There's that old saying that there's "Truth In Jokes." And As Eddie Griffin puts it, he just used "Michael Jackson on Crack" jokes to "Get In The Door." On this clip, from Griffin's 2008 comedy special "Freedom of Speech," Eddie catches the audience off-guard-as he breaks down his understanding of The Origins of Man, Mathematics, Melanin & several other related topics. Don;t let the laughter distract you from the SUBSTANCE. Homeboy drops some pretty heavy jewels!
Playing the roles of a No-Nonsense GODDESS, at a time when most Black Women were portrayed as Weak-Minded & Subservient, Pam Grier has spent the past 40+ Years as a living embodiment of Grace, Beauty, Style & Fire! In honor of her 65th Birthday, we decided to devote a pictorial tribute to one of the "Women We Love." Enjoy!
always Front and Center to All Things Education & Culture, Our Brother Rasool M. Hashim-Ruffin of D.C. DRAMA MAGAZINE has been providing beautiful Images of What BLACK really Is-for Years... His latest installment includes footage from a Tribute Event honoring the Legacy of EL HAJJ MALIK EL SHABAZZ AKA MALCOLM X in Atlanta, a Couple of ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL VIDEO MONTAGES-filled with Rare Photos of Brother Shabazz, and an In-Depth Interview with The Minister of Information Professor Griff & Zaza Ali. To see more of the magic that comes from DC DRAMA, subscribe to the YouTube Page. #RESPECT
One of the MANY meanings behind the name "Wandering Eyes" clearly alludes to my love for All Things WOMEN!!! I love them in ALMOST all shapes, Sizes, & hues of color. another part of that meaning can be attributed to that desire to know where all things originate. in the case of today's post though, we look at the family lineage's of some of Hollywood's Past, Present & Future.
The Union of celebrated songstress Donna Summer & Singer/Songwriter Bruce Sudano brought forth two entries to this list. I remember watching a tribute to Donna Summer on BET, a few years ago, and feeling completely mesmerized from the moment her daughters walked out on the stage. First there's the Lovely actress Brooklyn Sudano, who starred as Vanessa on Damon Wayan's "My Wife & Kids." Lovely in her own right, younger sister Amanda Sudano is a Singer/Songwriter/Model. Along with her husband, Abner Ramirez, they make up the Nashville-Based Musical Duo Johnnyswim. Older Half-Sister Mimi Sommer ain't bad either. Don't be surprised if she makes it on to a Top 40-Over 40 List somewhere down the line...
27 Year Old Condola Rashad is probably the ONLY good thing that came out of the six year marriage union between former NFL Player/TV Personality Ahmad Rashad & TV Mother to Millions, Phylicia Rashad. While probably most remembered for her role in The Steel Magnolias Re-Make; but she is also an accomplished Stage Actress-nominated for a "Best Featured Actress" Tony Award in 2012 for her role in the play "Stick Fly." Earlier this year she took on the feature role of Juliet, in the latest adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo And Juliet."
From my childhood years-and still to this day-Lynn Whitfield has always shined as a Standout Example of the phrase "Black Is Beautiful." And clearly that trait has been passed on to her daughter Grace Gibson. Grace is the product of the short-lived marriage between Whitfield & English Film Director Brian Gibson. Best known for her breakout performance in last year's "Black Nativity," if she has anywhere near the same work ethic as her mother, we will see PLENTY of young Ms. Grace Gibson in the future...
Bianca Lawson is so FINE, that this 35 Year Old actress has been playing the role of a teenager for the past 20 years. The daughter of 70's-80's Star Richard Lawson & Actress Denise Gordy, Bianca Lawson has an impressive list of acting credits including MTV's "TEEN WOLF," "THE VAMPIRE DIARIES," "PRETTY LITTLE LIARS," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Dawson's Creek," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Sister, Sister," "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" & Much More...
And last, but not least, there's The Great Mr. Quincy Jones & his Lovely Contributions to the World: RASHIDA & KIDADA JONES!!! Both born from the 16 year marriage to "Mod Squad" Actress Peggy Lipton, Kidada & Rashida have been squarely in the limelight for decades now. Kidada Jones is an accomplished Actress, Model & Fashion Designer-and was engaged to The Dearly Departed tupac Shakur at the time of his murder. Rashida Jones beauty & talent have most notably graced the screens as part of the cast of shows such as "Chappelle's Show," "Web Therapy," The Office," " Parks and Recreation" & So Much More... Thanks Quincy!
Honorable mention: Bria Murphy (As In Eddie)
"MALCOLM GARVEY HUEY" - DEAD PREZ FT. DIVINE RBG
Revolutionary-but Gangsta!!! Though initially resistant to it, I now see the science behind Dead Prez's idea of dropping Hard-Hitting Socially Conscious Lyrics over today's "Turnt-Up" Mind Killing Beats. This song actually came out in 2010; but "I Woke Up Like This!!!" Feeling a little RBG... (Sorry for the outburst). Listen, Learn, Think, Grow & ELEVATE...
One Full City Block Destroyed. Eleven People Dead-including FIVE CHILDREN. Burned Alive. Why??? Because they were deemed as "obnoxious" & accused of "Taunting the Police" for airing Black Nationalist Music & Propaganda from a Fortified set of Row Houses in Philadelphia. An estimated 10,000 bullets were fired into the walls of the MOVE COMPLEX, after a police raid that began at dawn on May 13, 1985. After a 10 Hour Standoff, Philadelphia Mayor Wilson goode (the city's first Black Mayor) approved a police plan to drop a bomb on top of the bunker-and that's where everything went from Bad to Unbelievable. At 5:27pm Military Grade C4 Explosives were dropped, from a helicopter, onto the roof of the MOVE COMPLEX. The resulting fire quickly blew out of control. Police allegedly did not allow Philly Firefighters to fight the blaze, for at least an hour. in the aftermath, 61 homes were destroyed, 250 citizens lost EVERYTHING, Five Children & six adults were burned alive. Eyewitness accounts reveal that MOVE members attempting to flee the building could not get out, because the police continued to fire on the building. Only one child survived the ordeal. Though many were shocked, the mayor was re-elected & no policeman was ever disciplined for their wrongdoing. 30+ years later, the City of Philadelphia would eventually bee ordered to pay restitution to the families that lost their homes; but the decision is still under appeal.
For more information about MOVE, GLOBAL GRIND has a terrific story of little known facts in regard to the organizations history.
I just wonder how much Tyler Sash had to drink, before going for a ride on his Scooter. A ride that would quickly turn into a case of the police chasing down a Drunk Man on a scooter. According to the police report, Sash evaded Oskaloosa, Iowa Police for about four blocks-before fleeing on foot. it was about 1:30am, and apparently the former New York Giant was asked to pull over after police observed him riding with his lights off. The Best Part is that Police found him hiding behind a tree. Sash was shot with a Taser, after he allegedly refused to come out from behind the tree. OMG. He was charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts. Tyler Sash was a Sixth Round Pick in 2011-he was cut after being suspended for Performance Enhancing Drugs found in his system in 2012.