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Where Are They Now? The Cast of “My Brother and Me”

November 7th, 2012 - By Kendra Koger
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In a younger, simpler time, people who were born in the late 80s and early 90s could plop down in front of the TV and watch some good quality Nickelodeon shows.  Between the cartoons (“Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Aaah, Real Monsters!” and “Ren and Stimpy”) and between the sketch comedy styles of “All That,” there was “My Brother and Me,” the first Nickelodeon scripted show that had a majority black cast.
Even though the show aired for only 13 episodes, it still holds a special place in its old viewers’ hearts.  Wanna know where these stars are now? Don’t hold your breath!  Just pour yourself some Goo Punch and get ready to click!

The Duality of the Emcee or Why I Don’t Like Wale Anymore

July 31st, 2012 - By Erica RivaFlowz Buddington
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Last year, I was asked to speak on a panel about misogyny at the Hip-hop symposium at Princeton University. I was the only female on the panel, which provided me with much pressure. Twiddling my fingers and taking swigs of water I nestled into the conversation, trying to make my way in whenever a brief pause allowed.

The panelists threw banter of Greek goddesses and connections to the hyper sexuality of women through time—landing upon the perspective of sixteen bars. We traded words without interruption—even from the moderator—and agreed to disagree. During our question session, something not so deep and often ignored blitzed at me through inquiry.

A college aged girl asked, “Aren’t you tired of rappers giving us handouts? One song about love and then one about whores, it’s like they write the one respectful track for us to buy the album. Wale is a prime example.”

I remember answering her quickly, the timekeeper symbolizing that our tenure had almost expired, “You’re absolutely right. Wale’s ‘Manipulation’ record shows the difference between a good and a bad guy, but the end of the track’s banter shows that he’s probably the latter:

I’ll treat you like a queen, you rather be a slave

I’ll show you I’m a gentleman, but you prefer a cave man

Shoebox money, and crumbled up 20’s

I’ll teach you ’bout equity and real estate honey”

Banter at the end: “I might have said some words or some terms that might be offensive. Basically I just want to give you a formal apology, I didn’t really mean it…I wanted to creatively express myself.  I just want to let them know that there are two different types of guys you can date. There’s the good guys that’s going to call you a lady or a woman, even your real first name, and then there’s the guy that’s gonna try to pull your hair and call you Beyotches, hoes and all that. So you basically have the opportunity to choose one or the other. So Beyotch, pick the right mother—.”

Almost every emcee has had their day with misogyny: Tupac made “Brenda’s Got a Baby” and “I Get Around.” Jay-Z scribed “That’s My Beyotch” during the first years of his union with Beyonce. Even Common’s “Ghetto Dreams” touches on it: “I want a beyotch that look good and cook good// Cinderella fancy, but she still look hood//Butt naked in the kitchen flipping pancakes//Plus she tricking from the dough that her man makes.” Common will tell you that this is his personifying of a ghetto brother’s voice, but I’m quite sure he wouldn’t mind the visual.

However, the reason why Wale’s misogyny is so highlighted is because of his blatant and bold dichotomy. How can someone who pushed an entire campaign for ambitious girls—the female bloggers/hip-hop writers swooning at their keyboards—also be so incredibly disrespectful when it comes to women? How can you call yourself an advocate for the educated and independent and then down them in your next verse? It doesn’t stop at the new music—if you check Wale’s mix tapes before he became mainstream, you’ll notice his split was apparent far before his hit singles. Wale’s issues seem to stem outside of the music arena. Examples: His spar with Amanda Diva, the Pretty Girls fiasco, his infamous emotional tweets and numerous other rumored experiences.

But I feel as if it goes far deeper than that. Has anyone ever REALLY listened to Wale? I’m not talking about the go-go band induced beats and clever puns, I’m talking about what’s in between the lines and sifting amongst his most hurtful utterances.

“Sometimes I just wanna speak you up// Yeah, hit you up, or call you up, or send a text// Your new man got my respect// So if I do call it’s just to check//”

“Perfection doesn’t exist if it doesn’t consume her// And the truth hurts that this world’s mine, but the womb is hers//
“I’m in love with your business// and your productivity is the reason I interest, ambitious girl// See, I like the person that you are, but I’m in love with the person that you have the potential to be//”

“Hey, Amanda! What You Tweeting?”

March 25th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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We had so much fun with Amanda Seales when she recently dropped by our Madame Noire offices to talk about her latest project, The Death of The Diva, we just had to ask her what she’s tweeting about these days. In part II of our interview with Amanda Seales, the artist formerly known as Amanda Diva talks about Bobbi Kristina, sneaker wedges, and Willow Smith.


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Amanda Seales Talks “Death Of The Diva”

March 22nd, 2012 - By MN Editor
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The artist formerly known as Amanda Diva is taking her creativity to the stage for her one-woman musical narrative Death of the Diva. We caught up with the woman who wears many hats to discuss the creative process behind her current project.

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Stuff We Love: Artwork by Amanda Diva

June 21st, 2011 - By madamenoire
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We’ve been down with Amanda Diva for a minute. If you’re not familiar with her, you can do so by clicking here, but  let us tell you a little about this Harlem Madame.  She’s a singer, rapper, poet, painter, speaker and just a generally dope person. You might have caught her a few years ago touring with the lovely Marsha Ambrosious and the Deevster just dropped a new mixtape called Madame Monochrome.

But today, we want to focus on the painting skills of Amanda Diva.  She’s a modern, renaissance black woman doing her thing and we def want to support her. So to that end, here are a few editor’s picks from her lovely (and quite affordable) collection. Check it!

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Where Are The Funny Black Women?

January 31st, 2011 - By Veronica Wells
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If you’re a fan of comedic sketch shows like Saturday Night Live or Mad TV, you’ll notice something is missing. We’ll give you a hint, it’s female and black! While SNL has a couple of brothers in the cast, it’s missing the darker female presence. We love and miss the talented Maya Rudolph on the show! We know there are some funny sisters out there; so can we get some love? Here are some women who could possibly fill that slot…

Upcoming ‘Madame Noire’ Event in NYC!

October 29th, 2010 - By madamenoire
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If you haven’t heard by now, Madame Noire is having its first annual debate panel at Columbia University in New York City, on Friday Nov. 5 from 6pm to 8pm. REGISTER NOW for this fabulous discussion and meet some of the real, live persons behind Madame Noire!



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