I read the Washington Post Express a lot in the mornings. It’s got just the right mix of pithy entertainment and actual journalism. Well, today I was in for a real Post-Racial treat.
I don’t know who you are, Roxana Hadadi, but I’ve got to tell you that I think your article to day on Mike Epps was terrible and had some serious problems. Here’s what I didn’t like:
- You mention a story where 2 movie reviewers at a screening for “Resident Evil: Extinction” think that Omar Epps is the movie instead of Mike. That played into the “All black people look alike” myth. You note that they are cousins. That’s no excuse. They look Nothing alike. Nothing. Omar doesn’t even do comedy.You even say, “…Epps is inevitably the guy you immediately laugh at– even though you may first mistake him for his more dramatic relative”. Huh? I’m sorry, no one is mixing those two brothers up.
- The title of this article “Familiar Stranger” made me think of “stranger danger”. So is this black man scary, like a stranger?
- You say that he takes stereotypes about the “funny brother” and “drop-kicks them back in your face, making them absurdly believable wile also hysterically humorous”. Basically your saying that he does the stereotype so well that it’s hysterical. How can you flip something but then end up being the embodiment of it?
- You move on to Epps’s role in “The Hangover”: “Oh, and those comments on roofies — “Just the other day, me and my boy was wondering why they even call them roofies. … Why not floories, right? Cuz when you take them, you’re more likely to end up on the floor than the roof” – may be horribly inappropriate, but they’re also guiltily funny. They’re not as divisive or controversial as the kind of stuff fellow comedians-turned-actors Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle have said, but in a way, Epps — who performs Saturday at DAR Constitution Hall — has a goofy, universal appeal that rivals Rock’s and Chappelle’s natural charisma.”
First of all, are you saying that it’s not controversial to make fun of roofies? It’s the damn date rape drug! Then you call two very intellectual Black comedians “divisive”. I really, really would love to hear your explanation for the use of that word. What do you find divisive about Rock and Chappelle. Perhaps their jokes about race and race relations? Divisive is a whole lot of things in this “Post-Racial” world, huh? Question: Would you call Richard Pryor divisive as well? You say Epps has a universal appeal, but I think Rock and Chappelle are even more universal in their appeal. Of course all of this is just my opinion. Roxanna, you are entitled to yours as well, I just think you’re off.Also you mention Epps’s joke about getting money from white friends and never having to pay it back. Isn’t that a divisive joke?
I dont’ understand where you were going with this article, Roxana. It seems a bit, well…divisive.
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I was so proud to strut out of the theatre rocking my long, natural locs after seeing Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”. No perm over here, homey!
I’ve seen some reviews from sistas on blogs and all over the net… all largely positive. I was enlightened by the information on how the chemicals in relaxer really work (that chicken example cured me from ever wanting the “creamy crack on my head AGAIN!!!) and the info on where weave really comes from. It made me wonder if some of the women I know (who are very picky and won’t even eat the potato salad at a picnic if they don’t know who made it) will be weary of wearing hair that might have had “bugs” in it.
Things I loved about it:
- Derek J – A tiny man in tall heels
- The scene where the white guy gets botox. Hilarious!
- The reactions to Chris selling black hair – I wonder if someone is going to have some angry customers at their weave shop after that??
- The fact that they didn’t show the hair being washed and chemical treated in India – Um…did they wash and treat it? I mean he showed Dudley Product’s whole set up…just wondering.
- Black men talking about how they can’t touch their woman’s hair.
- Exposing how bad relaxer really is for the skin and hair.
- Raven Simone – That is a REAL chick, right there! Someone who you could just hang out with. I love her!
- Nia Long needs her own TV show. She is so funny and real. Loved her comments.
- It’s a shame how early some little girls are taught that their hair is “bad”.
- Where are women getting thousands of dollars to spend on weave?!?! I never knew it cost so much for good quality “fake” natural hair.
Like many of the reviewers who’ve commented on the movie, I thought there was a lot of information missing regarding the source of self hatred when it comes to beauty in the black community and assimilation to euro standards (Sharpton did break it down, though. Nicely!). However, the movie is a winner without that information. Rock is a commedian, not an activist. I loved the movie and encourage others to see it.
Did you see the movie? What are your thoughts on “Good Hair”?
Update: One of my black young female co-workers and a white older female co-worker were talking about the movie a few mins ago. The younger one said “My boyfriend told me yesterday, “You’re wearing those people’s oppression on your head!”, referring to her weave. Toooo Funny! Although, he does kinda have a point.
I love this series! I even purchased a DNA kit last year and discovered that my paternal ancestry goes back to Cameroon and my mother’s ancestry is Asian (that was a blower because we know of no Asians in our family…got to love that DNA!) This season explores the genealogy of poet Maya Angelou, author Bliss Broyard, actor Don Cheadle, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, radio personality Tom Joyner, comedian Chris Rock, music legend Tina Turner, and college administrator Kathleen Henderson, who was selected from more than 2,000 applicants to have her family history researched and DNA tested alongside the series’ well-known guests. The first 2 of the 4 episodes came on last night, but will be re-aired this weekend. Check PBS for your local listing.
This is from a few months ago…still love it!!!! Hilarious!
(for some reason I can’t embed the video)
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Chris Rock does stand up before introducing Senator Barack Obama at his fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem Thursday evening. His jokes included jabs at Hillary Clinton, George Bush, and the aftermath of Katrina.
“Putting out fires with Katrina Water!” Lord have mercy!! LOL. I love it when black folk are just free to say what they want about politics. Being at the Apollo in Harlem will do that.
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