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https://plus.google.com/106234227857740766491 elliott bledsoe : I just noticed that Angie Jordan's series 'Queen of Jordan' in +30 Rock is credited to +Tina Fey! #w...
I just noticed that Angie Jordan's series 'Queen of Jordan' in +30 Rock is credited to +Tina Fey! #wouldwatchthat
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 L.A. Times Daily Crossword Solutions - Sep 01, 2014 Clue Answer "... had a farm, __" EIEIO "30 Rock" creator TINAFEY "A Streetcar __ Desire" NAMED "Amscray!" GETLOST "I'll do whatever you need" USEME "Language" that gave us "amscray" PIGLATIN "Lord, __?": ...
L.A. Times Daily Crossword Answer - Sep 01, 2014
 L.A. Times Daily Crossword Solutions - Sep 01, 2014 ClueAnswer"... had a farm, __"EIEIO"30 Rock" creatorTINAFEY"A Streetcar __ Desire"NAMED"Amscray!"GETLOST"I'll do whatever you need"USEME"Language" that gave us "amscray"PIG...
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https://plus.google.com/108869188360022079839 Rob Cypher : Remember when “The Simpsons” was good — about a week ago? The ongoing “Simpsons” marathon on FXX began...
Remember when “The Simpsons” was good — about a week ago?

The ongoing “Simpsons” marathon on FXX began with a bang, running through the unsteady early couple of seasons quickly, then getting to hit after hit after hit. It was like living through the 1990s on warp-speed. With its earthy frankness about family life, the challenges of growing up, and the socioeconomic squeeze the American family was undergoing, it was hard to believe that this “Simpsons” had ever been made at all, let alone that it’s technically the same show that’s wrapping up its marathon this weekend and still airs on Fox every Sunday night. If FXX had really wanted to build anticipation and interest for this marathon, they should have run the episodes in reverse order; it would have been an inspiring story of a show that was mediocre for 15 years or so, then suddenly got great.

The complaints about the contemporary “Simpsons” have all been made for years. Primarily, the show, around 2000 or so, abandoned its central conceit slowly, then all at once. The Simpson family’s problems went from trying to stretch the family budget to having too many international vacations to go on or too many other shows to parody in calorie-free jokefests that had nothing to do with anything. The side characters who added color and interest to the show began to take over, with every member of the immediate family having run through every conceivable plot many times over. When episodes weren’t devoted to trips to Brazil or the backstory of Duffman, the Simpsons themselves were warped almost beyond recognition on a whim (Homer became rageful; Marge’s flitting through new fixations like bodybuilding came to look like some sort of personality disorder).

“The Simpsons” went awry for what seem like fairly obvious reasons; it ran out of stories to tell and yet had to keep going. But unlike other shows that had creative lulls and recovered late in their runs — “30 Rock” and “Frasier” come to mind — it’s hard to imagine it recovering. The trend on TV has moved so far away from what, specifically, “The Simpsons” did well, when it did things well. To wit: the five-time Emmy winner for best comedy, “Modern Family,” has placed its family in a world where any material thing is easily obtained. All its adults have lucrative jobs, or don’t need to work at all. As for other consistently successful family series on the dial — well, where are they, really? The only other show as big as “The Simpsons” is “Family Guy,” whose nihilistic attitude and giddy unconcern with material reality “The Simpsons” has aped more and more, leading up to a crossover episode this fall. What is going to push “The Simpsons” to return to depicting the Simpsons as real people when the most successful live-action comedies don’t bother?

It certainly won’t be a push from the audience. Speaking anecdotally, it’d appear that the adult audience has largely left “The Simpsons” behind; its new episodes fail to make the sort of impact among what used to be its core audience than do far-lower-rated shows like “Girls” or “Louie.” And speaking statistically, the show hit its all-time low among adult viewers last season. The teens tuning into Fox’s comedy block, on the other hand, have no expectation that “The Simpsons” be anything more than a mélange of pop culture references tied together by an over-the-top, nearly villainous dad.

It’s not “The Simpsons”‘ fault that it seems unlikely to change — the world is far too hostile to its best elements, now, because everything else on TV learned the wrong lessons from the show’s success. The Simpsons’ lives were fanciful, and so now every show like “The Simpsons” is entirely outlandish. There was a note of sarcasm, and so as though to outdo it, scorched-earth bitterness became the order of the day. Lately, showrunners have been signaling that the show will come to an end soon, even disclosing that an episode that had aired was planned as a series finale. Time is running out. But, really, all the better — it’s time for “Simpsons” fans to accept that at a time when socioeconomic satire is needed more than ever, the entertainment industry is ill-equipped to provide it.

And it’s time for something new on Fox. Perhaps the prime 8 p.m. Sunday night time slot can go to “Bob’s Burgers,” a much-lower-wattage series that has built a fanbase around its very real depictions of a marriage and a family in unglamorous surroundings. The family’s somewhat challenging economic situation — they all work together at a restaurant perpetually one emergency away from closing — isn’t the point of the show, and the emotions in play are far less overt than old “Simpsons’” open, at times gooey, sentiment. It may not be world-beatingly popular. But the expectations that come with mega-popularity, TV fans learned around 2000, can end up destroying a series.
Will “The Simpsons” ever be good again?
The FXX marathon makes us miss the things we loved about a great show -- but those things may be gone forever
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https://plus.google.com/100480070390589100611 Christopher Haydu : On occasion, I get a crush on female celebrities. To my memory, the only time I've ever been attracted...
On occasion, I get a crush on female celebrities. To my memory, the only time I've ever been attracted to a female anchor was in the case of Susan Ortega, the co-anchor to Steve Carrell's character in Bruce Almighty. In my opinion, she was the only good part of that film. It's nothing against Jim Carrey. The fact is that it just wasn't a good idea for a film, and not even the combined talents of Jim Carrey, Morgan freeman and Steve carrell were able to save it. And it's not like Jennifer Aniston being in it made that any easier. (Waaahhh! I miss Brad Pitt!)

I don't even know the name of the anchorwoman of Roc City Tonight, Rochester's very own trendy-seeming news show to keep me up to date on all the happenings of this rapidly-changing-world. (There's music.)

Suffice to say, it's for that anchor that I recorded this fifteen minute block of commercials. Leigh leaves the television on a lot - or, at least he did before he caught on that I would shut it off while he's gone. He always left it on the channel that has weather every fifteen minutes. That's what you see here, along with the other commercials, like for NBC morning news and MeTV.

I'm also somewhat attracted to the NBC news commercial. I don't know any of their names except for former fat guy, weatherman Al Roker. It's more enticing because it's NBC - not because of who the "journalists" are. I'm more interested in things like 30 Rock (the place, not the sitcom). The history that NBC - as an institution - has in New York City. For many years I've wanted to visit The Rainbow Room, which is in 30 Rock. I'm not sure if it's still open, but the marquee is still there, as far as I know. The Rainbow Room might refer to a high-level balcony for tourists, as opposed to a bar/club. I'm not sure about that either, though.

All of this combines to create the allure of living in a city. Watching a show called Roc City Tonight just sounds hip. Like, watching the show is as hip as what's presented on the show by the curvy cougar (I hope) host. It's interesting, too, because watching television is not really an experience of a city atmosphere. The theme of the propaganda/"news" program is clearly modeled after the glamor of a city environment, though. The swinging, electric, always on the go atmosphere of a city that only sleeps for a few minutes seems to be reflected in watching this "news" show, that probably presents the same government-approved rendition of what's going on as every other news station is reporting. I don't know that to be fact, since I haven't actually watched this show. I should, though, because the hostess really hopes I'll join her for Roc City Tonight. (Wow....)

Just one more thing. I'm not able to monetize this video, since it's just television that I didn't create. I would appreciate it if, in lieu of my non-royalties, you either bought my book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, titled The New King of Jones Town, by Christopher Haydu. You can do that, and/or subscribe to my channel so that I make more money. Thanks!

(Written on August 30th, 2014)
Watch the video: Roc City Tonight and NBC News Commercials (Wow!) July 12th, 2014
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On occasion, I get a crush on female celebrities. To my memory, the only time I've ever been attracted to a female anchor was in the case of Susan Ortega, the co-anchor to Steve Carrell's character in Bruce Almighty. In my opinion, she was the only good part of that film. It's nothing against Jim Carrey. The fact is that it just wasn't a good idea for a film, and not even the combined talents of Jim Carrey, Morgan freeman and Steve carrell were able to save it. And it's not like Jennifer Aniston being in it made that any easier. (Waaahhh! I miss Brad Pitt!) I don't even know the name of the anchorwoman of Roc City Tonight, Rochester's very own trendy-seeming news show to keep me up to date on all the happenings of this rapidly-changing-world. (There's music.) Suffice to say, it's for that anchor that I recorded this fifteen minute block of commercials. Leigh leaves the television on a lot - or, at least he did before he caught on that I would shut it off while he's gone. He ...
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https://plus.google.com/118098397877225650149 All New York News : Hilaria Baldwin takes Ice Bucket Challenge while doing a headstand hilariabaldwin via Instagram Hilaria...
Hilaria Baldwin takes Ice Bucket Challenge while doing a headstand 

hilariabaldwin via Instagram Hilaria Baldwin accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge with the help of her husband and daughter Saturday. Hilaria Baldwin has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — and of course she did so while striking a pose. She posted a video on her Instagram account Saturday that shows her doing a headstand in a bikini. Her husband Alec Baldwin holds a baby’s bathtub between her legs, as their 1-year-old daughter Carmen watches nearby. “We had no bucket so Carmen lent us her bathtub,” the yoga instructor explained. “Uno, dos…” Baldwin counts down in the clip. “I’m just afraid of the cold water,” his wife said. “Wait, I nominate you afterwards … you have to do this after after me.” “Tres!” the “30 Rock" star said before pouring water on his spouse. She lets out a big scream, and the shock of the cold water causes her to drop down from her headstand. “AB, you are up next,” Baldwin pledged on Instagram, referring to her husband. Related Stories Chris O’Dowd reveals baby news with Ice Bucket Challenge ‘Star Wars’ cast, crew join ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ranks Related Gallery: View Gallery Hilaria Baldwin’s best yoga poses Related Gallery: View [...]
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https://plus.google.com/110112375404792098940 Thereal LaNiece : COMEDIAN TRACEY MORGAN IS STILL FIGHTING TO RECOVER AFTER LIMO BUS CRASH According to sources, an attorney...
COMEDIAN TRACEY MORGAN IS STILL FIGHTING TO RECOVER AFTER LIMO BUS CRASH

According to sources, an attorney for Tracey Morgan, 7 year Veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead. Attorney Benedict Morelli…
COMEDIAN TRACEY MORGAN IS STILL FIGHTING TO RECOVER AFTER LIMO BUS CRASH
According to sources, an attorney for Tracey Morgan, 7 year Veteran of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike th...
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https://plus.google.com/114715336283083165262 La-Niece Thejaneofalltrades : COMEDIAN TRACEY MORGAN IS STILL FIGHTING TO RECOVER AFTER LIMO BUS CRASH According to sources, an attorney...
COMEDIAN TRACEY MORGAN IS STILL FIGHTING TO RECOVER AFTER LIMO BUS CRASH

According to sources, an attorney for Tracey Morgan, 7 year Veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead. Attorney Benedict Morelli…
COMEDIAN TRACEY MORGAN IS STILL FIGHTING TO RECOVER AFTER LIMO BUS CRASH
According to sources, an attorney for Tracey Morgan, 7 year Veteran of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike th...
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https://plus.google.com/114364827716128547326 Paul Mitchell : Episode 036 - FIBA Preview and TV Tangents In their longest episode yet, Chris and Paul go through the...
Episode 036 - FIBA Preview and TV Tangents
In their longest episode yet, Chris and Paul go through the rosters and preview the 2014 FIBA World Cup Tournament, with an extended Spain and Team USA breakdown. After about 1:15 they switch to TV talk and revisit their 30 Rock summer rewatch by discussing...
Episode 036 - FIBA Preview and TV Tangents
In their longest episode yet, Chris and Paul go through the rosters and preview the 2014 FIBA World Cup Tournament, with an extended Spain and Team USA breakdown. After about 1:15 they switch to TV talk and revisit their 30 R...
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https://plus.google.com/118127698045187707911 Visions Art Gallery : India’s Own Ajanta Caves May Be The Birthplace Of Indian Art Vishal Ingole Aug 29, 2014, 06.47 PM IST...
India’s Own Ajanta Caves May Be The Birthplace Of Indian Art
Vishal Ingole Aug 29, 2014, 06.47 PM IST The Ajanta Caves, located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra consist of about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments that date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. There are several sculptures, painti...
India’s Own Ajanta Caves May Be The Birthplace Of Indian Art
Vishal Ingole Aug 29, 2014, 06.47 PM IST The Ajanta Caves, located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra consist of about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments that date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. T...
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https://plus.google.com/116396976042640862621 Antonio Staley : When White Women Discover Their “Inner Black Woman” By Aisha Harris Everything about Girlfriend Intervention...
When White Women Discover Their “Inner Black Woman”
By Aisha Harris

Everything about Girlfriend Intervention, Lifetime’s new makeover reality series that premiered last night, feels horribly familiar. For starters, the show is a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy knockoff, in which a quartet of black lifestyle and beauty coaches instruct their dowdy white fixer-uppers how to dress, rap, and do African dance. “Trapped inside every white girl is a strong black woman waiting to bust out!” heralds the series intro, with not a trace of irony to be found. Apparently this is what Lifetime thinks of as catering to a more diverse audience, after years of showcasing overwrought movies and series about white women.

But of course Girlfriend Intervention is hardly the first show to reduce black women to neck-rolling, attitude-having, innately stylish stereotypes. When Hollywood has bothered to provide roles for black actresses at all, it has often presented them as sidekicks who whip important white protagonists into shape. Sometimes this stereotype is deployed harmlessly; at other times it becomes downright offensive. With that in mind, here is a catalog of notable past instances of the sassy black friend-as-white person’s (usually unpaid, mind you) life coach, from the benign to the egregious, and beyond.

The Benign
Sister Act, the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle, takes the premise that the white characters, a bunch of nuns, will have their lives inevitably enriched by the presence of a loud black woman (Goldberg’s lounge-singer-turned-murder-witness-in-hiding). When Deloris/Sister Mary Clarence begins to coach the terrible but eager to learn choir, she instructs them to sing with “attitude.” Soon, a traditional performance of “Hail Holy Queen” has become a hip, gospel-infused rendition that enchants the nuns and entices inner city youth into the church.

But Sister Act is rare in that the black woman is the protagonist, not a sidekick. Goldberg is in command of nearly every scene, and Deloris’ own personal journey is as crucial to the story as the journey to greater hipness taken by the nuns. (Plus, the nuns return the favor by helping to save Deloris from the mob.)

In contrast, the Dynamites, a Supremes-inspired trio of fabulous, singing black ladies, provide backup to Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) in 2007’s Hairspray. In the Motown-tinged “Welcome to the ’60s,” they assist Tracy as she takes her homely mother Edna (John Travolta) on a full-tilt shopping spree and makeover, offering soulful, sage beauty advice:

One could view Hairspray—and the original version, a cult classic from 1988—as an egregious act of cultural appropriation: The film focuses on overeager white teenagers who bring black dances to the white masses. But John Waters’ story is also about the unifying nature of music and the fight for civil rights, and it has a self-awareness and sense of irony about the whiteness of its protagonist. This is another benign use of the sassy black assistant stereotype.

The Egregious
On the more cringe-worthy end of the spectrum, there’s the pre-Olivia Pope role that Kerry Washington played in Save the Last Dance.  She’s Chenille, sassy black friend and confidant to Julia Stiles’ clueless Sara. In an exchange that could have been plucked directly from the script of Girlfriend Intervention, Chenille helps Sara get ready for a night out at a hip hop night club:

Chenille: “You need to take off that 5th grade dance lookin’ top.”
Sara: “It’s from the Gap!”
Chenille: “It’s country, and you look country in it!”

With help from Fairy Godmother Chenille, Sara is transformed into a slightly hipper version of herself, ready to conquer the club and dance triumphantly among the predominantly black and urban crowd. While Washington has charm and grace for days, the part is still embarrassing.

Worse still was the first Sex and the City movie, in which the writers cast Jennifer Hudson as Carrie Bradshaw’s resourceful personal assistant. At least this time the character is drawing a salary. But her character has no existence beyond helping Carrie get her life together following a disastrous wedding-day ditching by Mr. Big. As “Louise from St. Louis,” Hudson knows all the thrifty tricks to help scatter-brained Carrie live stylishly within her means—and Carrie is grateful that Louise can “hook her up.”

It’s worth noting that in the short-lived prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, Larissa, a hip fashion editor who takes the teenaged Carrie under her wing, serves a similar purpose as the sassy black friend—but she’s not only set apart, somewhat, by her British background, she also has a life apart from Carrie.

The Lampoons
The sassy best friend trope is so familiar by this point that it has been lampooned many times. There are multiple spoofs in the Not Another Teen Movie and Scary Movie franchise, for instance, and the recent rom-com parody They Came Together gives us Wanda (Teyonah Parris), the purposefully underwritten black best friend to Molly (Amy Poehler), and a cheerleader on Molly’s road to romance. There’s even a makeover scene that would make the ladies of Girlfriend Intervention proud.

But perhaps the best skewering of the trope came from an excellent early episode of 30 Rock. Liz Lemon is coached on her personal and professional problems while seated on a plane next to Oprah—the real-life epitome of the black woman guru who serves as spiritual counselor to many white women. Liz is typically awkward as Oprah happily gives her advice, offering to come down to 30 Rock to deal with Liz’s co-workers personally. In a biting twist, “Oprah” turns out to be a precocious pre-teen: Liz took one too many anti-anxiety drugs prior to the flight and hallucinated the world-famous media mogul. The girl, not realizing Liz’s mistake, helps solve all of her problems anyway, because, well, she’s sassy and smart like that.
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https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288 Superdave Houdini : When White Women Discover Their “Inner Black Woman” By Aisha Harris Everything about Girlfriend Intervention...
When White Women Discover Their “Inner Black Woman”
By Aisha Harris

Everything about Girlfriend Intervention, Lifetime’s new makeover reality series that premiered last night, feels horribly familiar. For starters, the show is a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy knockoff, in which a quartet of black lifestyle and beauty coaches instruct their dowdy white fixer-uppers how to dress, rap, and do African dance. “Trapped inside every white girl is a strong black woman waiting to bust out!” heralds the series intro, with not a trace of irony to be found. Apparently this is what Lifetime thinks of as catering to a more diverse audience, after years of showcasing overwrought movies and series about white women.

But of course Girlfriend Intervention is hardly the first show to reduce black women to neck-rolling, attitude-having, innately stylish stereotypes. When Hollywood has bothered to provide roles for black actresses at all, it has often presented them as sidekicks who whip important white protagonists into shape. Sometimes this stereotype is deployed harmlessly; at other times it becomes downright offensive. With that in mind, here is a catalog of notable past instances of the sassy black friend-as-white person’s (usually unpaid, mind you) life coach, from the benign to the egregious, and beyond.

The Benign
Sister Act, the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle, takes the premise that the white characters, a bunch of nuns, will have their lives inevitably enriched by the presence of a loud black woman (Goldberg’s lounge-singer-turned-murder-witness-in-hiding). When Deloris/Sister Mary Clarence begins to coach the terrible but eager to learn choir, she instructs them to sing with “attitude.” Soon, a traditional performance of “Hail Holy Queen” has become a hip, gospel-infused rendition that enchants the nuns and entices inner city youth into the church.

But Sister Act is rare in that the black woman is the protagonist, not a sidekick. Goldberg is in command of nearly every scene, and Deloris’ own personal journey is as crucial to the story as the journey to greater hipness taken by the nuns. (Plus, the nuns return the favor by helping to save Deloris from the mob.)

In contrast, the Dynamites, a Supremes-inspired trio of fabulous, singing black ladies, provide backup to Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) in 2007’s Hairspray. In the Motown-tinged “Welcome to the ’60s,” they assist Tracy as she takes her homely mother Edna (John Travolta) on a full-tilt shopping spree and makeover, offering soulful, sage beauty advice:

One could view Hairspray—and the original version, a cult classic from 1988—as an egregious act of cultural appropriation: The film focuses on overeager white teenagers who bring black dances to the white masses. But John Waters’ story is also about the unifying nature of music and the fight for civil rights, and it has a self-awareness and sense of irony about the whiteness of its protagonist. This is another benign use of the sassy black assistant stereotype.

The Egregious
On the more cringe-worthy end of the spectrum, there’s the pre-Olivia Pope role that Kerry Washington played in Save the Last Dance.  She’s Chenille, sassy black friend and confidant to Julia Stiles’ clueless Sara. In an exchange that could have been plucked directly from the script of Girlfriend Intervention, Chenille helps Sara get ready for a night out at a hip hop night club:

Chenille: “You need to take off that 5th grade dance lookin’ top.”
Sara: “It’s from the Gap!”
Chenille: “It’s country, and you look country in it!”

With help from Fairy Godmother Chenille, Sara is transformed into a slightly hipper version of herself, ready to conquer the club and dance triumphantly among the predominantly black and urban crowd. While Washington has charm and grace for days, the part is still embarrassing.

Worse still was the first Sex and the City movie, in which the writers cast Jennifer Hudson as Carrie Bradshaw’s resourceful personal assistant. At least this time the character is drawing a salary. But her character has no existence beyond helping Carrie get her life together following a disastrous wedding-day ditching by Mr. Big. As “Louise from St. Louis,” Hudson knows all the thrifty tricks to help scatter-brained Carrie live stylishly within her means—and Carrie is grateful that Louise can “hook her up.”

It’s worth noting that in the short-lived prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, Larissa, a hip fashion editor who takes the teenaged Carrie under her wing, serves a similar purpose as the sassy black friend—but she’s not only set apart, somewhat, by her British background, she also has a life apart from Carrie.

The Lampoons
The sassy best friend trope is so familiar by this point that it has been lampooned many times. There are multiple spoofs in the Not Another Teen Movie and Scary Movie franchise, for instance, and the recent rom-com parody They Came Together gives us Wanda (Teyonah Parris), the purposefully underwritten black best friend to Molly (Amy Poehler), and a cheerleader on Molly’s road to romance. There’s even a makeover scene that would make the ladies of Girlfriend Intervention proud.

But perhaps the best skewering of the trope came from an excellent early episode of 30 Rock. Liz Lemon is coached on her personal and professional problems while seated on a plane next to Oprah—the real-life epitome of the black woman guru who serves as spiritual counselor to many white women. Liz is typically awkward as Oprah happily gives her advice, offering to come down to 30 Rock to deal with Liz’s co-workers personally. In a biting twist, “Oprah” turns out to be a precocious pre-teen: Liz took one too many anti-anxiety drugs prior to the flight and hallucinated the world-famous media mogul. The girl, not realizing Liz’s mistake, helps solve all of her problems anyway, because, well, she’s sassy and smart like that.
When White Women Discover Their “Inner Black Woman”
Everything about Girlfriend Intervention, Lifetime’s new makeover reality series that premiered last night, feels horribly familiar. For starters, the show is a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy knockoff, in which a quartet of black lifestyle and beauty coaches instruct their dowdy white fixer-uppers how to dress, rap, and do African dance. “Trapped inside...
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Free Classes For Pre-Diabetics
LABELLE, FL. -- Several months ago, celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted that she’d been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. Almost immediately, search volume for the word “diabetes” on Google jumped 60 percent. A few weeks later, “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin anno...
Free Classes For Pre-Diabetics
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This calls for a 30 Rock buffalo chicken milkshake!
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Everything about Girlfriend Intervention, Lifetime’s new makeover reality series that premiered last night, feels horribly familiar. For starters, the show is a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy knockoff, in which a quartet of black lifestyle and beauty coaches instruct their dowdy white fixer-uppers how to dress, rap, and do African dance. “Trapped inside every white girl is a strong black woman waiting to bust out!” heralds the series intro, with not a trace of irony to be found. Apparently this is what Lifetime thinks of as catering to a more diverse audience, after years of showcasing overwrought movies and series about white women.

But of course Girlfriend Intervention is hardly the first show to reduce black women to neck-rolling, attitude-having, innately stylish stereotypes. When Hollywood has bothered to provide roles for black actresses at all, it has often presented them as sidekicks who whip important white protagonists into shape. Sometimes this stereotype is deployed harmlessly; at other times it becomes downright offensive. With that in mind, here is a catalog of notable past instances of the sassy black friend-as-white person’s (usually unpaid, mind you) life coach, from the benign to the egregious, and beyond.

The Benign

Sister Act, the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle, takes the premise that the white characters, a bunch of nuns, will have their lives inevitably enriched by the presence of a loud black woman (Goldberg’s lounge-singer-turned-murder-witness-in-hiding). When Deloris/Sister Mary Clarence begins to coach the terrible but eager to learn choir, she instructs them to sing with “attitude.” Soon, a traditional performance of “Hail Holy Queen” has become a hip, gospel-infused rendition that enchants the nuns and entices inner city youth into the church.

But Sister Act is rare in that the black woman is the protagonist, not a sidekick. Goldberg is in command of nearly every scene, and Deloris’ own personal journey is as crucial to the story as the journey to greater hipness taken by the nuns. (Plus, the nuns return the favor by helping to save Deloris from the mob.)

In contrast, the Dynamites, a Supremes-inspired trio of fabulous, singing black ladies, provide backup to Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) in 2007’s Hairspray. In the Motown-tinged “Welcome to the ’60s,” they assist Tracy as she takes her homely mother Edna (John Travolta) on a full-tilt shopping spree and makeover, offering soulful, sage beauty advice:

One could view Hairspray—and the original version, a cult classic from 1988—as an egregious act of cultural appropriation: The film focuses on overeager white teenagers who bring black dances to the white masses. But John Waters’ story is also about the unifying nature of music and the fight for civil rights, and it has a self-awareness and sense of irony about the whiteness of its protagonist. This is another benign use of the sassy black assistant stereotype.

The Egregious

On the more cringe-worthy end of the spectrum, there’s the pre-Olivia Pope role that Kerry Washington played in Save the Last Dance.  She’s Chenille, sassy black friend and confidant to Julia Stiles’ clueless Sara. In an exchange that could have been plucked directly from the script of Girlfriend Intervention, Chenille helps Sara get ready for a night out at a hip hop night club:

Chenille: “You need to take off that 5th grade dance lookin’ top.”
Sara: “It’s from the Gap!”
Chenille: “It’s country, and you look country in it!”

With help from Fairy Godmother Chenille, Sara is transformed into a slightly hipper version of herself, ready to conquer the club and dance triumphantly among the predominantly black and urban crowd. While Washington has charm and grace for days, the part is still embarrassing.

Worse still was the first Sex and the City movie, in which the writers cast Jennifer Hudson as Carrie Bradshaw’s resourceful personal assistant. At least this time the character is drawing a salary. But her character has no existence beyond helping Carrie get her life together following a disastrous wedding-day ditching by Mr. Big. As “Louise from St. Louis,” Hudson knows all the thrifty tricks to help scatter-brained Carrie live stylishly within her means—and Carrie is grateful that Louise can “hook her up.”

It’s worth noting that in the short-lived prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, Larissa, a hip fashion editor who takes the teenaged Carrie under her wing, serves a similar purpose as the sassy black friend—but she’s not only set apart, somewhat, by her British background, she also has a life apart from Carrie.

The Lampoons

The sassy best friend trope is so familiar by this point that it has been lampooned many times. There are multiple spoofs in the Not Another Teen Movie and Scary Movie franchise, for instance, and the recent rom-com parody They Came Together gives us Wanda (Teyonah Parris), the purposefully underwritten black best friend to Molly (Amy Poehler), and a cheerleader on Molly’s road to romance. There’s even a makeover scene that would make the ladies of Girlfriend Intervention proud.

But perhaps the best skewering of the trope came from an excellent early episode of 30 Rock. Liz Lemon is coached on her personal and professional problems while seated on a plane next to Oprah—the real-life epitome of the black woman guru who serves as spiritual counselor to many white women. Liz is typically awkward as Oprah happily gives her advice, offering to come down to 30 Rock to deal with Liz’s co-workers personally. In a biting twist, “Oprah” turns out to be a precocious pre-teen: Liz took one too many anti-anxiety drugs prior to the flight and hallucinated the world-famous media mogul. The girl, not realizing Liz’s mistake, helps solve all of her problems anyway, because, well, she’s sassy and smart like that.
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