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The holiday season always gets us thinking about family, but what about your friends? It’s also the season to spend time with your best friends (did you see The Best Man Holiday?) — especially if you are young person with limited finances and you have to pick ONE holiday to return home (usually Christmas) and the other(s) to kick it with friends (usually Thanksgiving and/or New Year’s Eve). And what better way to celebrate friends than for us to relive some of our favorite black buddy sitcoms and their hilarious, friendly moments.
“Living Single” was black folks’ Friends for sure. In a 90s kind of world, they were glad they had each other, and we (fans) were glad they had each other too while making us laugh along the way. We fell in love with the characters of our version of 20 somethings trying to make it in their careers, love and friendships in the Big Apple — including the always-hungry attorney and the extra roommate Maxine (Erika Alexander), the uptight magazine editor Khadijah (Queen Latifah), handyman Overton (John Henton), the bourgeois-wannabe Régine (Kim Fields), the troll-loving Synclaire (Kim Coles) and the Maxine–hating-then-loving stockbroker Kyle (T.C. Carson).
From Hello Beautiful
We can’t believe it’s been two decades since we first met and fell in love with Khadijah, Synclaire, Regine, Max, Overton and Kyle — better known as the cast of the hit 90′s show “Living Single!” This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved sitcom and the show’s biggest success, Queen Latifah revealed to Essence that a reunion show with her old cast members may be in the works!
That juicy little tidbit not only got us anxious, but we started reminiscing about one of our favorite sitcoms ever! And you know what we remembered most? Khadijah’s (played by Queen Latifah) love life was a revolving door of very handsome stars. Remember when that tall drank of water, Grant Hilldesired Khadijah so much, he wrote a song about it? We’re hoping those rumors about the “Living Single” reunion is true! Check out Khadijah’s little black book below.
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Who could ever forget this 90′s television show that quickly became one of the top African-American TV shows of all time? The four friends (okay two of them were cousins) who took us to Brooklyn on Living Single reminded us why we’re glad to have our girls to keep us grounded. There were many times when they all got along and other times when they were ready to kick one another to the curb. Regardless of what happened, the characters knew how to make it work — at least for five seasons.
Thinking about Living Single brings up thoughts about living with a roommate in general. What are the do’s and don’ts, especially when considering finances and responsibilities? Here are some financial tips for roommates to think about, even before you sign the lease.
[All screenshots from Living Single, SisterLee Production/Warner Bros. Television]
When our favorite “Living Single” girl Maxine, we mean Erika Alexander, came by the office, we not only asked the actress about the good old days of being on a number one Fox sitcom, we also dove into some of the more serious issues affecting black actors in Hollywood. Last April, Alexander penned her own version of “Mad Men,” which actually included black people, unlike the AMC version on television right now. And with that script, she wrote an accompanying blog post appropriately titled, ”Why I Wrote A ‘Mad Men’ Episode With Negroes.” Knowing how invested Alexander is in the advancement of black people on the big and small screen, we decided to ask the seasoned talent why she thinks white executives are afraid to create non-stereotypical roles for black people. To that question she supplied a rather insightful answer:
“I think you fear what you don’t know. What you don’t understand. I think that African Americans have always been the dark ‘other.’ I think it scares people.
“I don’t try to just say it’s racism, which, by the way, at its very root it is racist, but I don’t think these people realize they are being racist. I think it’s ingrained within their subconscious mind. It’s also a set of practices and structures that are inherent to the Hollywood system…
“They say, well because he’s black he won’t sell in Europe. We can’t put him on a poster. That’ll turn people away. So they make it a money thing. Just saying that out loud is racist…
“That’s not only racist. it’s a lie. Black people helped create the foundations of American culture — rock n’ roll, hip-hop, blues, jazz, all of that. And to be denied, like our image won’t sell, is in fact wrong. We rule in music, we rule in athleticism, in terms of our image. Most of the people who play the big sports — Tiger Woods, Serena Williams — they’re black and they haven’t stopped the audiences from coming. So if you say that about the image, the moving image, that that person will not be able to satisfy the market, you are basically trading on racist undertones and notions and that needs to be examined with them.”
We couldn’t agree more. Check out our full interview with Alexander as she delves more into this idea of the black image not being marketable and the trouble with “black films.”
What do you think about what she said?
You may have seen Erika Alexander around and about over the years but we all know we’ll all remember her the most for her role as Maxine Shaw in “Living Single.” Even though she says Maxine has been her favorite character, she can’t say she’s too much like her.
”I’ve played a lot of really good characters but they are all really flawed in some way and if I say that, people will say ‘I knew it! She’s a sex addict.’ I don’t want to hear that. I played a wonderful character. People know me best for Maxine Shaw, “Living Single.” And I’m really happy about that character, that I got a chance to play it. I loved the cast that we were with they are my sisters and brothers. It was a wonderful time…The character itself is crazy. So if I admit to that, who am I really? I loved playing her but I don’t really know how close I am to Max.”
In addition to her “Living Single” days she spoke about the lessons she learned from “The Cosby Show,” and what drew her to her new role on the AMC show, “Low Winter Sun” that airs on AMC, Sundays at 10PM.
Check out the interview with Erika below.
TV One has developed a dedicated African-American adult viewership reaching its highest ratings since it launched in 2004. Much credit is due to the debut of R&B Divas LA last month; July was TV One’s most successful month, according to a press release announcing the channel’s victory.
The network has been known to send viewers back in time with old sitcom favorites like The Jeffersons, A Different World, Living Single, Martin and Eve. But lately, it seems like reality television is winning.
Following R&B divas such as Faith Evans, Keke Wyatt, and Claudette Ortiz has attracted more viewers to the network than ever before. Among adults between the ages of 25 and 54, TV One reported a 29 percent increase from July 2012. Docu-series Fatal Attraction and the scripted comedy The Rickey Smiley Show has also sent TV One’s ratings through the roof.
“R&B Divas LA is the number one Wednesday primetime reality series on cable year-to-date among Black adults 25-54,” the press statement reported. Since its first season, R&B Divas Atlanta, the season 2 debut in Los Angeles has increased viewership by 16 percent.
Fatal Attraction, a show that reenacts real-life dating and relationship stories, is a top-five favorite Monday primetime series among African-American adults. The Rickey Smiley Show ranks as No. 6 for favorite Friday night sitcoms within the same demographic.
The three aforementioned series also boosted traffic to TV One’s website; viewers who can’t seem to get enough have been perusing through exclusive content and webisodes.
Look out for TV One’s long-running series, Life After, that will launch its fifth season on Wednesday, September 11, at 8 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET. The docu-series follows stars that share “life-changing crossroads from the celebrity’s point of view, along with the views of colleagues, family and close friends,” according to a separate press release.
Celebrities Sheryl Lee Ralph, LeVar Burton, Shirley Murdock, Adina Howard, Clifton Davis, Jimmie Walker, Sheree Whitfield and Maia Campbell will delve into their defining moments on Life After.
Some of the best shows from the ’90s and early ’00s had everything. Good writing, great acting, and good looking men. These brothas brought some of our favorite characters happiness, drama, and a good time, and for us, they brought eye candy we were looking for on our favorite TV nights (Monday used to be THE day to watch TV on UPN back in the day!). So where have some of our favorite crushes gone? Let’s take a look shall we! Be warned, some have changed not necessarily for the worst…but let’s just say they’ve changed a lot.
Quinton “Q” Brooks played by Fredro Starr on Moesha
Now they knew damn well that “Q” didn’t look like nobody’s high school student. On for two seasons and occasionally returning, Q was Moesha’s longest relationship, and probably the one that brought her the most drama. Fredro Starr of the hip-hop group Onyx played this role, and had some serious acting experience previous to playing Q (Clockers anyone?). Afterwards, he kept acting in a little bit of everything, including roles in Save The Last Dance, playing gunman Bird on The Wire, and still focusing on his music. He recently had beef with DMX of all people. As for what he’s looking like, these days, he looks okay…
Reunited and it feels so good!
One of our favorite on-screen couples from the ’90s have found themselves back in each other’s arms. Well, almost.
Clueless stars Stacey Dash and Donald Faison — better known as dysfunctional couple Dionne and Murray — will be starring side-by-side again on an episode of the TV Land comedy, “The Exes.”
According to reports, Dash will play Dana, a recommitted virgin who is currently dating Faison’s character, Phil.
The episode is slated to air in July, but until then, lets take a look at 10 other couples from television and the big screen that we’d love to see work together again.
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
Yesterday, during my daily Tumblr search, I found a video of Issa Rae and Andrea Lewis, formerly of “Degrassi” and currently of Those Girls Are Wild. In the video they were talking about how the portrayal of black women on television has changed, for the worst over the years. They specially referenced the golden era, the 90′s. When they discussed the positive role models we had on television at the time the first woman that came to both of their minds was “Laura Winslow” (Kellie Wiliams-Jackson). They talked about how Laura was the type of girl they could see themselves being friends with. She was normal. A regular high school girl we watched evolve into a sophisticated woman when she cut her long hair into that sleek, short Nia Long look. Honestly, the conversation left me with a bittersweet feeling. Sweet because those were good times in television and bitter because things just aren’t like that anymore. Well, in an effort to remember the good ole days, here are the black women, and in some cases teenagers or young girls, we loved to watch on television.
An Open Letter to Hollywood: Is It Just Me, Or Do Women Of Darker Complexions Always Get Cast In The Stereotypical, Negative Roles?
I was excited to see the movie Alex Cross not too long ago. The idea of one of my favorite celebrities, Tyler Perry, appearing in a role that was quite different from all of his others was enough to make me buy a ticket and go support him. I was impressed with the movie, but what I was not impressed with was their selection of characters. I must say, I was disappointment to discover that one of the few women in the movie who was of a darker complexion was once again playing something extremely negative. Another female stereotype for dark-skinned women. Come on Hollywood, enough is enough!
This movie was not the first time females of a darker complexion have been featured in stereotypical, negative roles. This unfortunate typecasting that is happening so frequently that the list of ghetto and criminal roles is becoming exhaustive. The dark-skinned female in Alex Cross was not only a criminal, but she was inarticulate as well. And this depiction made me think back on many other beautiful black women who looked like this woman and played a similar character on-screen. Angela’s character from the Why Did I Get Married movies and series is extremely loud and uncouth. The sole hood character in the beloved “The Proud Family” series, Dijonay, was a dark-skinned little girl. The drugged out prostitute, Candy, in Madea goes to Jail was dark-skinned. The list goes on and on and on. It’s a good thing I have enough sense to know that criminals and those with no level of tact come in all complexions, or else I may have been inclined to think the only women capable of living sub-standard lives are dark-skinned.
In the ’60s and ’70s there were a number of positive portrayals of women of darker complexions in both movies and television. The “Black is beautiful” motto afforded all types of black women the opportunity to be cast in a variety of roles. Dark-skinned beauties like Roxie Roker and Isabel Sanford played wealthy, married women in the long-running sitcom The Jeffersons. Isabel Sanford’s historic Emmy win for her role in The Jeffersons proved that others appreciated her talent and the versatility she brought to her character. And don’t even get me started on the graceful (but broke) Florida Evans on Good Times, or Maxine Shaw in Living Single. So what is going on with the limited positive characters for us now?
It may all boil down to our people and the power we hold in the media. Before I get electronically blacklisted, please read on. More and more African Americans have made influential decisions in what occurs in television and movies. To whites, black people are black people regardless of skin tone. We are usually the only ones hung up on the different shades we come in. I’m aware that there are other groups of people that experience colorism, but for the sake of argument, I’m only referencing black people and white people. Once white people opened up to the idea of allowing us to be in the media, there was usually a wide range of black people they selected for various roles. Fast forward to today’s world and we can find a large assortment of dark-skinned women playing criminals or hood rats and an even larger variety of light-skinned women playing classy, sought after women. Who is responsible for these distorted depictions of black women?
I believe we hold the power to promote or eliminate these biased viewpoints. Considering a dark-skinned woman is the First Lady of the United States, one would assume most of these inaccurate stereotypes would have been removed. But when we hear about people like S. Epatha Merkerson who had no problem vocalizing her displeasure with seeing a dark-skinned child playing a role she felt should have gone to a fair-skinned child, I realized exactly where stereotypes and negative undertones may come from. When our own people attempt to remove a role, recognition, and compensation from another solely because “she didn’t feel that a white person and a black person can create a dark child,” I can see why a lot of our roles are limited or menial at best.
Ms. Merkerson seems to share similar opinions of some rappers, actors, and other celebrities. They appear to have no qualms about stating their preferences and the scales do not generally tip in favor of women. with a darker complexion While it’s acceptable to state preferences, it is really starting to be unacceptable to continuously equate dark-skinned women with demoralizing traits more often than not. If you ask me, if it weren’t for loud, angry, criminal, and “Aunt Jemima” looking mammy roles dark-skinned women would be even hidden in Hollywood than they already are.
Just because I have an adequate understanding of the origin of many stereotypes doesn’t mean it should be tolerated even if many of them come from our own people. As I anxiously await more and more dark-skinned women to be represented fairly in the media, I will continue to be thankful for the ones who are making strides with more positive roles–however small in number they may be.