to Kresge’s and got her some grease paint and cold cream and a Angela Davis afro wig.
“That’s when she caught Don’s eye. And the rest — as they say — is history. Now they all sayin’ she should resign for cultural misappropriation, whatever the f*** that is, and lyin’ about pretending to be black.
“Hell, she was more black than Shaun King or Barack Obama. And a better dancer than Sheila Jackson Lee!
“The girl had game! Shironda P doin’ the boogaloo. Damn, how I miss those times!”
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