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Still a catchy pop song.  And I always thought the concept behind this video is brilliant.

Before Beyonce or Britney Spears or Ariana Grande (or whoever the kids dream about these days), we had Janet.

When she steady gives the camera ‘the Look’…

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It’s the weekend.  We made it.

Let’s start this one with young, ‘healthy’ (as we call it where I’m from) Janet Jackson.




Made it through another week.

Let’s start this weekend with (in my opinion) one of Teddy Riley’s best remixes (which is saying a LOT).

Enjoy! See you on the other side.


Thought my mind would want a break in between finishing my first pilot and moving on to writing the feature.

Nope!  When the creative juices are flowing, gotta let em flow.

Wrote my first fight sequence to this, haven’t seen it used in anything yet.




Every girl I knew growing up loved this video and memorized the choreography.

I loved this video too.

(And when I say I loved this video, I mean dat ass…)

Hmm…I hope my exhaustion doesn’t mean my inner monologue is seeping out.

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Alright gang, we’ve been pretty heavy the past couple days, let’s mix the music back in (with a smile on my face).





Yesterday we gave Britney her due, so today let’s pay tribute to one of (if not the main) pop star before her who had it.

Looking back now, this video is still something.  Seemingly every girl I knew had this dance routine memorized at some point.  And as far as the guys go…well, I don’t have the exact number, but between the lyrics to this song and the video that took it to the next level, I feel comfortably saying somewhere between 90 and 100 million young black boys took a dramatic leap forward in their coming of age when they saw/heard this:



Ah.  I was all hyped to talk about this one when I knew it would be today’s song (I wrote my first ‘action fight sequence’ to this), but now I just feel melancholy.  Hopefully it has the opposite effect on you going into the weekend.  Enjoy!


Still one of the most beloved of all shows about black families, Good Times still stands for good and bad reasons as a benchmark for black television.  On to the tale of the tape…

Relevance:  The story of the Evans family, struggling to make ends meet in the projects of Chicago.  Nuff said.

Legacy:  The first sitcom about an African-American family.  There were other TV shows with black lead characters who had families, but this is the first one where the family was the star.  Let’s also add in this was the beginning of Janet Jackson’s acting career.  And um, how do I say this?  Oh yes…DY-NO-MITE!!!

Craft:  I’ll be the first one to admit not remembering this, but an old girlfriend bought the Season 1 DVDs, and let me tell you something: before ‘Dynomite’ took off, this show was really about something.  Michael started off as a Black Panther wannabe; that’s one example that sticks out in my mind.  And I don’t think anyone would deny that Esther Rolle and John Amos were both true black actors.

Crossover‘Temporary laid off!’  ‘Easy Credit Rip Off!’  Sorry, had to get that out of my system.  Well, as noted, J.J. became the star of the show.  You can call it ego or you can call it standing up for the culture, but both John Amos and Esther Rolle complained publicly about the ‘directon’ of J.J. as his character gained steam.  Not by coincidence, both of their characters would be written out of the show.  Which leads of course to…


Some recent television greatness is coming when the countdown continues…



Diff’rent Strokes was by almost any measure a classic sitcom of the early 80s.  The premise, an extremely wealthy white man adopting two black kids from the projects, set the stage for many of the celebrities we see today going to Africa and adopting black babies.  (That’s a joke folks before anyone bites my head off).

Anyway, on to the tale of the tape…

Relevance: While the premies sounds ultra-dramatic, Diff’rent Strokes was a comedy 90 percent of the time (more on this later).  The roles of Arnold and Willis have defined Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges for their entire lives (for better and worse it seems).

Legacy:  Go ahead and say it: ‘What you talkin’ bout Willis?’  Now that we got that out of the way, let’s also credit Diff’rent Strokes for bringing us the next phase of Janet Jackson’s career (as Willis’ sometimes girlfriend).  You hardcore TV buffs also probably remember Mrs. Garrett started on Diff’rent Strokes before moving on to her own spinoff show, The Facts of Life.  Oh, and do you really think Webster was getting a greenlight if Arnold didn’t become the phenomenon he did?

Craft:  If you want to know what a top of the line 80s sitcom looked like, you could do worse than watching a season of Diff’rent Strokes.  It was so good in fact…

Crossover:  The First Lady (Nancy Reagan) appeared on a ‘very special episode’, encouraging kids to “Just say No” to drugs.  As I’ve alluded to earlier (but I’m sure you all remember anyway), Gary Coleman was EVERYWHERE for a while in the 80s.  I would actually be quite shocked to find a white kid of my generation who knew nothing about Diff’rent Strokes, now that I think about it.

Apollo:  You know I had to go here.  Arnold and Dudley make friends with the neighborhood bike shop owner.  They go home with him.  Next thing you know, they’re taking pictures.  Next thing you know, Dudley ain’t got no shirt on, and he’s hopping around on this cat’s lap!  I’m openly baiting you to go to YouTube and find this.  As an adult, it’s every bit as funny/creepy as it was to me as a child. 

The countdown continues in April…