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[10 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Whenever I see Christopher “Kid” Reid on VH-1 or in a random commercial I ask “where is Play?” Play is the one I had a crush on, the one who was *really* cute, and, frankly, more than 50% of the …

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[19 Jan 2010 | 30 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Who Is Corey Johnson aka Musicorey? People always ask me, "Thembi, how do you find this stuff?" Well, this week I'm going to walk you through the process because there is no reason why a perfectly sane woman such as myself should be asking any questions about Corey Johnson. Please bear with me as I take you through the tragically painful journey of discovering all there is to know about this person.

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[6 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
I don't have anything to say about this. I'm spent

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[16 Sep 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Brother Franklin brofranklin There are three types of people on online: the kind who have never heard of Brother Franklin, the kind who have only seen him out of the corner of their eye once or twice, and the kind who watch his videos as often as possible just for a pick-me-up. The purpose of this post is to turn you into that last person, and as usual you'll either love me or hate me for it. First a primer: A few months ago a video of a man with a very special feeling about the Lord blazed across the internet. Please note that this video was posted in May, so the "Remember The Time" combination towards the end was completely

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[15 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Why is it that the older I get the more I sweat Diana Ross? I always thought she was so gorgeous and glamorous but now that I know what a *diva* is I’m in awe of the career she’s had. …

Crime of Fashion, Hair Freaks, Hip Hop Is Dead., Little People, Now That's Dancing!, Random Nostalgia, Spot Blowing, What the Eff?, Yipes! »

[22 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Disturbing Strokes, Indeed I hate the internet so very much. Seriously, I start off looking into something that is borderline scholarly and end up finding types of despair that make me realize that I have no business looking on the internet with an empty stomach. I started out at Mental Floss (a nerd site) where I discovered this tickling re-interpretation of the opening credits to Diff'rent Strokes called "Disturbing Strokes." It's entertaining to see how much different music can change the intentions of Mr. Drummond. Check it out:

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[10 Mar 2009 | 12 Comments | ]
Thembi Keeps It Real: I Love Donnie!

I know it seems like I always keep it real but there are too many little secrets about myself that people aren’t aware of just because they prove that I’m not “cool.”  The blackgirl acceptance theme of this blog’s title …

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[3 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

What do you get when you cross scenes from 1941’s Hellzapoppin’ featuring black dance troupe Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers with our beloved Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments”? Check out this hot editing battle courtesy of Voidstar. The lindy hop was no …

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[15 Sep 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

This is NOT – I repeat – NOT Blair Underwood. When Mya on Girlfriends cheated on her husband with that jump-off Stan, he was played by Don Franklin, not Blair Underwood. When Regine from Living Single finally met her handsome …

Coonery, Fresh Black Girls, Hair Freaks, Long Live the Colored Race!, Not Racist Cuz It's True., Now That's Dancing!, The Black Archives »

[17 Jun 2008 | 20 Comments | ]
Why is it that almost every black sitcom has had at least one "talent showcase" episode, while such episodes on mainstream sitcoms have been few and far between? I've certainly never seen anyone seriously throwing on costumes to sing and dance on Friends or Seinfeld, and the "talent showcase" in black sitcoms certainly pre-dates reality shows like American Idol. Ever since I learned that "coonery" is one of the search terms that has brought people to WWTD, I've been thinking a lot about our tendency to cut a rug and start up some showtime just for its own sake. I believe that random talent showcasing on black sitcoms is due to two factors: first, black sitcoms have so many multi-talented performers that can do more than just act.

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[9 Oct 2007 | 8 Comments | ]

Lately it seems like the Internet has had true coonery in short supply, so I procured my own from an episode of Good Times that came on the other night. Florida, Penny, little Kim Fields, and some random boy are …

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[25 Sep 2007 | 7 Comments | ]

I actually prefer this to whatever the kids are doing these days.
Hey Harvard Kids: Doesn’t this remind you of Expressions?…

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[31 Jul 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

I think these two cuttin’ up was the best moment ever on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air; I can’t front on the fact that an ex-boyfriend and I would sit in the car seat-dancing like cornballs to this …

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[25 Jun 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

I’m posting this for no other reason other than I can’t stop watching it over and over again. I’m loving that pantsuit Wanda aka Pearl Shay aka Helen Martin…RIP.