Marvin Gaye And Gregory Hines To Be Honored With Postage Stamps

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

The legacies of the legendary Marvin Gaye and Gregory Hines will continue to be honored as the United States Postal Service announced that both entertainers will receive stamps.

According to Essence, Hines will be on the 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series. The image to appear on the postage stamp will be a full body shot of Hines taken by Jack Mitchell, with the sole of his tap shoe present in the photo.

Gaye’s stamp will be a part of the Music Icon series, where his image will be a design that resembles a 45 rpm record sleeve by Derry Noyes, who received original art from Kadir Nelson. The image will depict a painting of the “What’s Going On” singer on one side and a brief write-up of Gaye’s impact in the music industry on the other.

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Check out my new US Postage Stamp! Coming in 2019. Marvin Gaye. With this new stamp in the Music Icons series, the U.S. Postal Service honors Marvin Gaye (1939–1984) — the “Prince of Soul” — one of the most influential music performers of his generation. The stamp design features a portrait of Gaye inspired by historic photographs. The stamp pane is designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes the stamps, brief text about Gaye’s legacy, and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve. Another portrait of Gaye, also inspired by historic photographs, appears on the reverse along with the Music Icons series logo. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp pane with original art by @kadirnelson #marvingaye #kadirnelson #stamps #motown #usps

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The U.S. Postal Service created the tradition of honoring the legacies of many American individuals who have positively shaped and transformed the world, dating back to 1847.

Executive Director of the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services, Mary-Anne Penner, weighed upon how the postage stamps keep American history and culture alive.

“The miniature works of art illustrated in the 2019 stamp program offer something for everyone’s interest about American history and culture,” she stated. “This program is diverse and wide-ranging and tells America’s story on stamps.”

Gaye and Hines will be among the many African American legends who have been honored including Rosa Parks, Lena Horne, Maya Angelou, and countless others.

Marvin Gaye was an artist during a pivotal time in the United States, with songs like “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing,” and “Let’s Get It On.” While Gregory Hines was well-known for his acting, singing, and amazing tap dancing. His tap dancing brought a new electric approach to the traditional dance that transformed the art as a whole.

The stamps of these two legendary African American entertainers will debut next year in 2019.


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