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These are the women we screamed at through our televisions more than probably any other characters over the last 10-15 years. Toni Childs, Lynn Searcy, Mya Wilkes and Joan Carol Clayton were such an interesting mix of women that in many ways, you wonder how they remained friends. Opposites attracting are one thing but these women each had a level of crazy that probably should have kept them apart. But it didn’t and we are glad about it! Check out some of our favorite moments and episodes – did yours make the list?
Name the classic black TV shows and the usual suspects always get named: “Cosby Show,” “Martin,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Living Single,” “In Living Color,” and so on and so forth. But we all know that the ’90s and early ’00s were the golden age for great black sitcoms, and while the ones already named got all the shine, a flurry of awesome ones deserved just as much love and notoriety for their hilarity, realness and for being just plain ‘ol good TV. Here are nine of our favorites that could have used some more love (and views), and feel free to name your own underrated joints. Be prepared to click. *winks*
I can’t tell you how many times my classmates and I used to sit at lunch talking about the latest episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” From Will getting shot to Carlton overdosing on speed and Hilary’s fiance face planting into the ground during a bungee jump proposal, there have been many dark moments on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” that had folks talking. But for the most part, the show was one of the funniest ever. The fact that they could even find a way to make the death of Hilary’s fiance funny at all says a lot about the writing. But enough rambling. You want to know where they are now, and after doing some research (a lot actually, I lost some good sleep hours), I thought I’d fill you in. Per the usual, be ready to click on a few pages.
Of course we had to start with the obvious. Will Smith played…well, Will Smith, the street smart and hilarious Philly teen who moves to Bel-Air and creates all kinds of havoc (and comedy) for his aunt, uncle and cousins. I just loved everything about Will on this show, especially his overly-dramatic side (“Mama noooooooooooooo! *in a high pitch scream*). While the show was going and after it ended, Will Smith became a blockbuster movie star. Post the show, he did Men in Black, I Am Legend, I, Robot, and garnered Academy Award nominations for his work in Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness. He also, of course, was a music star, releasing the albums Big Willie Style and Willennium. Be on the lookout for sequels for Hancock, I, Robot and another Bad Boys installment. Geez, going to keep milking that one, eh?
The theme song says it best: “There’s no place like home.” That’s very true, and there wasn’t anything like 227 back in the day (aside from the very hard to top Cosby Show). On top of having a fun theme song, teaching us life lessons and showing off the hottest looks, trends, and things of the late ’80s (including Jackee), 227 was MAD entertaining because it was both positive and real. The show ended in 1990 and helped pave the way for many other classics and successful acting careers, but I had to show some love today to the D.C. based comedy and find out where folks are now. Let’s get to it!
Mary Jenkins was the queen of the gossips, and also happened to be the much loved and respected housewife in the apartment building inhabited by all kinds of cool and kooky folks. If there was one thing you needed to know about Mary, it was that she didn’t take no mess. And with Marla previously playing the sharp-tongued maid, Florence, on The Jeffersons, moving on to Mary seemed to be a piece of cake. After her years on the show, Gibbs did a lot of TV work, including guest appearances on Martin, a role on The Hughleys, and voice work for the TV series, “101 Dalmatians: The Series.” She’s currently filming Madea’s Witness Protection with Tyler Perry…
Awww, Tatyana Ali is all grown up now! Far from her days as little Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Tatyana Ali was more than happy to talk to Madame Noire about her new TV One sitcom called “Love That Girl.” Executive produced by none other than Martin Lawrence (no stranger to sitcom success), “Love That Girl” is TV One’s first scripted show. Check out what Ali had to say about working with the funny man.
Have you been watching “Love That Girl?” What do you think?
(News One) — In a TV world with The Cosby Show as a distant memory, TBS has quickly become the home of minority-driven comedy. Actors of various ethnicities are found on the broadcast networks and the biggest of the cable outlets, often playing characters in ensemble dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy — although some (such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which stars Laurence Fishburne) cast nonwhite actors in leading roles.