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Review, The Negro Channel, Web Stuff »

[20 Nov 2009 | 6 Comments | ]
Buppies is Fresh, Fun It's been over a year since the trailer for Buppies premiered here on What Would Thembi Do?, and the web series is finally coming to BET.com.Yes, I did say BET, but hear me out - I had a chance to watch the ten episode series in its entirety and it is equal parts fresh, hilarious, smart, and fun.


Think Beverly Hills 90210 or Gossip Girl meets the story of a crew of affluent twenty-something black socialites living in Hollywood (buppies = black + yuppies, get it?), dealing with the highs and lows of finding one's place in

Old School Fridays »

[20 Nov 2009 | 9 Comments | ]
Another Old School Friday is upon us, and this week's theme is especially exciting. Blame my overactive imagination, the fact that no real boys liked me, or my persistent couch potato tendencies, but I have had more crushes than I've ever known what to do with. I have always been boy crazy, and a simple search of this blog for the world "crush" shows how ridiculous I am.


At Least They're Not Black..., Fresh Black Girls, Music, Spot Blowing, What the Eff? »

[18 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Santo Gold v. Santigold


When recording artist Santogold changed her name to Santigold I wasn't really paying attention. I heard something about there being another artist who already had that name and kept it moving. But did you know that the man behind the name change is a tragically weird infomercial/jeweler/musician from the 1980's? He brought legal action against Santi for infringement, saying that by her use of the name Santogold she was "crushing [his] hopes of continuing his music and acting career." Really? 'Cause I ain't never heard

Review, WWTD »

[17 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]
A Must-Read: Girldrive

Are you a feminist? After your first reaction, think about it for a few seconds, then answer again.


When Nona Willis Aronowitz interviewed me for her book Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, she began with that very question. My first reaction was to shrug and answer "of course, shouldn't everyone be?" and I went on to explain how important my African-American heritage is when compared to my gender. Initially, I worried that explaining the prioritization of my blackness over my female-ness would insult a Jewish girl from Manhattan. I figured that, in spite of her obvious

Celebutainment, Spot Blowing »

[17 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Oh, JJ… I have to reveal some journalistic laziness on my part. I fully intended to go to the event advertised on this flier but other stuff, like laying in bed watching Special Victims Unit, seemed to have taken precedence.


Who can blame me for dodging the sorrow induced at seeing our beloved Jimmy Walker with his chin wistfully

Post-racial America my Great Aunt Fanny., Review »

[14 Nov 2009 | 10 Comments | ]
Precious: A Great Film With More Backlash Than Drawbacks After hearing reviews from Sundance, local film festivals, and showings in one of the original eighteen markets in which it was released during its first week, I was filled with anticipation for Precious. On a basic level, a dark, overweight, disadvantaged heroine is something worth watching (and analyzing), and the implications of a film endorsed via executive producer credit by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are so broad that I couldn't stay away. For these reasons, if not just for its stirring quality, I'm glad that I saw Precious.

The Black Version »

[11 Nov 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

“Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” is that gift that keeps on giving. First aired in 1983, the special was a mainstay in my childhood for years later thanks to the newfangled wonder that was VHS recording. This is the same …

Black Hair Talk, Celebutainment, Jacko, Post-racial America my Great Aunt Fanny., Spot Blowing »

[10 Nov 2009 | 16 Comments | ]
Sammy Sosa’s Skin Silliness (and Sickness)

Loyal reader Miriam posted a link to the Huffington Post article about Sammy Sosa's drastic skin color change, and added the note: "As far as I'm concerned, this is a Thembi-mergency." Miriam, I am on the case.


This is Sammy Sosa. For those of you who don't know, he's considered one of the greatest baseball players ever. He's of Dominican descent and his home run hitting ability was a source of pride for Latinos until he was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs and corking his bat in 2003. Sosa retired earlier this year, and since then seems to be passing the time gettin' purty. That's Sammy in May on the left, and

Old School Fridays »

[6 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Maybe it’s just our recent culture of “brushing off haters,” but I have a heard time drawing a full distinction between “I’m so inspired!” and “I’ll show ’em!” Let’s say, for example, your goal is to make a bunch of …

Feel Smarter, News, Our Shame »

[5 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]
Feel Smarter. WAY Smarter.

Man Calls 911, Doesn't Know His Address

Police Say Man Reported His Marijuana Stash Stolen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When you dial 911, there's certain things you have to do to make sure you get the help you need.

First, know your home address, and second, don't wait 45 minutes to dial 911.

Von Powell, 22, who lives near Gainesville, had a hard time doing both of those things after he said he was the victim of a home robbery.

The man also told police that one of the things stolen was his "personal stash" of marijuana.

When you're committing a crime and you're also the victim of a crime, it

Black C-Listers, The Black Archives »

[4 Nov 2009 | 15 Comments | ]
My Five Favorite Things About Sesame Street

Sesame Street turns forty years old today, which is quite an achievement even though Muppets can't die and don't age. The real accomplishment is that the show is an iconic collection of stuff about childhood and learning about our world nice and early. My Five Favorite Things About Sesame Street are...


5. The Robinson Family. Sesame Street was originally created for black, disadvantaged pre-schoolers, so the black Robinson family was supposed to be the focus of the the show even before the Muppets became part of the cast. Gordon Robinson (Roscoe Orman, who has played Gordon since 1974) is a teacher and is wife Susan (Loretta Long) a nurse. Throughout the show's run we've met

Hip Hop Is Dead., That Not-So-Fresh Feeling, What the Eff?, White People Dancing, White People Is Funny. »

[4 Nov 2009 | 9 Comments | ]

As a little girl (and for that matter, as a teenager) I was so self-conscious about letting people see me dance. I think it all goes back to fourth grade, when I was in non-optional after-school jazz and tap classes. …

Jacko, Review, The Black Archives, WWTD »

[4 Nov 2009 | 6 Comments | ]
This Is It: A Review The WWTD Dinner and a Movie Event was so much fun that I'll definitely have more in the future - the people who read this blog are fun and cool with sick senses of humor and an appreciation good times, so I want to thank everyone who came out! The real star of the event, of course, was Michael Jackson.