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Black History Month Pop Culture Challenge Week 1!

2 February 2009 22 Comments

In an effort to revitalize Black History Month for ’09, I am conducting a Black History Month Pop Culture Trivia Challenge.  Every Monday I will post a new set of trivia questions and you will have until the following Sunday evening at 8:00 pm to submit your answers to me via e-mail at quiz@whatwouldthembido.com. I will post the answers and the top 10 scores every Tuesday. The quiz will be cumulative, so anyone can take the lead at any time! The best part is, because I love my readers so much, the winner gets a $100 gift certificate to iTunes, Target, or Amazon.com! I’m so for real!

The best way to go about this is to copy and paste the quiz into an e-mail, title the e-mail “Week One” insert your answers and send it to me. I will only accept one entry per week per person, and you may not use an anonymous e-mail address for submissions. Don’t leave answers in the comments because what’s the point of that?! Lastly, if you use the internet to find the answers you’se a CHEATER, but to guard against you sneaky petes not all of the questions can be answered through Google alone anyway so don’t even try to break fly! And yes, there will always be an extra credit bonus question that loyal readers will have an easier time answering.

1. Photo ID. This is the cast of what 1970’s sitcom? (5 points)

2. Government Names. Give me the popular name of each of these black music artists. (2 points each)

Maurice Young

Douglas Davis

Leslie Pridgen

Tionne Watkins

Eleanora Fagan

3. Random Math: Take the number of Tops and multiply them by the number of “Heartbeats.” Subtract the number of original Wu-Tang members and add the number of Jodeci members. Show your work for partial credit! (5 points)

4. Six Degrees of Angela Bassett. You’ve heard of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?” This is the black version because lord knows Angela Bassett has worked just as much as he has! Connect Angela Bassett to another celebrity using movies, television, or music. Easy example: How can you connect Angela Bassett to Larenz Tate? One path is that she was in How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Taye Diggs, who was in The Best Man with Nia Long, who was in Love Jones with Larenz Tate. Remember you can use tv, movies, or music, but not relationships like who’s dated whom, etc.

Can you connect Angela Bassett to CCH Pounder? (10 points)

5. The Token White Person. For each show, name the token white character. (2 points each)

The Wayans Brothers



The Parkers

A Different World

6. Hip-Hop Quotable. Fill in the blanks, 2 points each. “This is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ by the _ _ _, the black, and the _ _ _ _ _, with the _ _ _ on the road again, _ _ _ _ _!”

7. Who Am I? Name this woman and her 1960’s singing group. (10 points)


8. Who Am I? At 7’2, this actor specialized in playing monsters and such. Name one of his characters and this actor’s real name (5 points each).


9. The Obligatory Cosby Show Question. Name 5 friends of the Huxtable kids and which kid they were friends with.  They don’t have to be recurring characters (3 points each).

10. Clear That Sample! The original song below was sampled for a hip-hop or r&b jam. Name the sampling artist and song. (15 points)

EXTRA CREDIT: Bonus Reader Appreciation Question: What is Thembi’s favorite television show EVER? (10 points)


  • Dara said:

    How is it that I grew up IN THE BUNK BED BENEATH YOU and cant answer nan none of these questions?!?!?!?

  • admin said:

    You were in the bed above most of the time.
    Look at you messin it up already.

  • Kesi said:

    Dang Thembi, you sure makin us WORK for that hunned, huh? Im feelin real un-blackish at the moment with these questions. Geez Louise!!
    I’ll do the best I can.

  • L.A.W. said:

    For number 4, does it have to be 6 degrees or can it be less?

  • admin said:

    It can be as few as you need, 6 is the maximum.

  • lola gets said:

    I am going to try to do this…but I dont think Ill get that far. But Imma try!


  • admin said:

    Don’t be discouraged! I expect the average score to be like 50 or so.

  • Woe said:

    The Wu-Tang part is gonna mess me up. There’s one member that I don’t know if he was original or not. Damn!

  • Undercover Black Man said:

    The game-show nerd in me just got happy in his pants.

    Way to bring it, Thembi.

  • Courtney said:

    Sent!!! But for real though…did Sandra have any friends?

  • admin said:

    Sandra had a friend here and there but you dont need to choose one friend for each Huxtable kid. Feel free to double and triple up around any of them, I’ll even give you credit for Pam’s cronies but no boyfriends!

  • sickathanaverage said:

    LMAO @ Dara… And Courtney, I think Sandra’s only friend was her dopey husband! LOL… But seriously, Thembi, what’s good with the math question (you want ME to multiply and add… Geesh!!!)

  • sickathanaverage said:

    And c’mon now roomie, you know MY BUTT knows your fave TV show 😉

  • sickathanaverage said:

    Wait, there was a white person in Martin? I cut class so many times to watch re-runs of that joint and I STILL can’t remember no white folks…

  • Lola AM said:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t know any of these!

  • [fung'ke] [blak] [chik] said:

    Awww #8, didn’t he die a while back & was married to the lady from 227?

  • Woe said:

    What if it ends up being a tie?

  • admin said:

    I’ll post this in next week’s quiz also, but in case of a tie I’ll do up to three tie-breaker rounds. After that I’ll have to split the prize.

  • Bo Bliz said:

    sheesh… i can’t even get 5 or 10 and those should be my strong points. dag thembi.

  • sickathanaverage said:

    You know I got the Wu-Tang on, son!! Dolla dolla bill, y’all 😉

  • tum.i.dea said:

    hey….just reading some of the stuff on your site…well…some of it i could kinda get and most not …back in the day in South Africa we only, we only received like a limited portal to black entertainment…so…kinda hard but…its great to get us all searching for this black trivia :-)

  • Lola AM said:


    Didn’t she say “don’t leave answers in the comments”?