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Black History Month Pop Culture Challenge Week 2: Answers

26 February 2010 2 Comments

I know I’ve been slipping with timely posts of the quiz, but I keep realizing that I have to make them harder. Yes, you read that right. Here are this week’s standings:

1. Mr Smart Guy – 105 (a perfect score)

2. Woe and Reads4Pleasure – 95

3. Lola AM – 185

And the rest of you aren’t far behind so its going to come down to one or two questions! The next and final round will be posted on Monday (I swear, completing a black history month feature in early March is even a bit too CPT for my own tastes).

1. Photo ID. This is a screenshot from which short-lived sitcom?(10 points) – Melba starring Melba Moore. The show lasted exactly ONE episode.

2. Which music producer is known for shouting “Ladies and Gentleman!” at the beginning of his tracks? (10 points)

Jazzy Pha

3. What movie is this screenshot from? (10 points)

Def By Temptation, a recent obsession of mine. I don’t know why.

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 inHow 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 Sherman Hemsley? (10 points)

There are a bunch of ways but my favorite was submitted by Sojourners Place: Sherman Hemsley guest starred as Uncle Phil’s crazy mentor on Fresh Prince, James Avery was on Sparks with Terrence Howard, and Terrence Howard played Jackie Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream. Of course, Angela Bassett portrayed Katherine “go to bed, Joseph. Go. to. bed!'” Jackson.

5. Obligatory Michael Jackson Question (last year each quiz featured a question about The Cosby Show, but this year will be all about MJ!). Michael Jackson was crowned King – yes, a real king – in which country? (10 points)

The Ivory Coast. As Traci pointed out, it’s kind of ironic.

6. Who took this photograph? (15 points)

Moneta Sleet, Jr. He was the first African American man to win a Pulitzer, and the first African American of any gender to win one for journalism.

7. Clear That Sample. Which hip-hop song sampled this original track? (10 points)

This song is George Benson’s “A Changing World,” and Common used it for his ode to hip-hop, “I Used To Love H.E.R.” (which itself was sampled for his duet with Erykah Badu, “Love of My Life.”) Kind of crazy that dude was complaining about the state of hip-hop in 1994, don’t you think? Watch the video to refresh your memory if you missed this one.

8. Connections. What do these three singers have in common? Make a good argument for your answer and if it’s complicated enough I might accept it! (15 points)

I can’t believe how many people got this, and even some of y’all gave multiple answers and then defaulted with the right one – all of these singers were played by the actor Leon in tv movies or feature films.

***Dig in The Crates Extra Credit Question: What does “recycles Benz’ refer to? (15 points)

Great job on this one, fam! Although it means nothing at all, my landlord posted this sign in my hallway back in the summer of 2008:

Read full post here, because that apartment was truly gross but it’s funny now that I don’t live there.


  • Tafari said:

    Im taking away 2 things here! A strong desire to see “Def By Temptation” & A Blog post on Moneta Sleet, Jr. That is a nice piece of little known Black history!

    You’re the best!

  • titi_215 said:

    Hilarious the landlord misspelled “Attention”…what a way to get your attention! LOL. Madness. That quiz was hard…I was anxious to see the answers revealed. Thanks!

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