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‘We Love People, We Gon’ Help People:’ Sweet Brown Speaks On Being Compared To Fellow YouTube Sensation Charles Ramsey
When the world was first introduced to Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man credited in the rescue of three missing Ohio women, his colorful and charismatic personality reminded many people of YouTube sensation Sweet Brown. Brown, similar to Ramsey, gained lightening-speed popularity after entertaining news footage depicting her speaking to a local news reporter went viral. Sweet recently sat down Chris Witherspoon at The Grio to discuss her upcoming reality show, her film debut and what she thinks of the constant Charles Ramsey comparisons. Check out some of what she had to say.
On becoming an overnight sensation:
“It’s really crazy because all I was doing was telling about a fire. Then two days later, the news anchor lady came and was like ‘Don’t you know you’re a YouTube sensation?’ and I’m like, ‘Whattt?’”
On people who believe her reaction to the fire was unauthentic:
“That’s the real Sweet Brown. That’s just me. I was just telling [the story]. I guess I got over excited or something, but hey.”
On being compared to Charles Ramsey:
“I don’t think [we're that similar]. One similarity I see is that we love people, we gon’ help people. That’s one similarity I see. What Charles did was great because I have daughters and if my kid was missing I would want a good Samaritan to rescue my baby. What Charles Ramsey did, I think it was a good thing. Thumbs up, Charles.”
On working with Tyler Perry:
“Tyler is so awesome, he is. I would love to work with him again. He just makes you feel at home.”
On being quoted by Beyoncé:
“I was like wowwww. Beyoncé? Uh oh, come on Jay-Z.”
Sweet also gushed about her upcoming reality show, which has been described as “Sweet Brown Meets ‘The Jeffersons,’ meets the ‘Beverly Hillbillies.’” She promises that the show will tickle your funny bone.
“It’s going to be hilarious. You are going to really crack up. Especially when you meet my aunties. They gonna have you rolling [laughs]. It’s going to be hilarious,” she said.
According to Vibe, the show will be titled The Sweet Browns.
Check out footage from her interview on the next page.
We All Know One: Charles Ramsey, Antoine Dodson, Sweet Brown And The Long Tradition Of Black Storytelling
In my role as an amateur anthropologist, I have identified three key phrases, which are dead giveaways that you are about to be in for one heck of a story:
1. “Well, it’s like this….”
2. “Girl, you will not believe what just happened….”
3. “See, what happened was…”
Of course, there are variations, but generally speaking, whenever a person begins a story like that, be sure to pop some popcorn and pull up a seat because you, my friend, are in the midst of a storyteller. And there are so many among us. Take that one uncle you have who commands attention at family gatherings with his elaborate tales of family past drama and misadventures. Or The loud lady on the bus talking to a girlfriend, who you try to ignore but amusingly find yourself swept up in her whimsical narration of her current relationship. Or your little niece, who doesn’t just tell you of her trip to the zoo, but does this little cute thing where she imitates animal sounds and gestures too. Some folks really do know how to tell a good story.
This is what I thought of when I first watched Charles Ramsey give his now famous interview with a local television news station in Cleveland. Outside of being an everyday man turned hero, his retelling of his larger-than-life deed was sharp, witty, and concise. A colorful and animated wordsmith, who managed to slip speculation over the size of a man’s testicles on television without drawing the ire of the FCC. Most eyewitness accounts feature people, looking shell-shocked and giving the same caged cliché about how they, ‘lived next to him/her for years and never thought that he/she could do that. It’s awful.” Whereas Ramsey, who while very much still in disbelief, was able to not only share with us how long he had lived near this monstrous neighbor, but the extent of their relationship, which according to him, had progressed to gatherings of ribs and salsa music.
There is no other older form of communication on this planet than the tradition of oral storytelling. This is also hold true for the black Diaspora in America, whose oral heritage can be traced back to the creation of civilization itself in Africa and through slavery here in America. And according to How the African American Storyteller Impacts the Black Family and Society by Barbara Moss:
Slave versions of history, like all slave tales, were enhanced by the manner of their delivery. The oral inventiveness of good storytellers, who appear to have been relatively uncommon in black culture, was a source of delight and stimulation to their audiences. Their narratives were interlarded with chants, mimicry, rhymes, and songs. They talked animatedly, especially in the dialogues and changed the voice to represent the different animals. Nothing was too difficult for a storyteller to represent: the chanting sermon of a black preacher and the responses of his entire congregation, the sounds of a railway engine, the cries of barnyard animals, the eerie moans of spectral beings, all formed an integral part of black tales.
When Sweet Brown’s eccentric answers during a local news broadcast turned her into a viral video sensation last spring, it was charming at first.
By the time there were reports that Tyler Perry was casting the raspy-voiced woman in an upcoming film, A Madea Christmas, some observers began to speculate about whether her celebrity status had “jumped the shark.”
Read more at TheGrio
The Internet celeb aka Kimberly Wilkins is suing Apple and others in federal court for selling a song on iTunes that sampled an interview she conducted with a Seattle radio program, the Bob Rivers Show, without her permission. The result was a song called “I Got Bronchitis,” which went up hours after the interview. NewsOK quotes the lawsuit: “At no time did Sweet Brown consent or agree to have her name, likeness, voice, statements, photograph used in connection with any products, songs, video productions, merchandise, goods, advertisements or solicitations for merchandise, goods or service.” The radio program and the company that owns it, Citicasters, is also named in the lawsuit.
NewsOK says the song was on sale from April 16 to June 29 of last year. The lawsuit was originally filed in June 2012 and has since moved to the federal courts. The lawsuit started at $15 million but has since been amended to an unknown amount.
Sweet Brown’s short clip yielded a bunch of catchphrases that have since made her famous enough to become a spokesperson for an Internet start up company.
Business Insider says the lawsuit against Apple may not hold up as The Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects companies from litigation if they take swift action to remove content that becomes part of a copyright dispute.
We don’t blame Sweet Brown one bit for taking action to protect her meal ticket. If you want to use her celebrity, you have to sign an agreement like WePay did. What’s WePay? Check out the ad after the jump.
Sweet Brown In A Movie!? You’ve Got Time For That: YouTube Star To Appear In Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Christmas”
If you couldn’t get enough of Sweet Brown in that commercial she did for a dentist in Oklahoma, word on the street is, not only is she somehow going to be the co-host of Cheaters soon, but according to Gawker, she’ll have a part in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, which we previously told you has a cast that has been lacking in color all around. But now, they might have one of the most colorful people around in Sweet Brown to liven things up.
While Gawker doesn’t list their source, according to Shadow and Act, it was Perry who posted the original video of Sweet Brown after escaping that apartment fire on his Facebook page (after finding it so funny that it needed to be shared–great idea). And on top of that, if Perry can cast Kim Kardashian in a serious role (Temptation), it actually makes sense to put the very comical Sweet Brown in…well, a comedy.
In all truthfulness, I’m happy for Sweet Brown. Compared to other YouTube sensations like Antoine Dodson who haven’t truly capitalized on their 15 minutes of fame and turned it into something promising (aside from maybe trying to perform during a break at the BET Hip Hop Awards), she’s out here working hard to be seen. She even got to swap spit with Shemar Moore on Watch What Happens Live! (Though he likes to kiss strangers a little too much for me.) And she seems like a pretty cool person, so good luck to her! Hopefully she’ll end up in some other movie roles in the future, because I wouldn’t put my money on A Madea Christmas being a big hit…just saying.
If she plays her cards right, Sweet Brown, should make a pretty penny off of the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” catch phrase for at least 2-3 years to come. And if this commercial is any indication of her business savvy, then maybe she’s on the right track.
Using her ever popular catch phrase, she stars in an Oklahoma dentist commercial. Watch it and let us know what you think.
Are you tired of the Sweet Brown catchphrases yet or should she continue to collect them checks.
It’s been nearly a year since Sweet “ain’t nobody got time for that” Brown graced the airwaves with her cooky presence. As you may recall, she was interviewed by a local Oklahoma City news station about a fire that broke out in her apartment complex and gave quite the dramatic re-enactment of her experience with the fire. Some say she was straight up acting (and may have been inspired by fellow small town viral sensation Antoine Dodson) but Brown insists that it was all her. Acting or not, she was funny as hell! Take a trip down memory lane and relive the Sweet Brown experience on this Funny Friday why don’t ya.
This ish is so bad we had to make up a new phrase for what took place on “Watch What Happens Live”last night — NSFL: Not Safe for Lunch
If you didn’t already know Shemar Moore was a thirstball from the last two articles we posted of him slobbing down random women on TV shows, it ought to be more than confirmed for you now that the “Criminal Minds” actor not only locked lips with Sweet Brown, but transferred liquor directly from his mouth to hers. We’re not saying anything’s wrong with Sweet Brown but she does have that case of bronchitis and already told us, “ain’t nobody got time for that!”
The craziest thing about this entire spectacle is that Shemar Moore lowkey had to convince Sweet Brown to let him slob her down. What was supposed to be a simple round of shots, turned slobberiffic when Andy Cohen was one shot short and Shemar improvised by telling Sweet like three different times, “I’m gonna put it in my mouth then put it in yours.” She was looking at him like,” what?”, while as a viewer I was thinking two things: one, haven’t we seen you do this already? and two, if somebody doesn’t wipe those juices off Sweet’s mouth I’m gonna be sick.
Unfortunately, the thirstiness didn’t stop there because by the end of the show, Shemar ended up topless, giving Sweet Brown a lap dance. We can’t make this stuff up.
This is just blaxploitation at it’s finest. When we first met Sweet Brown, i.e. saw her on an Oklahoma news station, she was talking about how a fahhhr (fire) had broken out in her neighborhood and given her bronchitis, which “ain’t nobody got time for that.” Her presence was very Antoine Dodson-esque, but since her mannerisms were a little less animated and more so a reflection of her region and environment, many viewers found Sweet Brown to actually be sort of sweet. But now she’s gone left.
We’re not totally shocked someone has put this woman on a track, but let’s just say the fact that the title is “You’s a Monkey” and it’s being sang over the beat of Beyonce’s “Party” has us pretty much done with Global Rockstar Productions, ENT and the ignorance that is this song. This company actually put Sweet Brown in a studio—and she agreed—to lay down a song she and her father supposedly use to jokingly sing about “negative and crazy people.” What’s worse is the track is available on iTunes and if she follows in Antoine’s footsteps in any way, this will probably be a hit, sadly.
You can only imagine the type of crazy lyrics in this song but essentially Brian McKnight is on one end of the ridiculous spectrum and Sweet Brown is on the other. Here’s a quick line:
“I can tell by your face, not from human race, he’s a monkey.
“I can tell by your hair, you got baboon in you somewhere. He’s a monkey.”
I don’t even have to get into the cultural significance of black people being called monkeys to explain why this is all types of wrong. I was willing to give her a ghetto caricature pass the first time around, but this is just straight ignorance. No bueno for Team Sweet Brown, and by the way, why does she have a team anyway?
Check out the clip here and tell us who you blame for this.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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Her name is Sweet Brown and she is either your worst nightmare realized or a funny anecdote to a story that could have been tragic.
Last Saturday, Brown narrowly escaped a three-alarm blaze that engulfed the Chateau DeVille apartment complex in Oklahoma City. The fire, which apparently started in the apartment of a wheelchair-bound woman, sent one resident to the hospital, destroyed five other homes and left as many as 44 apartments without electricity. Most of them will probably end up in shelters provided by the Red Cross until the complex is repaired or a permanent living situation can be found.
After the early morning fire had cleared, local news channel KFOR descended upon the scene to scope out residents for a first-hand account of how it felt to escape the fire. That’s when they found Sweet Brown. Donned in a carefully knotted mutli-colored head scarf and fronting a thick backwoods drawl, Brown described in the most dramatic fashion her horrifying experience, when she realized her apartment complex was on fire.
Said Brown, “Well, I woke up to get me a cold pop and I thought somebody was bar-b-quein’, I said oh Lawd Jesus, it’s a fare. Then I ran out, I didn’t grab no shoes or nuthin’ Jesus. I rr-ran for my life. Then the smoke got me – I got bronchitis. Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
Have you started face palming yet? Well, you wouldn’t be alone. If you watch the actual video, you will see a young man lurking back and forth in the background, shaking his head and palming his face as well. But the story of Ms. Brown doesn’t end there. You see, yesterday, the video went viral with over 350,000 views. Pop culture blogs like Gawker proclaimed Sweet Brown as the next big viral star and Hip Hop Wired has said that she is coming for Antoine Dodson’s crown. And with that, six million black folks in the US collectively face palmed again. I can almost hear the chorus of many of them cursing her name and decrying how “she has set us back about 50 years.”
But me, I love everything about this clip. What’s not to love? First, who really does have time for bronchitis? Secondly, there is her name. That’s the kind of name you associate with somebody who makes sweet potato pies for a living or a Ray Charles song, not someone chilling at home, drinking pop (or soda, whatever you want to call it). Thirdly, who knew that Jesus was part timing it up as a television news reporter in Oklahoma? You would think that being the Son of God would garner him some cool perks like working in one of the top television markets. Must be the recession. And finally, she wakes up in the middle of the night, smells smoke and instantly thinks there’s a barbecue going on. Well played Ms. Brown, well played indeed.