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I don’t eat Turkey, so there was no tryptophan in my system this past weekend. By all accounts I should have been out and about catching the sales, but I was a bum.  I got hooked to a few marathons of my favorite old TV shows, and could not leave my house. I watched Good Times, Martin, Living Single, The Cosby Show, A Different World and The Jefferson’s.  Even with the over-acting, stereotypes, and lack of believable plots, I miss the simplicity of life before digital cable.  Don’t get me wrong, The Wire was fabulous and my love for Stinger Bell will live on in infamy, but life was good before I had fifty eleven HBO channels. 

I am living my Fantasy Football dreams right now (yes, the Obama Mama’s, French Kitty’s and Jerzee Chicks all made the play-off’s), but before there were stats updating in real time, we had real things to discuss on Monday morning! 


  1. Who’s better Hustle Man or Bruh Man?  I remember recapping the previous nights Martin episode back in the day and the question of Hustle Man or Bruh Man would often come up.  I loved the way Hustle Man always had something you needed in that shopping cart “Chief”, but Bruh Man and his four fingers to represent the fifth floor was classic.  Question, did he EVER use the door?  I only remember him coming and going through the fire escape.
  2. Is James gonna get some new corduroys?  Those poor tan corduroys that he wore in every episode were so worn out they looked like khaki’s.  And am I the only person that noticed Thelma wore the same robe throughout the shows entire five year run?  I know they were poor and all, but wasn’t a new housecoat in the budget at some point?!?!?!
  3. Who was the cuter child star, Rudy or Olivia?  When Olivia hit the scene people were falling all over her.  “Ooh Raven is so cute, oh Raven is so funny”.  Well it was Rudy Huxtable all day over here homie! 
  4. What goes on at the Help Center?  We have Desperate Housewives on Wysteria Lane, and the Real Housewives franchise on Bravo but Weezie Jefferson and Helen Willis originated the stay at home and spend your husband’s money all under the guise of community service trend! Talk about moving on up, Weezie went from being a maid to having a maid!
  5. Who’s lamer Kyle Barker or Ron Johnson?  I watched a Living Single thanksgiving episode and A Different World thanksgiving episode, and the lame factor for both of them was pretty much through the roof.  I guess Kyle and Max did have a little fire, so that might have redeemed him, but Ron….capital “L”!
  6. Did Wilona ever have overnight guests?  When James’ father came to town for Thanksgiving with Lena, and Florida was all up in arms about them sleeping in the same bed it made we wonder….did we ever see anyone doing the slow creep out of Wilona’s apartment at 5am?
  7. When did we stop beating our kids?  I know James Evans would beat somebody else’s child, so he had no problem beating JJ, Thelma, and Michael, but when did we decide beating our kids in real life was a bad idea? We never actually saw any of the Huxtable kids catch a beat down, but Clair had that “I will tear your behind up” look about her.
  8. What was the funniest In Living Color sketch?  I was a “Homie the Clown” fan, but I think Damon Wayans and David Allen Grier were hilarious with Men on Film.  Blaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather, definitely get two snaps up…with a twist!
  9. Who was the most memorable guest star on Living Single?  Nia Long broke Kyle’s heart.  Vivica Fox broke Heavy D’s heart.  Morris Chestnut was too cheap, but Chip Fields was priceless as Regine’s gaudy mother.  The rhinestone sweat suits and gold lamay hats definitely get my vote!
  10. Sheneneh, Jerome, or Mama Payne?  Ooh ooh.  Ooh ooh ooh.  Jerome’s in the house, I said Jerome’s in the hou-ooh-ouse so watch your mouth!

 TV has come a long way in the last decade or two, but I will always love the classics! I just wonder if our kids will one day be so excited to watch marathons of…whatever it is that’s passing for quality black programming these days. 



December 4, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Laughter, Old School, Television | 2 Comments

So Thankful

Every year around this time most of us reflect on all of our blessings.  We are thankful for life, health and strength.  We are thankful for family, friends and all the things that make us happy.  In addition to the things I just mentioned, this year I am thankful for Reality Television.  I know it sounds shallow, but if any of you followed Warren Sapp on Dancing with the Stars, you understand my point.  While Warren did bring me joy, it is the Real Housewives of Atlanta that I am most thankful for.


Before all of the intellectuals out there “roast me” for this guilty pleasure, keep in mind that even the likes of Anderson Cooper (from CNN) was hooked to this show.  I am not sure if it was fauxcialite  Kim’s delusions of talent with regards to her singing career, or NeNe’s propensity to “take it there” with the one liners but something about this show was addictive (kind of like Facebook, but I digress….)!  I am not going to ruin it for you, but if you haven’t watched yet, you are missing out.  I’m sure there will be a Bravo Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon this weekend, so please do yourself a favor and check it out.


The reunion show delivered high drama as expected.  Again, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I will just comment on a few things.


  1. The Kim/Sheree BFF thing looked about as fake as that ponytail Sheree was sporting last night!
  2. While DeShawn’s hunt for a Governess initially turned me off, I do think she is sweet and I wish her well as she makes a name for herself in Atlanta….you gotta respect a woman that pays her tithes!
  3. Throwing out the “cancer card” is NOT the best way to avoid getting the smack down!  Kim’s crocodile tears and sob story were almost as bad as her singing voice, which brings me to my next point….
  4. I don’t remember NeNe saying Kim’s wig was squeezing her brain, but I do agree that something with Kim must be a little off if she thinks that craptastic voice of hers is going to sell records.
  5. Lisa Wu is like Whoa!!!!!


I know I am not the only person out there that watched The Real Housewives of Atlanta (as evidenced by the ratings), so I would love to know what other people thought. Even if you were initially turned off by the obvious excess or pretentious antics, there is an addictive “train wreck” quality to this show. Don’t be ashamed…this blog is anonymous anyway, so tell me how you really feel J



P.S. As you all look forward to your turkey induced tryptophan high, please be safe this weekend!     

November 26, 2008 Posted by | Laughter, Opinion, Television | Leave a comment

All Good Things Must Come To An End….

As I’m sure many of you already know, the season finale of The Wire is upon us *sighs*. I’ve been watching The Wire since Bodie, Poot, and Wallace were moving that Barksdale Package in the towers. I don’t know if it was the love of Stringer Bell that drew me in, or the familiarity in the way no one on that show pronounced the “t” when they said “Baltimore”. Whatever it was, I was hooked from episode one. I knew then that D’Angelo was not really cut out for that lifestyle, and I also knew I didn’t like his baby mama (that’s right, I’m hating because she ended up having a tryst with my boo)! For those that may be a few episodes behind, I’ll avoid any real plot spoilers as I embark on this blog of “things I learned from The Wire”.

R.I.P. B.I.G.! Do you know how many songs Biggie could have put out about The Wire? With “artists” like Soulja Boy having one of the biggest hits of 2007, can you imagine what Biggie would have done with a show like The Wire to fuse into his rhymes??? When was the last time you listened to 10 Crack Commandments? Commandments 2, 3, 7, and 9 are straight out of The Wire.

A Man Must Have A Code….and other people have to know about it! When Omar got locked up for the shooting in the convenience store, luckily his reputation for only going after people in “the game” preceded him with Bunk. When people already know what you will and won’t do beforehand, it makes getting your point across a lot easier! (sidebar: Who knew Kima had a code too!)

Deserve Ain’t Got Nothing To Do With It. Sometimes we get what we get just because. I know I don’t deserve cheesy lines, yet some lame dude recently offered to drink my bathwater. Try as I might, I can’t seem to figure it out. I think I know what I “deserve”, but Snoop and Chris have shown me what we deserve and what we get don’t always coincide.

Never Trust A Man In Dockers….especially when his name is Scott Templeton. In an effort to prevent a spoiler, I will just say I HATE SCOTT TEMPLETON! From the first time we saw him, he rubbed me the wrong way, and with every scene my contempt grows!

A Lie Ain’t A Side of the Story, It’s Just A Lie. We all know at least one “honesty deficient” person. If we think about it, he/she is the person always PRESSED to tell you their side of the story. Five seasons of the Wire have taught me, that when dealing with a liar, I should expect everything that comes out of their mouth to be at the very least, a “half truth”. I was once in a relationship with a liar. He was big on telling me “his side” of the story. If I knew back then, what I know now…..

Get There Early. This one is pretty much self explanatory, but for all those time challenged people out there…..people give you a start time for a reason. If you want to know what they are really up to, get there before they do!


It’s All In The Details. Whatever you do, however you do it, make sure you have the details right! The brilliance of The Wire comes down to how all the bases are covered in the details. So for everyone out there trying to get over on your boss/boo/parent with a silly lie….back track and perfect those details. Don’t ramble out foolishness a la Scott Templeton (did he really think that Norese as a source thing was a good idea)? Be more like Lester Freeman with your details. Cover all your bases and at the appropriate time throw out that Big Joker!

The Difference Between Being a Businessman and being a BUSINESS….MAN! Who would have thought Marlo would go from raising pigeons to all of this???? I guess it’s all about supply and demand. When you know what people need, you demand they buy your supply! It’s been Barksdale all day everyday over here since episode one, but Marlo definitely put a different spin on those corners.

Nature vs. Nurture. Did y’all know Randy (the little boy from last season that is now tougher than leather living in the group home) was really Cheese’s son? I guess he got that hustle man gene honestly which is why he was so successful at selling candy. (Poor Randy was destined to become a victim of nature because of Herc’s foolishness!) I don’t know who I feel sorrier for Randy or Dukie. Randy had Miss Anna for a minute, but Dukie has always been alone. At least Namond found a nurturing place to call home. His mother De’Londa “you scared to go to baby booking” Brice was A HOT MESS! What type of mother negotiates a package for her son?

It’s A Position, Not A Negotiation. Actually I learned this from Phil Leotardo on The Soprano’s, but Marlo perfected it. He’s a man of few words, and not one to debate anything. When he said “the price of the brick going’ up”, those mouths fell open, but nobody said a word.

As you can tell I’m a serious fan. I hate to see this show go, but it’s definitely going out with a bang! If you missed this season, you still have a few days to catch up on all the episodes (assuming you have access to HBO On Demand) before the finale on Sunday! In the meantime Epiphany Blog, what have YOU learned from The Wire?


March 6, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Television | 6 Comments