424: Anthony Davis

When he was in college, he met Duke Ellington. “I was a freshman with a huge afro, an Angela Davis afro, and he pointed at me across the room and said, ‘You must be a musician.’” Thus anointed, he went on to compose operas including X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Central Park Five.

Person: Duke Ellington
Place: Turin
Thing: his hearing aids
Randy’s Thing: a pink slip

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