Archive for the 'Throwback' Category

15
Jan
09

Another Classic: Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon

Okay, so maybe it’s more like a cult classic. I don’t really understand what the appeal is because the acting is terrible (save for Sho’Nuff because I think Julius Carry did a wonderful job lol). But there’s just something about this movie that holds me captive. Sho’Nuff is one of my favorite movie characters EVER. There are rumors that there is a remake in the works with Samuel L. Jackson playing Sho’Nuff. If this is true, my life will be complete*.

*By complete I mean I will have another reason to love/dislike Sam Jackson.

This scene is one of my favorites in this cheesy movie. It’s definitely not Sho’Nuff’s most famous scene but I appreciate it.

Who plays this garbage? … Shut up, bitch! *Kicks in jukebox* -The meanest, prettiest, baddest mo-fo low down around this town, SHO’NUFF, the Shogun of Harlem.

Sometimes, when I hear Soulja Boy on the radio or see one of his videos on tv, I want to kick the somtheing, so I understand Sho’Nuff’s reaction to the audio garbage.

Another one, just because:

Let’s take a moment to appreciate that Sho’Nuff was rocking shutter shades before Kanye West was on it. Stronger glasses=Sho’Nuff glasses.

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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!!!

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.

30
Oct
08

Throwback: Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love “Ladies First”

1990. All Hail the Queen. Peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Rap Chart.

Strong, stepping, strutting, moving on
Rhyming, cutting and not forgetting
We are the ones that give birth
To the new generation of prophets
Because it’s ladies first
-Monie Love

Some think that we can’t flow
Stereotypes they got to go
I’ma mess around and flip the scene into reverse
(With what?) With a little touch of ladies first
-Queen Latifah

Monie Love was so sick.




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