Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Happy B-Day Larry Fishburne!

Yeah, I go back to when he guest starred on the PBS sitcom Up and Coming back in the early 1980s.  Anyway, so many characters to choose from and way too many movies to list.  Not gonna go with Ike Turner, or PeeWees Playhouse, or the obscure $hit that simply paid the bills.

So Larry, or Lawrence, here's to not being a sell-out, handling your daddy business as of recent, and hopefully you can pass the torch on to the next generation without going all Kobe.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wayback Wednesdays...For Trayvon and Justice

This is not to imply that a young man we lost way too soon did not have his faults but how many Trayvons are out there beaten by vigilante neighbors, unable to care for themselves or earn a living because they looked suspicious?

We all have moments when we blow up and say things to provoke that we cannot take back.  There was once a time when someone would take a deep breath and think about the consequences.

Right now it's the consequences that will lead people in the community to make these things disappear...outside of the legal system.

Why?  We HAD to BEG for a trial.  People had to explain why an unarmed BLACK teen should not have been shot at in the first place.  Then the media had to make a mockery of his friend.  For anyone who does not already know, Halle did not look the same when she was 18/19.  Is being dark, heavy-set and not a traditional beauty a crime or reason for some ugly, underachieving virgin to poke fun?  If so, they need to come get me right away!

So basically instead of coming full circle, the course has gone way off.  I didn't know about Mr. Martin's home life but often we hear about absentee fathers, mothers too busy working or trying to keep a man to pay attention to her kids, and the list goes on.  And of course, there's TV to tell others that we love to fight, have OOW kids we can't afford on our own, and cloud our heads with substances.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy 76th B-Day, Mr. Cosby

If you have digital TV, you will see that this man made many contributions long before Dr. Huxtable came along in the 1980s.  Though he has come under fire for telling the truth about certain communities, I'm glad he's one of the few living legends around today.

As an avid DTV watcher, I can find his old movies and Fat Albert cartoon series on Bounce, I Spy reruns on NBC, but I have a hard time getting the channel that shows The Bill Cosby Show (1970).  Personally, I don't hear much about this show or why it was taken off the air.  So below is an episode with Cicely Tyson as his blind date.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

WAYBACK weds ... Hot Buttered Boogie/Tasha Thomas

After two posts about people we lost, I thought I'd share a song that gets stuck in my head from time to time.  Actually, its just the chorus and the memory of me disco skating to this and thinking about those Dittos at JC Penney I could NEVER wear because my booty was too big.

Monday, July 1, 2013

RIP Jim Kelly

Blaxploitation era actor Jim Kelly, who later went on to be a tennis coach, succumbed to cancer on Saturday.  He was 67.  Courtesy of People mag.
Best remembered for his martial expertise in movie like Black Belt Jones and Enter the Dragon, here is a compilation video courtesy of Kickassvids/YouTube.