Archive for the ‘Throwback’ Category

It’s been kind of heavy on WLLC for the past week, so I thought I’d add some random foolery into the mix. I found this video online where a group of dancers burst into a California clothing store as a promo for MC Hammer’s new reality show. Enjoy.

The looks on the shoppers’ faces are priceless. I’m sure if I was in the store my expression would have been the same as theirs. Like WTF is going on here? I might have started dancing too though, lol.

What’s hilarious is how into it the dancers are. Dancing like it 1990 again. Especially at the breakdown. LMAO. The old white guy kills me every time. The real question is, where can I sign up to participate in some foolery like this?

While MC Hammer might be trying to usher Hammertime back in, I’ve seen some celebs trying to bring back the parachute pants. No thank you. Let’s leave those back in the ‘90s where they belong.

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I was listening to Kanye’s first album this week thinking, what happened to this Kanye?  The one before the unnecessary auto tune album and the statements about being a proud non-reader of books as he promotes a new book? I just don’t understand this current version…

So when I found this online, I thought, this song so should have been a single. Spaceship was one of my favorites from “College Dropout.”

Here’s a clip of the video that was never released. Originally posted up by GLC on his blog.

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During an icebreaker at work one evening, co-workers had to guess each others’ favorite show. I felt some type of way that they guessed I love Living Single. Not because I don’t, but because I wondered, do I just look like someone who likes that show? I felt the same way when someone I didn’t know that well asked if I liked India Arie because it seemed like I should. I do, but I felt some type of way about her just assuming that. But moving on. As a follow up to Golden Girls, (discussed Sunday) my favorite female ensemble show is Living Single. Although two men were part of the cast, to me, the show can still fit into the female ensemble category because for the most part it was about the ladies and it took some elements from the Golden Girls.

A lot of people say it was the predecessor to Friends and never got its props. And I agree. Living Single definitely had a following, but was cancelled by Fox, brought back for a fifth season, and then ultimately met its demise.

The show followed a group of African-American professionals living in Brooklyn in the ’90s. It was spearheaded by the Queen Latifah.

Latifah’s role on the show as Khadijah fit perfectly into the (Golden Girls) Dorothy mold.  She was the always the leader – the strong anchor of the house.

Synclaire (played by Kim Coles) was most definitely the Rose – simple, yet funny and extremely loving. “Woo woo woo!” (more…)

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I have a soft spot for female ensemble TV shows. (Except Sex and the City. Didn’t have HBO and even when TBS eventually picked it up, I never got into it). The passing of another one of my beloved Golden Girls (Bea Arthur) on April 25 made me reminisce on how much I love the show.

Many of the female ensemble shows that followed – from Living Single to Sex and the City, Girlfriends, and Desperate Housewives – have taken bits and pieces from the Golden Girls.

Golden Girls is definitely the model for any female ensemble show,” said Marc Cherry, a head writer for Desperate Housewives.

Against a television industry that loves its young but spits out the old, The Golden Girls wasn’t supposed to work when it aired in 1985. But it did. And except for the clothing – it’s a timeless show that’s as relevant today as it was in the ’80s.

Over 180 episodes, The Golden Girls followed four well-dressed women living together – and sharing lots of cheesecake – in a Miami home with a spacious lanai. They were led by imposing substitute teacher Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), who maintained an arsenal of withering put-downs and killer glares. Homeowner Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) was an oversexed Southern belle who refused to acknowledge her age. Betty White played Rose Nylund, a dense Pollyanna who told rambling stories about her Minnesota hometown, St. Olaf. And Dorothy’s diminutive Sicilian mother, Sophia (Estelle Getty), was a former resident of Shady Pines nursing home who, because of a stroke that had destroyed the tact region of her brain, spouted riotously blunt one-liners. Entertainment Weekly.

In the minds of some, old folks are supposed to be living in retirement homes and watching Mash or Murder She Wrote, not dating, dancing, and finding new careers. And the Golden Girls broke all those stereotypes with comedy. The entire ensemble made the show, but Dorothy was often the anchor of the house. I love Dorothy’s quick comebacks and her relationship with her mother (Sophia). Sophia was the best because she always kept it real. She DID NOT care what anyone thought. Blanche was overly sexy and self-absorbed but she was still lovable. And Rose was pretty dim-witted, but she definitely made for some funny moments:

Here are two other memorable Golden Girls moments:

 If you watched, what are some of your favorite Golden Girls moments? Your favorite female-ensemble show?

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Back in the days when I was young I’m not a kid anymore
But some days I sit and wish I was a kid again
Back in the days when I was young I’m not a kid anymore
But some days I sit and wish I was a kid again
Back in the days

“Back in the Day,” Ahmad.

Recess. Jump rope. Cartoons.

When I first got to college and would do anything for a home-cooked meal, I often thought about going back to my childhood. Back to the ’90s when overalls were in style; Donkey Kong was on Super Nintendo; Captain Planet and Doug were cool; and little girls wanted long hair so they could imitate the famous Aaliyah swoop.

Even now, I’d give up my cell phone and laptop to go back.

But if I had to become a kid in 2009? No thank you.

When I was growing up, the biggest national stories were OJ Simpson and the Monica Lewinsky/President Clinton story. Not war, terrorism, or a failing economy.

I’m not even that old, but times just seem so hard for kids nowadays. (more…)

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Well, that was a short blogging break. Back in a good mood now. Below is one of my favorite scenes from “Polly,” a TV movie from 1989 starring Keshia Knight Pulliam and Phylicia Rashad. Growing up, I always had this tape in the VCR, until it tragically got lost during a move. Debbie Allen put a hurtin’ on the choreography in this scene. I’ve never been able to watch it without dancing around the house.

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