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13
Jan
09

Throwback: The Mack

My father and I share a love for Blaxploitation films (I hate calling them that!). We recently watched The Mack together. I had to admit that I saw snippets of The Mack when I was younger. My crazy dad didn’t ask any questions. Instead we discussed the deeper points of the movie which included the heated conversation about whose afro was tighter, Max Julien’s, “Bruce” Leroy Green’s* or my dad’s. We soon concluded that what Bruce Leroy was rocking was more of a curl (or a natro as my dad called it) and my father beat Max Julien only because Dad was able to produce a box in the attic that held Black hair care products from the 70s…(oh Dad, what a pack rat). This is one of the reasons my father and I get along so well. He keeps the 70s boxed up in the attic and I wish that I had come of age in the 70s.
*speaking of Bruce Leroy, did anyone else know about a remake of The Last Dragon? Supposedly Samuel L. Jackson is playing Sho’Nuff. So fitting. The Last Dragon deserves its own post.

Anyway, that was a tad off topic. When I was 10, I did catch some snippets of The Mack and I have to admit that I had a little crush on Max Julien who played John Mickens aka Goldie. Here’s one of the best scenes in the movie.

Mr. Pretty Tony, I mean, you know the rules of the game. I mean, your bitch just chose me. Now we can settle this like you got some class…or we can get into some gangsta shit. -Goldie

You shade tree nigga. You ain’t no pimp. You a rest haven for hoes. You a car thief! A car thief! The one you got out there is prolly hot as a firecracker right now.-Pretty Tony

CLASSIC!!!

09
Jan
09

Quote of the Day: Confucius

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From The Analects 15.41

17
Dec
08

Quote of the Day!

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01
Dec
08

Quote of the Day: Pearl Bailey

Tony Award Winning Actress and Singer

Tony Award Winning Actress and Singer

A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.

Pearl Bailey, born in Southampton County, VA, made her performing debut at the young age of 15. After winning a talent contest at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater Bailey began her career by performing in nightclubs along the East Coast. Performing with musicians including the great Cab Calloway, Bailey made an indellible mark on the entertainment industry. Her performance in an all-Black Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968 earned Bailey a Tony Award. She will forever be known for her sultry voice and jocular personality.

23
Nov
08

Progress

george bernard shaw progressThis is a random picture from my campus. It is spraypainted on the quad. I don’t know why but I do like the quote.

The full quote from Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw:

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

Yup.

15
Nov
08

Her Swagger: Dorothy Dandridge

Movie nights were a big deal during my freshman year in college. Without the de-stressing I might have exploded. One night, we happened to watch Introducing Dorothy Dandridge starring Halle Berry. I hadn’t heard of Dorothy Dandridge before then but I fell in love with her that night.

Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge

“Whore roles were there, of course. America was not geared to make me into a Liz Taylor, a Monroe, a Gardner. My sex symbolism was as a wanton, a prostitute, not as a woman seeking love and a husband, the same as other women. I had realized everything except the limitations naturally placed upon me through being a Negro.”

Stunning, elegant, graceful, Dorothy got her start traveling the Southern US with her sister Vivian as “The Wonder Children”. Her mother Ruby Dandridge, an aspiring entertainer, moved with her children to Los Angeles. Soon “The Wonder Children” became the Dandridge Sisters and began playing venues including Harlem’s Cotton Club.

By 1935 Dorothy Dandridge began to be cast in small movie roles. She proved her talent with a stellar performance in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Carmen Jones. Starring with an ensemble cast, Dandridge shined. The performance garnered Dorothy Dandridge an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Though she lost to Grace Kelly (The Country Girl), Dandridge became the third Black actress nominated for an Academy Award, after Hattie McDaniel and Ethel Waters (both nominated for Best Supporting Actress), and the first to be nominated for Best Actress.

Dandridge’s life came to an early end in 1965 but her legacy lives.

09
Oct
08

Quote of the Day: Leotyne Price

World Class Soprano

World-Class Soprano and TRUE Diva

“Art is the only thing you cannot punch a button for. You must do it the old-fashioned way. Stay up and really burn the midnight oil. There are no compromises.”

Inspired by two very loving parents and opera star Marian Anderson, Leotyne Price rose from the segregated city of Laurel, Mississippi to become a world renowned singer. Shattering boundaries and expectations alike, Price became the first Black superstar at the famed Metropolitan Opera House.




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