Talk To Me: The Real Petey Greene Lovin’ Watermelon
Thembi Ford 15 July 2007 4 Comments
Hitting theaters this week, Talk To Me stars the lovable Don Cheadle and the semi-wretched Taraji P. Henson (she was the girlfriend in Baby Boy, yech) in the biopic of tv/radio personality Petey Greene. I haven’t seen it yet but have been obsessed with this real Petey Greene video,”How to Eat Watermelon,” for a while now. He’s like some ol’ imaginary uncle of mine with that vest and Commodores haircut, making me question whether Don Cheadle could ever do such authentic country negritude justice. On the other hand, he’s sitting in one of those bamboo Huey Newton chairs while talking about watermelon in a disturbingly passionate way, kind of turning black power on its head. It’s definitely one of those black culture love-hate moments where I have to just say “we are who we are and I love it.” See for yourself.