We are less than one month away from the new season of “American Horror Story”. Staying true to the anthology’s reputation, this season is sure to be great. Based in early 1950’s Jupiter, Florida the fourth season is subtitlted “Freak Show”. From what has been revealed so far about the show which is set to premiere October 8th on FX is that it is darken than last season’s “Coven” and centers around America’s last standing freak show. Emmy award winner, Jessica Lange will once again [and quite possibly for the last time] lead the returning cast as Elsa Mars, a former German cabaret star who runs the show. Lange has been very open about this season being her last season as she has said the show is very time consuming during the year. [As with previous seasons Lange looks fabulous and I’m sure will give us a stellar performance] Returning for a second season is Kathy Bates as Ethel, the bearded lady and Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree, the lady with three breasts. Also returning of course is Sarah Paulson as Bette AND Dot. [twins or conjoined twins?] Making an appearance in four episodes this season is legend Pattie Labelle, as mother to actress Gabourey Sidibe’s character. While I am extremely excited about what this season will bring I think I am more excited about the opening sequence and the theme song. Melanie Martinez’s [The Voice] “Carousel” from her LP opens up this seasons show and I must say it is an addictive little diddy. Have a listen!
While all these may be rhetorical, they all need answers.
1) If the SS Minnow was only set to take a three hour tour, why did the Howells, Ginger and Mary Ann have entire wardrobes?
2) Why is a raven like a writing desk?
3) What exactly was Tommy’s occupation on the show Martin?
4) How many licks does it take to get the center of a tootsie pop?
5) If its my cake, why can’t I have it and eat it too? (after all it is MY cake, right?)
6) They say life is short, can you name something you can do longer?
7) Why did Wilona Woods [the Evans’ neighbor on the show Good Times] live in the projects?
8) Where did Sondra on The Cosby Show come from? [in the pilot episode Claire asks Cliff “Cliff, why do we have four children?” His response, “Because we didn’t want five.” the four were Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy]
9) What happened to Judy on the show Family Matters?
10) Why don’t they make canned broccoli?
11) If Squidward is an octopus why is his name Squidward?
12) If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
13) Have you ever danced with devil in the pale moonlight? [What the heck does that even mean?]14) How old is Morgan Freeman? REALLY!?
15) If money doesn’t grow on trees, then why do banks have branches?
16) If a mute child swears, does his mother clean his hands with soap?
18) Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?
19) What hair color do they put on the drivers licenses of bald men?
20) Why are Trix only for kids?
21) Who killed Jimmy Hoffa?
22) Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
24) Why do we drive on a Parkway and park in a Driveway?
25) Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?
“What is it about Olivia Pope that makes her a role model to today’s [black] woman?” from What a Great Story Line part one
It was the above quoted question that began a hail storm of commentary and debate recently. Upon reading part one of this two-part series several people weighed in on the topic, which gave me much insight for the follow-up to my previous post.
There was a time not too long ago when “Girl Melanie” was one of our favorite characters to love to hate. The hit show “The Game” derived as a spin-off from “Girlfriends”(which was created by Mara Brock Akil and executively produced by Kelsey Grammar which was one of the highest rated African-American women ages 18-24 during its eight year run) initially debuted as a show about a medical school student and her rookie football player boyfriend. Throughout the first few seasons we watched Melanie (and the other women of The Game, Tasha Mack and Kelly Pitts ) evolve into characters we all at some point could relate to. We watched them make sacrifices for the men they loved, all while still taking care of themselves and each other.
I remember growing up I wanted to be three things, a Huxtable, from Cabrini Green and a student at Hillman College. (Judge Not, less ye be judged first!) I’m sure the wanting to be from Cabrini Green through most of you for a loop, but it will all make sense momentarily. As a young girl I remember being exposed to positive and influential women of color. Women who even though they were fictional characters (the only “reality” television back then was MTV’s Real World) I wanted to be like when I grew up.
Claire Huxtable for starters, a wife, a mother of five and a lawyer. She was able to balance a full-time career, full-time parenting and her duties as a wife all while being extremely fashionable at the same time. Although we never actually saw them “argue” the Huxtables maintained a healthy marriage, open dialogue between themselves and their children, and never strayed from morals and values. Her character was well written and brilliantly portrayed by Phylicia Rashaad who even now is the upper echelon of what a beautiful black woman should be. Who wouldn’t want to be a Huxtable and have a mother like Claire? Continue reading
During a trip to California earlier this year I had the opportunity to sit and watch the full first season of the FX show “American Horror Story” anthology on Netflix. From episode one I was hooked, while the storyline of the show is great it was Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange’s performance as Constance Langdon (which she won an Emmy for) that truly peaked my interest in the show. The show is now in its third season “American Horror Story..Coven” While each season has a different theme the actors are generally all the same, including Lange who undoubtedly has reinvented herself through the series. This is my nod to a Hollywood Icon, Jessica Lange. (and the American Horror Story anthology)