A LIBERATED WOMAN MEETS A GAY GANGSTER IN ’50s HARLEM

The most celebrated liberated, muse/lover/artists of the late ’60s is Betty Davis, the funk goddess who hung with Jimi Hendrix, briefly married Miles Davis and made a couple of hard core funk LPs before dropping out of sight due to mental health issues.

Not as well known, but equally bold in her sensuality and connection to numerous black music innovators, is the late Lithofayne Pridgon, who died April 22 in Las Vegas at age eighty-one. Perhaps if her unreleased 1973 album on Atlantic was ever unearthed from the vaults Fayne would have a…