Fresh Black Girls: Aisha Tyler!
Those of you who know me personally knew this was coming… I wrote Aisha Tyler somewhat of a fan/advice letter when I was trying out stand-up comedy in 2004 and she personally responded. I wrote to her because I ‘talk white’ and I can’t and won’t do anything about that to please others, which makes it harder to spread my gift of a funny bone sometimes. Aisha has pretty much turned ‘talking white’ into trailblazing. I mean honestly, look at the mainstream black comediennes who have hosted shows and done a few acting bits but aren’t really actors: Niecy Nash with that flower? Sherri Shepherd on The View being an Uncle Thomasina? Maybe I could get behind Wanda Sykes, but all of them are so…black, that their acceptance by the mainstream is suspicious, and NONE of them are hot enough to have been in their skivvies in Maxim magazine like Aisha (all six feet tall of her, which makes her FIERCE in my book). She also wrote Swerve: A Guide to the Sweet Life for Postmodern Girls which I read and laughed through from cover to cover. Most sweatworthy is that she graduated from Dartmouth and was the first black recurring character on Friends – and she didn’t go “Mmm Hmm girl…” a single time. I honestly can’t think of many black girls fresher than Aisha. And ‘talking white’ rocks.