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extra, extra: the five biggest breaking news stories in black america in the past 25 years

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from michael jackson’s unexpected and sudden death to janet jackson’s unexpected and sudden breast, there have been numerous events in the past 25 years that have had a particularly strong resonance in the black community.

today, as a service from vsb.com, the champ has decided to list the top five. enjoy and sh*t

***in reverse order***

5. the oj ordeal (june 14, 1994-october 3, 1995)

you know, the more i think about it, the more i think this actually had more resonance in white mainstream america.

although the entire country was captivated by this trial, i really can’t recall any black people genuinely feeling anything other than shock that he actually got off, and i definitely didnt see the widespread joy that, according to every news channel, was going on in our neighborhoods. like blacks who celebrate kwanzaa, the black who celebrated the oj verdict is still an urban legend to me

plus, jim jones killed nicole brown simpson anyway

4. the rodney king beating (march 3, 1991)

and

3. the LA riots (april 29, 1992-may 4, 1992)

while there have been bigger news stories, i don’t think i’ve ever seen a single clip more times than the footage of a coked-up defenseless rodney king getting his ass kicked by four cops. you can even argue that its the single most famous amateur footage in american history, even more than the zapruder film.

as far as the riots, a part of me felt a perverse amusement watching that unfold. it was like watching an unedited version of cops mixed with the biggest food fight ever, and the surreality of it all had me captivated.

the “amusement” quickly ended though, when seeing reginald denny pulled out of his semi and brutally stomped unconscious, reminding me of exactly how real that sh*t was

2. hurricane katrina (august 25, 2005-present)

katrina

its been four years, and i’m still too saddened about everything that happened down there to write intelligibly about it. sh*t, just thinking about watching “when the levees broke” still puts a lump in my throat.

1. president-elect obama (november 4th 2008, at approximately 11:00pm est)

honestly, since that night everything else to me (his acceptance speech, the inauguration, his eerily efficient fly-killing abilities, my life, etc) has been anti-climatic. i guess thats par for the course when you’re a witness to the biggest news story in black american history. (yup. i said it)

i know my list is right, but since liz my contract requires me to ask if i’m missing anything, i need to ask…am i missing anything?

—the champ

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • http://theyounganddisenchanted.wordpress.com/ puff

    you’re right. i couldn’t watch all of “when the levees broke” – i had to leave after the second part cos i was about to burst out sobbing like an infant in a museum, which probably wouldn’t have been appropriate, and i’m not even american. spike definitely did the right thing with that one.

    • http://www.blacknbougie.com OneChele

      @puff, I watched all 900 hours of When the Levees Broke, and yes, I boo-hooed and sniffled in a most un-gangsta fashion.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @OneChele,

        welcome and sh*t

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

      @puff,

      I haven’t watched “When the Levees Broke” but a friend of mine did a documentary on going down to volunteer post-Katrina & the state of the place made my eye allergies act up :’-(

      • overit

        @Thuggie Luvvie, pink eye is no joke, get it all the time. i wish i had tear ducts instead.

        • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

          @overit, ewwwww… you got conjunctivitis.. somebody got poop in your eye! LMAO

          • overit

            @blackberry molasses, you nasty, lol. i was only trying to illustrate the thug tendencies luvvie and i share.

            if you weren’t my e-mama i would have had to e-cut you.

        • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

          @overit,

          LMAO u stoopit

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @Thuggie Luvvie,
        i neva saw it either watchin the real thing was hard enuf

  • http://lizburr.com Liz

    Um yeah. Riots weren’t so fun when you were right there in south central where they broke out.

    scariest night of my life.

    • http://stuffghettopeoplelike.wordpress.com Stuff Ghetto People Like

      @Liz, since I lived in Gardena, I didn’t feel the brunt of it like folks in the city did. The shopping center around the corner from me did catch it and a lot of places I had once patronized around town did burn down, which was sad. Media watching was something else for me, seeing things I never knew could happen on the news. But the aftermath did yield necessary changes (one of which was a true clean break from those horrible 80s Blacks suffered through in this town).

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @Stuff Ghetto People Like,
        das real shi im from nothern cali but i got fam down there and my cuzos was all up in that shii lootin my one cuzo said he aint neva seen nuthin like that in his life.

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

    Umm… so you just not gon mention the day Lil Kim became an Asian Woman as a notable news event?? Or even the day that JayZ finally took some TCB (two combs & a brush) to his natty coif? Or the day Wanda Sykes shocked us ALL and came out *snicker*? You racist, Champ.

    • JamaicanGirl

      @Thuggie Luvvie, or the day Beyoncee sang her own song as a tribute MJ?

      • charli skipper

        @JamaicanGirl,
        ugh!!!!!! that disgusted me. i don’t mean to be fickle, but i’ve been the biggest beyonce fan since forever. however, this whole mj tragedy has me lookin at her like, “b*tch sit yo old ass down.” micheal had 36,372 songs. you mean she couldn’t pick ONE as a 60 second tribute!? hell, “halo” isn’t even HER best song. uh uh. da*n that.

      • K to the…

        @JamaicanGirl,

        I’m going to her concert tonight and if she performs that shat like she did at the awards, I’m throwing a rock at her…mid on-stage costume change. So what I’m in section 311…I’ve been building up strength in my baby bicep ever since I saw the BET Awards….

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @K to the…,
          lmao u crazy
          i cant stand bey jelly or not well actually if she is on mute i can watch the “single ladies” video dayum

    • Yaa

      @Thuggie Luvvie,

      “Or the day Wanda Sykes shocked us ALL and came out”

      Uhmmmmm yeah…who…saw….that….coming! LMAO

      • K to the…

        @Yaa,

        Wanda Sykes is gay!?!?! *jaw drop*

        j/k

  • Gem Possible

    from michael jackson’s unexpected and sudden death to janet jackson’s unexpected and sudden breast

    lmao nicely written intro, Champikins. you’re on a roll this week.

    i remember being in my spanish class when we watched the OJ verdict on tv. mr. orteaga actually turned it on for us 7th graders to watch (sidenote: wtf??). and all the black kids in my class were jumping and hollering like they actually knew the implications of such a verdict. my parents found OJ disgusting, and so thusly i too (at the tender age of 12) thought OJ was wrongfully acquitted. Johnny Cochran did make for some funny 1-liners (again none of which i could truly appreciate until i got older).

    • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Naturally Alise

      @Gem Possible, dam* i am old, that was when i was a senior, lol

      • charli skipper

        @Naturally Alise,
        i was in the 4th grade! fountain of youth up in this bish!! lol

        • JamaicanGirl

          @charli skipper, i was in the second grade its clear who was all up in the Fountain of youth.

          • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

            @JamaicanGirl,
            7th grade and OJ AINT DO IT

        • missjess

          @charli skipper,
          i was in the 4th grade too

      • RedBeanzNRice w/Red Snapper

        @Naturally Alise,

        I know right? Why did she have to give her age an sht, lol.

        • Gem Possible

          @RedBeanzNRice w/Red Snapper,

          lol my bad. i was just trying to enhance the memory and sh…

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

        @Naturally Alise,
        yo, Gemmie, Charlie and Jamaican Girl making me feel old as shyt. I was a sophomore….
        and being one of the 45 black kids in my H.S. of 1,900– we were getting side-eyes for a week, like WE did something. Even from the teachers.

        • http://www.heyyouasked.net PBG

          @blackberry molasses,

          Forget ya’ll….”Old”. hmph.
          I was already “grown” w/a baby. Tina was a toddler and I had walked her to the playground that day (of the OJ verdict). We were walking home and all of a sudden there were ppl cheering and jumping up & down in the street in my old neighborhood. I knew right then what had happened. I just shook my head. I’ve always thought he was guilty, but I know why black folks were so happy.

          Personally, OJ is my “boogeyman”. He scares me shytless. Ever since the day they found his ex-wife dead, I’ve had nightmares of that lumbering monster chasing me down and cutting my head off. He is absolutely terrifying.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

            @PBG,

            **going to fetch your cane**

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @Naturally Alise,

        lol, according to the date, i was a junior, but for whatever reason, i remember being a senior.

      • http://www.mysixcents.wordpress.com klysha

        @Naturally Alise, I was a senior too…geez seems like yesterday

    • http://twitter.com/ReverendDrDash Legendary Dash

      @Gem Possible,

      I remember how tense it was a school that day. The school I was being bussed to, was in a neighborhood in the middle of White-flight, in Alabama. Everything ground to a halt when it was time for the verdict to be read. There were pools and everything. I bugged one of my teachers for a week to let me in on the sentencing/verdict pool. I was thinking that there was going to be a hung jury. There were a couple of fist pumps, but not a bunch of hooting and hollering.

      • Gem Possible

        @Legendary Dash,

        LOL wowsers @ “I bugged one of my teachers for a week to let me in on the sentencing/verdict pool.”

    • K to the…

      @Gem Possible,

      I was in 6th grade during the OJ ordeal and I remember being in the cafeteria jumping around when the verdict was read. Oh how things change…I think that negroid did that ish…while rocking a pair of isotoners!

      • Bailey

        @K to the…, I too was in the 6th grade, but I skipped school that day. My mom and I chilled in the crib and watched. There was no cheering, just eerie silence. Shocked isn’t even the word.

        Black people can get mad at me, but he did it lol.

        • miss t-lee

          @Bailey,
          I ain’t gone get mad. I feel the same way.

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @K to the…,
        “rockin a pair of isotoners” lmao smooth criminal
        naw i member watch the high speed/low speed chase lolololol oj was a foo like “tell um i gotta gun” lol i was still surprised they ain rodney king him when he stopped.

    • Omar

      @Gem Possible,

      I hate to say it but the OJ verdict was a slight symbol of progress, I mean a black man (allegedly) kills a white woman, the evidence is very damning, then he gets away with it and no black towns or neighborhoods are burned down by white mobs (that I know of). That’s historic.

  • http://stuffghettopeoplelike.wordpress.com Stuff Ghetto People Like

    I think Michael’s death knocks OJ off the list. OJ didn’t rate to Black folks at large IMO. Numerous killings of Blacks by police or civilian whites rank higher on Black America’s collective scale. And OJ by and large brought the pain upon himself

    Honorable mention could go to freeing Mandela/South Africa.

    • Sanen85

      @Stuff Ghetto People Like, cosign

    • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

      @Stuff Ghetto People Like,

      double co-sign on Mandela. Followed on its heels by his election to the presidency.

      • Yaa

        @blackberry molasses, YES!!!!

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @blackberry molasses,
        almost forgot mandela yea pops was hella afro centric i memba we was carvannin bout 20 cars deep riding thru the street of east palo alto with a bullhorn, honkin horns, bumpin music talkin bout “mandela is free” 80′s baby like wha

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Stuff Ghetto People Like,

      I think Michael’s death knocks OJ off the list. OJ didn’t rate to Black folks at large IMO.

      that was easily the toughest decision for me. thing is, the oj ordeal was more about the case and the circumstances surrounding it than oj himself, so the fact that cats didnt really f*ck with oj like that didnt come under consideration.

      with that being said, you can go with mj’s death and still not be wrong

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @The Champ,
        oj was the man to a few ninjas i mean he lived the ninja dream get out the ghetto play ball for SC go to the nfl set record be a hall of famer bang whateva you like. mj was bigger tho.

    • Peysonic Temple

      @Stuff Ghetto People Like,

      I agree. How could we forget when Abna Louima got sexually assaulted by the cops with a night stick then handcuffed to a hospital bed and they wouldnt release him until the mayor came down and told them to

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @Stuff Ghetto People Like,

      “Honorable mention could go to freeing Mandela/South Africa.”

      Ohh, good one. A lot of resonance for that event. Folks cry when they visit his jail cell, it’s so powerful.

    • Laneianna

      @Stuff Ghetto People Like,

      And I’m just wondering.. y is it that when ninjas, that dont like other ninjas get in trouble, the ninjas, that the ninja in trouble wouldnt get get caught dead with, go runnin to the ninja that is the bullish’s aid??? The perception of the black community… SHAM FRIGGIN WOW! I’m still trying to understand the OJ thing.. Thats why his a$$ is doing life for stealing his own shyt back!

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @Laneianna,
        lol dam to many ninjas feel like a kung foo flick. Oj got some great quoteables tho lol yall hear the tape when he takin his shii back lol classic oj at his finest

  • http://thismayconcernyou.com thismayconcernyou

    After looking at the list, I feel like we should all join hands and start singing “We Shall Overcome” … lol

    Seriously, look how far we come in 25 short years. From Rodney King, to OJ, to Katrina …to President Obama.

    I think Michael Jackson’s death should be on the list. Jordan’s shot over Byron(sp, whocares) Russell deserves consideration. And I’d combine the LA Riots & Rodney King into one because that is one big story like OJ.

    Good list though.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @thismayconcernyou,

      you know what though, if you take the top 20 “black” news stories of the past 25 years, its amazing how many of them are negative. at least 70 percent of them would be about some bad sh*t happening

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @The Champ,
        also Ennis Cosby and Jordans dad gettin shot

  • Selah

    #1 .. i agree

    I was living in Spain on Nov. 4th, and everyone from home was texting/calling me at 5:00am (8pm LA time)… it was the craziest thing ever…. then on my train ride to school every single newspaper (there are about 6 that get handed out at metro entrances) had the pics and the stories about President Obama’s win on the front page. Random Spaniards were celebrating and giving me thumbs up signs lol……. I cried the whole way to school… and we watched the Youtube speech during our class. And I cried some more. LOL. One of my best memories.

    Yea that was long. Sue me.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Selah,

      Yea that was long. Sue me.

      if i had a dollar…

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

        @The Champ,

        we have discussed this. no amount of dollars will bring your account out of the red.

  • http://www.blacknbougie.com OneChele

    Great list! Thankfully Obama at Grant Park burned the White Bronco slow speed chase on the 405 out of my consciousness. I would include MJ somewhere in the top 5.

    • http://chubbyafro.com T. Troy Stewart

      @OneChele, the OJ verdict was the first time in my life where I actually knew that 2520 got a taste of how we felt for once. I was in Arizona at the time and there isn’t that many of us in AZ to start with. The day of the verdict, my supervisor brought in a TV from the A/V department and invited everyone on the floor in to watch.

      Up ’til that point, I hadn’t really given The Juice all that much thought except I knew he was going to get off because Marcia Clark and Chris Darden were a couple of clusterfu(ks. How do you not bring in that badly written suicide note in as evidence? Why do you bring that racist cop on the stand? How could you two ugmos even think about having sex with one another? Boy was that stewardess sista who went coo coo fione? And how about Arnell Simpson…pull up to the bumper baby….bang bang!

      Anyway….

      It was the social event of the season for 2520. Me, I was checking the exits to see which one was closest in case these fools wanted to get lynch happy. When the verdict was announced, you could have heard a rat p*ssin’ on cotton, man. I have never seen 20 people shut up so fast. Nobody said a word to me the rest of that day. I didn’t care, don’t get mad at me, I didn’t get a invite to the OJ Afterparty. When I went to lunch in the cafeteria, quiet….except for the woman across from me who was crying….CRYING as if Nicole was her mother.

      Wow.

      When I got home, I turned on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and, of course, they were interviewing folks to get their feelings on the verdict. Three people stood out, Tori Spelling’s ole horse with lipstick on a$$, bawling like a b!tch, Steve Young from the 49ers who was doing a guest cameo on 90210 that day, who was showing how much of a redneck he really was and Jenifer Lewis, the loud, neck popping actress, who playing a lesbian judge on a show called COURTHOUSE, was talking about how upset she was about the verdict. She wasn’t the loud, sassy, sterotypical broad she usually played, she was quiet, respectful, almost as if she was in mourning. She pissed me off with her playing it up for the 2520 audience and I’ve made it a point not to intentionally watch anything she’s been in ever since.

      • charli skipper

        @T. Troy Stewart,
        1. “Me, I was checking the exits to see which one was closest in case these fools wanted to get lynch happy. When the verdict was announced, you could have heard a rat p*ssin’ on cotton, man. I have never seen 20 people shut up so fast. Nobody said a word to me the rest of that day.”

        I live in the deep south. So this paragraph could pretty much sum up the reaction of 2520 folk when President Obama was elected.

        2. I looove Jenifer Lewis. She’s playin my momma in the movie.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @T. Troy Stewart,

        She pissed me off with her playing it up for the 2520 audience and I’ve made it a point not to intentionally watch anything she’s been in ever since.

        so you’re telling me you’ve never seen “who’s your caddy”???? or “jackie’s back”????

        blasphemy!!!!!

    • miss t-lee

      @OneChele,
      “the White Bronco slow speed chase on the 405″

      I still remember my Dad and my brothers doing a collective “oh heyll naw!” when they interrrupted the NBA finals that year to broadcast this ish. Then they put up the split screen.
      It was the year the Rockets were in there too. LMAO

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

    Notable events in Black music:

    *When Puffy came out with “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” vid & came to be known as “Shiny Suit Man” (B-I-G-P-O-P-P-A, no info for the DEA, Federal Agents mad cause I’m flagrant…)

    *The “Untitled” video by D’Angelo

    *The release of “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”

    Future Black music events to look forward to:

    *Mama Whitney’s new album coming in September. YESSSSS!!!

    *The day Sasha Fierce discovers pants again

    *The day Mariah Carey realizes that cropped tops & cut off jean shorts are TRULY not meant for anyone over 15

    *When Rihanna realizes she wasn’t meant to be a singer and finally signs that exclusive modeling deal

    These are just a few.

    • http://stuffghettopeoplelike.wordpress.com Stuff Ghetto People Like

      @Thuggie Luvvie, on the serious tip, a post about the most significant shifts in Black music would be a good one. I could weigh in with plenty on that.

    • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Naturally Alise

      @Thuggie Luvvie,

      The most significant is when Luvvie, Naturally Alise and The PBG met and started the greatest blog, friendship, and ignance conglomerate known to man…. :)

      • JamaicanGirl

        @Naturally Alise, I must thank you ladies fir all the ignance it brings a smile to my face everyday. Just yesterday Luvvie made me choked laughing at her “greeks draft”.

      • http://www.heyyouasked.net PBG

        @Naturally Alise,

        That was truly a glorious IG occurrence.

    • Yaa

      @Thuggie Luvvie,

      The “Untitled” video by D’Angelo

      For YEARZZZZZZ I would watch that video and get the tinglies until I saw a recent picture of him. It was like eating next to a garbage can!! He totally ruined it for me!!

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

        @Yaa,

        wasn’t it like he took the slime from “You Can’t Do That on Television” and threw it all over a Picasso? Just ruined his masterpiece.

        *sigh*

      • Peysonic Temple

        @Yaa,

        I have bad memories of my mama runnin to the screen and trying to look down the tv *cringes*

        • Gem Possible

          @Peysonic Temple,

          lmao!!!!!!

        • overit

          @Peysonic Temple, LMBAO, omg, i just laughed hella loud at work.

        • VSH

          @Peysonic Temple, why must you kill me. OMG I was trying so hard not to laugh out loud at work….

      • Happy Meal

        @Yaa,
        Umn.. I STILL cue that video and watch it like it’s Slayer pron. You can’t tell me he wasn’t getting a tune-up at the service station… don’t tell anyone but ::looks to see if anyone is watching:: I like to think it was me

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @Thuggie Luvvie,

      “*The “Untitled” video by D’Angelo”

      Mmm, mmm, good.

      • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

        Oh, I meant to add that the subsequent picture of how messed up he looked several years after that video was pretty groundbreaking too. Made us say, “WTF happened?!” Case in point:

        http://www.spin.com/sites/spin.com/files/imagecache/huge_page_view/sites/spin.com/files/dangelo-mug-shot.jpg

        • http://www.mysixcents.wordpress.com klysha

          @Cheekie, OMG…i almost choked on a m&m I ate two weeks ago when I saw that picture….what happened…say it ain’t so!

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @klysha,

            Yeah, sincerely hate to be the bearer of such bad news.

            I heard he was tryin’ to get back in shape and back into the game. He hit such a bottom I’d be surprised if he could truly regain his physical image. Ya know it gets harder with age and ish.

        • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

          @Cheekie,
          augh!!! I.AM.UPSET.

    • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

      @Thuggie Luvvie,
      sasha did jus say f pants not really mad about it tho lol

  • maximillian

    Good list, though I would probably tie Rodney King to the subsequent riots, like the Slow-J chase and the final verdict.

    Where would the Million Man March fit?

    • http://stuffghettopeoplelike.wordpress.com Stuff Ghetto People Like

      @maximillian, good call on the Million Man March, forgot all about it when thinking of what else could make the list. Mad brothers from here and all over the country went (or talked about heading out there). Farrakhan certainly stuck it to his detractors that day. Then proceeded to fall off, but…I digress.

      • maximillian

        @Stuff Ghetto People Like,

        I remember that day vividly. 70 people got fired from my job for not showing up that day.

        Yes, myself included…

        • V Renee

          @maximillian,

          This made me chuckle.

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @maximillian,
          i hada night job so it was all good but yea the million man march was huge but the day after all was forgoten

    • maximillian

      @maximillian, I mean..

      I would probably tie Rodney King to the subsequent riots, like the Slow-J chase and the final verdict also.

      I didn’t see what TMCY put…

      Oh, what about James Byrd, the guy who was chained to a truck and dragged to his death in TX?

      Or, the Jena 6?

      • miss t-lee

        @maximillian,
        “Oh, what about James Byrd, the guy who was chained to a truck and dragged to his death in TX?”

        Being from here, you know I’ll never forget this.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @maximillian,

        “Or, the Jena 6?”

        definitely makes the cut if the list is extended to 200

      • Peysonic Temple

        @maximillian,

        Jena 6 would have made it if they didnt go and coon it up after

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @Peysonic Temple,
          showin up at award shows n shii like they celebs now

    • http://www.singlesisterspeak.wordpress.com Nicki Sunshine

      @maximillian, I agree. the Million Man March was epic.

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @maximillian,

      “Where would the Million Man March fit?”

      Jesus, Mary, AND Joseph knows the productivity I could’ve experienced had I been the age I am now during the Million Man March.

      *swoons at the thought*

      It was pretty epic. And I love “Get on the Bus”. Shabooyah, sha-sha-shabooya, shabooya, sha-sha-shabooya roll call.

      • http://www.museacdonline.com pgh muse

        @Cheekie,

        Co-sign!
        Get on the Bus was a great movie!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @maximillian,

      Where would the Million Man March fit?

      good question. if i extended the list to 10, it probably would have been number 7.