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I’m sure you heard about the fact that the honorable folks over at BET decided to ban Nicki Minaj’s video for the track “Stupid H*e.” Depending on who you ask, that was an awesome decision to some sick of tasteless and mindless music, while it was a sexist and stupid decision by others. To keep it pretty real, BET is known for not having the best taste when it comes to music video choices, allowing the most ratchet and somewhat tasteless videos by rappers to get clearance but wanting women to stay ladylike: they’ve also banned Ciara’s sexually charged video “Ride,” and Teairra Mari’s pretty harmless “Sponsor” video. But all in all, I’ve seen a lot worse. We could run down a list of the very disgusting Tip Drill-esque videos BET has shown late at night with all the booty bouncing and credit card sliding, but instead, we’re running down some of our favorite stupid videos that we probably could have lived without seeing. If they were banned we probably wouldn’t have felt any real way about it (*Kanye shrug*).
After another lengthy wait–I don’t even remember when episode 11 premiered, but I’m pretty sure it was a month ago–”The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl” is back! Sadly, it’s back to debut the season finale of the popular web series, which has had us rolling on the floor laughing, singing the random song, “Booty Shawts,” and coming to terms with our own awkwardness. Director/writer/editor Issa Rae’s web series has garnered a huge following, and we hope to see it back very, VERY soon (just not on television). So to celebrate the season finale premiering tonight, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite ABG episodes in all their awkward glory. Be sure to tell us your faves! “Drop dat beat Cece!”
You think of Saturday Night Live back in the early ’80s, and there is no way you can’t think of Eddie Murphy. The comedian with that unmistakable chuckle owned that show, and helped pull out of the depths of…un-funniness. But after he left the show, Murphy said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that they were less than warming and kind to him:
“They were s***** to me on ‘Saturday Night Live’ a couple of times after I’d left the show. They said some s***** things.”
A s***** thing in his opinion included a joke done during a “Weekend Update” segment in the early ’90s, where cast member David Spade showed Murphy’s picture from the movie A Vampire in Brooklyn and said, “Look, children, a falling star.” Ouch. But hey, the movie was on the wack side.
But on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this morning, the legendary comedian revealed that his beef with the show, which has kept him from appearing on the show for 25 long years, is over on his end.
“It was couple….Over the years…they did little S*@#*& stuff where I was like, hey, F*&#$ y’all. I’m not trippin. It was years ago. I don’t have any bad blood with that show. And that show is such a big part of my past. I love being part of it. Yeah, I wanna go back.”
Yikes! I think we get what you’re saying Eddie. If Murphy does return to the show for hosting duties or just simply to pop up as a special guest in a skit, he better be funny! The guy is behind some of the most iconic and crazy characters the show has seen, so the pressure would be on. But we’d love to see him back!
Until then, here’s a quick summary of our top three characters played by Murphy during his successful Saturday Night Live days:
If you were ever wondering what Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood would have been like if the star were black, Murphy answered that question for you. From his hilarious take on the “Wont You Be My Neighbor” song (“I hope I get to move in your neighborhood someday, problem is when I move in, ya’ll move away!”), to the oh-so-polite way he answers the door (“WHO IS IT!?”), Mr. Robinson had problems, and he was a classic character.
OMG. The “Celebrity Hot Tub” party is one of the funniest things ever! His impression of Brown’s voice is so awesome it’s not even funny, and topping it off in his golden skivvies and that wig, it’s a mess that must be seen. And can we talk about his foot shuffling? I know James Brown saw this and had to have a laugh, himself! Classic. “Rub-a-dub in the hot tub!”
But of course. Murphy killed as the grown-up version of the lone-black “Little Rascals” character, homeboy still touting his speech problems, big hair, and charisma. From singing “Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places” like “Lookapunubinawdawongpaces,” Murphy didn’t have to do much to make this character all too funny. The comedian would later get hellas of tired of playing the role and staged the death of the character during an episode of SNL. And as “sad” as it was, it was still funny.
What is your favorite SNL character played by Eddie Murphy?
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Two of the funniest women in the media got together on the same show and comedy ensued. Check out this clip of Whoppi and Wendy clowning on “The Wendy Williams Show.”
Get the rundown on the rest of Whoopi’s appearance over at Black Voices.
Watch this video below…
I’m all about diversity. There is something about watching a movie or television show without people that look like me (BLACK) that makes me a little bit confused. Even worse, sometimes I lose my concentration. I still get upset that they could only find like two black people to pop up in New York during the entire series that was Friends. So just like we have black publications, movies, books and more, a lot of black people, like myself, wind up watching black television shows, both scripted, or reality-based, both out of trying to be supportive, and to see other people that look like me. However, there are a wealth of shows with say, maybe one or two black (or zero) people out of a whole cast that make it possible for people to ignore the discrepancies, and just watch good television. Here’s a few that due to great scripts and some awesome acting, always stand out for the good. Note, they’re all scripted (death to reality TV!):