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[25 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]
Did Moms Mabley Predict The 2008 Election? Black female entertainers have always walked a fine line between the stereotype of the vulgar, oversexed temptress and the large, asexual mammy figure. When it comes to creating a comedic persona, there's nothing less-funny to black audiences than trite, overdone stereotypes (or, so I thought until Madea came along, but I digress**). Moms Mabley circumvented all of that by presenting herself as an toothless old lady in a bathrobe and raggedy hat who also had the foulest mouth around and couldn't keep her mind off of sex.

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[18 Dec 2009 | 71 Comments | ]
In Memoriam: Alaina Reed Hall

Information is still developing, but Alaina Reed Hall passed away on December 17 at the age of sixty-three. The cause of her death has not yet been officially reported but the actress, best known for her roles as Rose Holloway on 227 and Olivia on Sesame Street, has been very public about her ongoing battle with breast cancer. She participated in the documentary “Breast Cancer Examined: An African-American Perspective," to commemorate 2009 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and share her courageous approach to fighting the disease.

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[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

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[22 Oct 2009 | 16 Comments | ]
Random Michelle Obama Sweatage Fact #1: I cannot now nor could I ever double dutch Fact #2: I cannot double dutch because I came from private school to a public school where no one would let me have enough turns to learn how to do it. Fact #3: When I tried to participate by turning the rope, I was called "double-handed." I still don't know what that means. Fact #4: Due to the above events, there is a hole in the tapestry of my blackgirlness. Fact #5: Michelle Obama is way blacker and doper than I am, because even though she is not very good at it, she has double dutched on the White House lawn!


AND she hula hoops.

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[6 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

Big black women are just sooo funny aren't they? How else can you explain the premiere of TWO shows starring black female comedians whose girth has played major roles in their public personae? Sarcasm aside, I watched both The Mo'Nique Show and Sherri Shepherd's new sitcom Sherri with an open mind expecting laughs, the chance to identify with women more like me than most, and my usual cautious optimism. Here's what I found:

The Mo'Nique Show


I respect Mo'Nique and hope she succeeds at everything she chooses to pursue. That said, watching her new talk show on BET feels like going to church at the hair salon while listening to a motivational

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[12 Aug 2009 | 6 Comments | ]
One To Watch: Aisha Hinds Aisha Hinds is striking: brown, bald-headed, and full-lipped, with a deep, crystal clear voice and black and beautiful features. My "a-ha!" moment with Ms. Hinds came courtesy of HBO's True Blood in her role as voodoo lady/drugstore clerk Ms. Jeanette (a character that was meant to be a good twenty years older than Ms. Hinds, who is thirty-five). Aside from her commanding screen presence, the true pleasure in her performance is her voice.

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[9 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Odds & Ends backboobs Oh, Google Reader, thank you for the share function and for friends like Mr. Smart Guy who share things with me that no one should see, like this "back boobage/diminished glutes," tragedy posted by Saney Sane over at In Hood Terms. Now I get to share it with you but still pretend that I had nothing to do with spreading it across the Internet. Figuring out this woman's body is a Rubix Cube level endeavor, so good luck.

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[7 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Chaka Khan has a distinctive, amazing voice, a dazzling stage presence, and a fascinating life story. But what I really care about is the hair. Ever since I knew there was a Chaka Khan I’ve wanted my hair to be …

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[3 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Fresh Black Girls: Naomi Sims


On Saturday, August 1, the "first black Cover Girl" Naomi Sims passed away at the age of sixty-one. Naomi Sims was born in Mississippi but grew up in Pittsburgh, enduring foster care life in poor white neighborhoods after her mother became ill. She credited her rough upbringing for inspiring her to become somebody, and as a pretty, but brown and lanky teen she earned a scholarship from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. It was still 1966, and as much as the "Black Is Beautiful" movement had taken root there was still so little interest in black models that Naomi had to get creative...

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[22 Jul 2009 | 7 Comments | ]
Random Michelle Obama Sweatage She cut her hair! I like it and am now more sure than ever that the Halle Burrrreh style is on its way back in. michellecut Update: Churrrrl, this is not a cut, says stylist Johnny Wright . . .

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[16 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
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So much to write, so little time and willingness to hit the 'publish' button... in the meantime, check out some of my favorite stuff from other sites!


The photo above is from what Brokey McPoverty has named "possibly the most awesome book ever." As usual she analyzes the pure crazy with panache, and even treats us to a mind-boggling excerpt from this wildly foolish example of misguided Negroness. Laugh riot.

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[11 Jun 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

"Underrated" is one of the more overused words on this blog but I have to fight the good fight and salute ridiculously underrated performers like T'Keyah Crystal Keymah. We know her best from television where she demonstrated her strength in comedic timing and impressions on sitcoms and sketch shows such as In Living Color, Cosby, and That's So Raven. T'Keyah also has a particular talent for cartoon voices, which has led to her extensive voiceover career (Pinky and The Brain, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child).

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[9 Jun 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
This Week’s Love/Hate Relationship With Black Pop Culture My take on this week in black pop culture! tpainchain Is this really necessary, T-Pain? I get so irritated at myself for paying this kind of mess any mind because that's just what this autotunin' fool wants, but to spend $410k on an almost-humorously redundant chain without it actually being funny? It may be the struggling writer in me talking but that really fries my rice! I haven't seen anything this ridiculous in a long minute. Hate.

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[15 Apr 2009 | 6 Comments | ]
Fresh Black Girls: Anna Deavere Smith!


Baltimore native Anna Deavere Smith has the name recognition of a black c-lister but the accomplishments of a black American legend. You probably recognize her best from her recurring role as Nancy McNally on The West Wing, as Mrs. …

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[26 Dec 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

If not for my chronic procrastination and Eartha Kitt’s obvious status as a Fresh Black Girl, I would have honored her well before her passing on Christmas Day at the age of 81. She’s always been one of my favorite …