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Landmark Moments In The Black Community – The B-Sides

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This has been a good week for Black people. Really, it’s been a good week for those of common sense but I figured I’d just skip the niceties and go right to where I care the most, my kahmrunitee. Tyrese. Obama’s (military) accomplishment and ensuing speech will be remembered long time like a favor from an Asian chick who works at Happy Endings Got Me Working Day and Nite Spa. While it’s not nearly on the same plateau as Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, or the assassination of Malcolm X – and Martin for that matter – as landmark events in the Black community go, for current day ninjas, it’s our moment. They’re the kind of moments you will remember forever. Even if you weren’t even alive for them. They resonate.

You know, like the OJ Simpson verdict.

From Brown vs. Board of Ed to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to Michael Jackson taking that final Moonwalk towards the sky, the Black community has a lot of moments that are and will be commemorated for eons to come. Little martian children will read about great accomplishments and beam…possibly up Scotty, but a beam is a beam.

But you know, there are also some events that are AS significant (okay not really) that don’t get nearly as much attention. You know how on old vinyl records, there was always a B-side record? It wasn’t as good as the hit on the A-side, but intended to get some attention and pull for the artist as well. We here in the Black community have a lot of B-side moments. Such as?

Glad you asked.

1) The death of Ricky

I don’t care how old you are, you know that Ricky’s dead. In fact, any time I see a Black man running, I’m compelled to yell out RIIIIIIIICKY!!!!! with the force of three titans and two foster children named Shane. Boyz N The Hood was our first real look at South Central from a place we could care about, unlike Colors. We cared and when Ricky got shot, we cried. I remember seeing it as 12 year old and begging my uncle to never take me to South Central. Why? I didn’t want to get shot like Ricky. ZIG ZAG RICKY!!!! DON’T RUN STRAIGHT!!!!

Speaking of deaths…not quite on par but close enough….

2) The death of Stringer Bell

I promise you that I heard screams in my apartment building when Stringer got shot. Despite him being the one character I was ROOTING for to get murked, something about Stringer resonated to all of us. Every woman wanted him and every man wanted to be him. Again, DESPITE the fact that he might have been the most shady, ruthless, f*cked up character on the show. And if that was a spoiler, then let me add this too…

2a) Bodie getting bodied on the corner

Probably didn’t hurt as much but dammit if it wasn’t hard to see the one dude you really liked just as a straight up soldier catch a bad one.

3) Nipplegate

It’s the point where we realized that it really was us against them. Justin sold out Janet and never looked back. Her career never really recovered and she was forced at gunpoint to do Tyler Perry movies. She participated in one of the most retarded scenes in cinematic history…oh and that scene would be the ENTIRE film Why Did I Get Married Too. Justin went about his business to make more millions and just be white. All over a nipple. Who hasn’t seen one of those. I’m looking at one right now. Damn shame.

4) Halle Berry bares her boobs in Swordfish

Just a personal landmark for me. Nothing more, nothing less. The guys I was with? We all stood up to clap. Nobody cared though, that movie sucked donkey nuts.

5) Tupac/Biggie/rapper deaths

I’ll bet more ninjas know the birth and death dates of Tupac and Biggie than King or Malcolm X. Young and old.

6) The Game Season 4 premiere

Apparently it was the most highly watched cable program after the summer solstice but before the winter solstice on a Tuesday in November both before and after 8pm while going up on the downstroke. Or something. Point is, more of you ninjas watched the Game season premiere than would show up to a rally on education inequality. That says something. What? I don’t know. I was watching it too.

7) Whitney Houston tells us that “crack is wack”

Just like everybody else, I watched that interview and saw Bobby sweating like he stole something. Then Whitney hits us with the quote that will live longer than she will, “crack is wack”. She also asked for a receipt for all the drugs she’d done which subsequently showed up online a few days later. Notably, nobody believed her.

8) Some guy gives Tyler Perry a check to put on a stage play

Somewhere in Atlanta, a homeless Tyler Perry finishes up a manuscript for a terribly predictable and horribly written stage play starring him as a woman. He added some gospel, some really long songs, and a cast of other ninjas nobody’s heard about, and convinced somebody to give him the money for that first show. The rest as they say, is showbiz history. Nobody can pinpoint the moment where it all went left, but it happened. Spike Lee’s guitar gently weeps. Or it would if he could figure out how to come up with a decent ending for a movie. Spike has worse endings than 15 year old virgins.

9) We find out the DC Snipers are Black

Sad, sad day for stereotypes everywhere. Except them ninjas got caught sleeping. Literally. Just like Black folks.

10) Kanye West says that Bush doesn’t care about Black people

As unpoignantly poignant as his statement was, it somehow fit exactly what the entire Black community felt. This is also the point where people started believing that Kanye read books and/or was somebody to talk politics with. Boy were those people wrong. Point is, Kanye did Kanye things, and we’ll never forget. Like the Alamo.

That’s ten. What else you got? What are some sort of glossed over landmark moments in the Black community?

Shake something.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka MR. LOOKING AT THEM GIRLS WITH THE DAISY DUKES ON aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3

Damon Young

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • Sea Jay Bee

    Seeing Omar tongue-kiss Brandon in Season 1 of the Wire was rough on me. Omar’s character took on three/ four/ five new dimensions after that one.

    • tezzybaby

      yeah it was extra passionate, I know it’s wrong but I still cringed a little inside

      • tezzybaby

        It’s like Tuesday has become the new Friday!!

    • http://shesoflyy.wordpress.com Muze

      i LOVED omar. but that scene… wow. it was much. pretty much all of their interactions. Brandon couldn’t keep clothes on for the life of him.

      • Sea Jay Bee

        Yeah Brandon was not a convincing stick-up boy. He was more of a Michel’le back up singer.

    • WIP

      Yesssss- y’all ain’t tell me Omar was gay! All The Wire talk on here and no one gave that away. When I saw that scene, mouth was on the floor.

    • http://www.insaneasylumblog.com The Insane Asylum (Mr. Chap)

      Oh man, I know. That was a hard pill to swallow.

  • http://www.twitter.com/makinghisstory Evan McAuthur Kane

    Dave Chappelle turnin’ down $50+ million and absconding to an undisclosed red, black and green location…that was definitely barbershop news and commentary in Negro DC.

    • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

      1. How about the entirety of the Chappelle Show? Tell me you didn’t say “I’M RICH JAMES, B!TCH!” at least a dozen times. (Not me, doe. I plead the FIF!)

      • naturalista88

        “Darkness everybody, darkness!!”

      • http://www.shardemarie.tumblr.com ShardeMarie

        As we speak there is somebody somewhere screaming “eff yo couch n*gga”

        • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

          Couches are super mad at Chappelle’s essence right now. Or happy depending on how ya work it.

          • http://www.shardemarie.tumblr.com ShardeMarie

            I’ve met some nasty azz couches who are probably quite pleased by it.

            • http://twitter.com/TheHumanSp1d3r The Human Spider

              I never did things just to do them. Why would I grind my feet on Eddie’s couch? I think I would have a little more sense than that…

              *blinks*

              Yeah I remember grinding my feet on Eddie’s couch…

              *long pause*

              But they shoulda never gave y’all ninjas money! LOL

              • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                “Woogie Boogie N*GGAS”

        • Nell

          That was me. lol

      • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

        “Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?”

        • Gabe O.

          Definitely a highlight in my black life *shrugs*

      • http://www.twitter.com/makinghisstory Evan McAuthur Kane

        Oh! And the deaths of Rick James and Michael Jackson were another level of surreal. [Insert anecdotal story here…’cause e’erbody’s got one.]

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

          MJ definitely.

          • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

            Was I the only one who thought Balloon Boy was Michael ordering delivery in heaven?

            • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

              O.O!!!
              That corner! ——->

            • Sea Jay Bee

              THAT was hilarious!

            • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

              Too soon?

            • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

              *hollers* Yes, proceed to the corner of the corner!

              I coulda swornt Balloon Boy happened pre MJ death, doe? *too lazy to Google*

              • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

                MJ died in June. Balloon Boy was in October. In Michael’s heaven there is no LAPD. “Heeeeeeee!”

                • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

                  You still in the corner, doe.

                • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

                  (adjusts MJStan4Life hat and matching rhinestone glove)

                  That is all.

                • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                  Hahaha

                • Vanity in Peril

                  Oh no! Bury me a G with my Burt Bees lip balm please.

                  MJ’s death to me was like a death in the black extended family we all belong to b/c we don’t really know where in the hell we come from. I cried at work and then proceeded to buy up all the MJ swag I could find for the “vaults”. He was our Elvis.

                  • Cris Until I Find a Clever Name

                    I agree Vanity

                    you knew it LIFE WAS DIFFERENT AS A BLACK PERSON when Michael passed.
                    When adult MEN cry freely IN PUBLIC like their Favorite Uncle/Cousin/Sibling died, SH!T.JUST.GOT.REAL.

            • Andi

              SLAYED!

            • WeGottaDoBetter

              You stoopid.

      • Keity Rich

        So, Chappelle’s Show ruined my life. I can hardly handle serious matters without referring to a sketch/quote from the show. When I found out Bin Laden had been killed, my first thought was “Osama BEEN HIIIDIN” (Black Gallagher)

        • http://theothersideofphlyy.blogspot.com PhlyyGirl

          I do believe there’s a Chappelle quote playing in the background of my mind at all times now.

          My daughter was crying the other day and my father and I both looked at each other at the same time and said “The baby’s cryin. The BABY’S CRYIN” in the chappelle voice.

          Damn shame.

          • Nell

            “Ya cut off! Ya cut off!”

          • http://awordorthree.com Crystal Marie

            LOLOLOL!

        • Squeak

          Yeah i use Chappelle quotes to get out of hot water at work all the time.

          MGR: “Hey Squeak, I didn’t get your TPS reports.”
          ME: “Eff Yo Couch!”
          MGR: ROFL “I’M RICK JAMES BITCH!” *leaves*
          ME: *hands behind head, feet up on desk*

          • http://awordorthree.com Crystal Marie

            Your name is squeak? Like Color Purple Musical Squeak? Nice!

        • Cris Until I Find a Clever Name

          “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong”

          Chappelle as Lil Jon

          The Wu-Tang Credit Union (you need to diversify your bonds, N!gga! Protect yo gottdamn neck!)

          The music acts were tight too! Kanye & Common; The Roots; Mos Def

          And by the way: “What did the five fingers say to the face?”

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

        Game. Blouses.

        • Sea Jay Bee

          Now go clean yourselves in the purifying waters of Lake Minnetonka…

        • StillSuga

          __________dead____________

        • http://www.greenafrodiva.com Green Afro Diva

          would you care for some blueberry pancakes..b*tches…

      • Kidsister

        Not a day goes by that I don’t tell somebody “IF YOU GOT HATE IN UR HEART, LET IT OUT!” -Black, White Supremacist

      • http://snarkyasiwant2b.wordpress.com SnarkyChic

        Oh yes the whole Chappelle experience is just…EPIC!!! When situations happen I always have a quote because he has a line for er’thang! Just the other day I was tripping on the Trading Spouses skit…I don’t smell no dinner cooking!!!! I miss Dave very very much.

        • Deeds

          He!!, that show trading spouses know they got there idea from that Dave Chappelle skit. I remember saying that when I first saw the commercials for Trading Spouses. I wonder if Dave got any compensation from them people.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/legitimate_soul legitimate_soul

          “You better check ya tone girl, put ya inside voice on. ‘Fore I put ya azz outside!”-Leonard Washington

          • naturalista88

            “Ggggggggg-goodbye!!!”

  • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

    Ummmmm, Barack Obama being elected? Anyone, anyone, Bueler? *sits down*

    • TheRealestLeo

      I think that’s definitely an A-side moment.

      • tezzybaby

        Agreed!!

        • legitimate_soul

          Definitely! There were days of euphoria and good tidings…especially on inauguration day.

          • TheRealestLeo

            It sucks that I was in Basic Training when this happened, so I couldn’t even celebrate with y’all. *Sad Face*

            • legitimate_soul

              You’ll be home soon, though :)

              • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                I was wondering why it wasn’t on the list. lol

            • Redd_NCBred

              No worries! I was sure to shout it out for all of us when they called my Platoon to attention at first formation!! ALL of my fellow squad leaders were ready to lynch me after I belted out GOOOOO OOOBBAAAMMMAAAAA!!!

              ***Then I looked at them with the (in my Pinky voice) “SAY ANOTHER WORD NI66A! OOOOOH SAY ANOTHER MOFO WORD NI66A!” face and went back to attention!!

      • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

        I know, I know. But OJ being mentioned over the election, I was just a lil’ surprised.

        • http://shesoflyy.wordpress.com Muze

          these are B-sides. lol. OJ was an A too, in my opinion.

          • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

            I know. OJ was mentioned as an A along with Brown v. Board of Ed, et. al. I was saying The Election trumped OJ.

            • http://shesoflyy.wordpress.com Muze

              ah, gotcha. #youreright

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

              this is funny to me.

          • DQ

            You know how I could always tell an A side event from a B side? A Side events, another black person could look at you without saying anything and you knew you were thinking the same thing.

            When I was getting my popcorn to go in and see Swordfish, I saw another black dude. We didn’t say anything, just gave the “ninja nod” and it was understood: We’re about to go see Halle’s Berries

            When it was determined that the DC snipers were black, I looked at a black woman in the cafeteria, she sighed, looked at me and shook her head and I understood: We can’t hold this over white people heads no more. Now we’re crazy too.

            When I was standing in line for the election, I looked at an old lady, and she smiled and nodded her head, and I did the same, it was understood: we ’bout to run this.

            • tezzybaby

              This entire comment tickled me.

              • thenameisyonna

                So I’m not the only one tickled? Good. :)
                Great add DQ.

            • http://www.twitter.com/drrdb TWIsM81

              It’ll take at least 10 Black DC snipers to equal 1 Jeffrey Dahmer. I’m sorry this dude was EATIN’ ninjas [pause]. And he liked dark meat (with a little sugar in the tank) but dark nonetheless.

              • DQ

                I’m not saying we’re taking the crown at the Mass Murderer Invitational… I’m just saying we sent in the application and picked up the registration packet. And I felt myself lose some moral high ground that day.

                The Sniper dudes were crazy too… had Charles Moose reading messages on air that sounded like unfinished screen plays.

                • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                  I agree sweety. It was a sad moment as our “Never been a serial killer” pass got revoked. I heard one of them was Jamaican too. smh

                  • Kema

                    The Jamaican part hurt me the most. :-(

                    • Yeah…So

                      Me too… I didn’t make eye contact with anyone at school for 2 weeks.

                    • DQ

                      @YS

                      Could you feel their condemning looks on you? I know when I was at work, I could feel it. Of course I gave them that same look back and THEN some 2 days after Obama was elected. Why 2 days? I decided not to go the day after. If Obama lost, and someone made a smart remark (as they were known to do) I prolly really would have punched someone. And if he won, I would be intolerable. I’m talking about doing the running man and the electric slide in the break room for no apparent reason. They would have hated me.

                    • Yeah…So

                      Yes, I could… that’s why I didn’t even look up. Couldn’t bare confirming it with mine own eyes… lol @ running man in the breakroom… so, I prolly shouldn’t have done that huh? oops.

            • http://shesoflyy.wordpress.com Muze

              LOL this is so true.

              • coldsweat3

                tragically that serial rapist/murderer in Cleveland was also black, Anthony Sowell.

                http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-11-02/news/17939935_1_anthony-sowell-thomas-stacho-warrant

                • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                  Yes, smh

                • DQ

                  If you don’t count the Atlanta Child Murderer (and I didn’t) then the DC snipers would be the first official mass murderers. Anthony Sowell was insult to injury (though in terms of brutality he really was worse than the DC snipers)

                  • Life of a Lush

                    Yea and in Los Angeles we have the grim sleeper a black man that has been raping and murdering women for 20 years with a 14 year break inbetween.

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grim_Sleeper

                    • DQ

                      Stuff like this is gonna get Black History Month cancelled (and I’m not even joking)

                      *Loud long sigh*

                • Sav

                  There was also another rapist/murderer Joseph Harwell, that lived and killed in the same area as Anthony Sowell. I maintain that Cleveland ninjas are crazy as hell.

                  • coldsweat3

                    LOL dang OH is a whack state. cant wait to move

                  • Slowmotion

                    Whoa, whoa , whoa…… Slow ya roll!

                    I’m Cleveland-born and raised, son. We ain’t crazy, we are just generally unstable and irrational. Simple, right?

            • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

              @DQ,

              Halle’s Berries

              We can’t hold this over white people heads no more. Now we’re crazy too.

              we ’bout to run this.

              have i told you lately that i loved you??

              • DQ

                No you haven’t… and it’s starting to hurt my self-esteem.

                #needsValidation

                Is there such a thing as a Diva Thug?

                • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                  Watch yo self! I tell you I love you er’ day. Don’t get shanked.

                • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

                  i love you, DQ–and all your diva thuggishness.

                  • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                    *soap opera gasp*…Somebody catch me, I’m about to black out! You tryin to get SNATCHED!

                    • DQ

                      I’m saying SFG… yeah you showed up at the combine. You measured my vertical leap. You timed my 40 yd dash. You even hosted a pro-day for me. But you never actually drafted me. Doesn’t that make me a free agent?

                      How come Gem or Tes or LMNOP or Tezzy can’t claim me off waivers? I just want to go to a franchise where I’m wanted and I can help win a championship… that’s all. :)

                • Yeah…So

                  Is there such a thing as a Diva Thug?
                  -Yes. His name is Kanye.

                  • DQ

                    LOL Damn. Ok so what would Young Buck be?

                    • Yeah…So

                      who?… no, he would be “who?”

                  • Gabe O.

                    Antoine Dodson, maybe?

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          i see you’re taking this non-mention of the election personal. a bit nitpicky aren’t we? would it make you feel better if i go back and edit the post and then place it in there? hmm? hmm?

          • http://www.twism.com/drrdb TWIsM81

            Nah, don’t do that. Just know when you leave out the President, the terrorists win. LOL

  • Nicole M.

    I gotta say the creation of the Boondocks tv show. First 2 seasons were epic. I remember fighting over the dvds with friends when they first came out.

    • tezzybaby

      Yes I lovededed that show!!

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

        I’m definitely a fan. Huey is Da Truf.

    • legitimate_soul

      “You gotta pay what you owe!” That Christmas episode was epic.

      • http://shesoflyy.wordpress.com Muze

        yessss! i miss the (good) Boondocks.

    • Sea Jay Bee

      I think that folks somewhere are still trying to comprehend the first episode of Season 3.

    • NinaFontaine

      Yes I still sing “I got that thuggin love” Why I don’t know!

      • Nell

        I still yell, “BOOTY BUTT-CHEEKS!”

    • Deeds

      The whole episode where Gangstalicious was gay just cracked me up. He’s wearing pearls and skirts with the a$$ crack out and just coming up with explanations for it all.

      • Jai-B

        During the Easter Sunday weekend my brother in law who is 32 yearsold told me that his sister’s husband invited him to a sleepover for him and his friends. I looked at him and said “Pause”.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      i’m gonna go ahead and say this, while i love the Boondocks, i wasnt as hype on it after the first few episodes. it didnt pack the punch of the comic strip. i enjoy it nonetheless. when that show was on point, it was the best thang smokin’. no dro. pun. but there were def some episodes that left me like…eh.

      • Kema

        Yes I loved the comic strip… I wasnt so excited about the show. But I will now commit to watching at least the first season.

    • Squeak

      Boondocks put into words what i’d been trying to define as “Nigga Moments.”

      That and A Pimp Named Slickback had me dead.

    • Tx10inch

      Yep, Boondocks was tha ish! Is it still on?

    • http://www.greenafrodiva.com Green Afro Diva

      I didnt care much for season 3 but I loved the fundraiser and the booty warrior episode
      “YOU CAN’T HAVE MY BOOTY!!!!!”

      • chanelle

        Haha! that booty warrior was the best – “I like ya and i want cha, now we can do this the easy way or we can do it the hard way, the choice is urs.” lmao

    • Dimaati

      Return of the King from season 1, when MLK lost it, loved it!!!!

    • WeGottaDoBetter

      Killa Kung Fu Wolf B* tch?? That episode is hilarious to me.

  • naturalista88

    That picture caption had me laughing for about 4 minutes straight, and for that I thank you kind sir *curtsies*.

    • bumilla

      agreed. i feel like clapping my hands with them

      when we gettin’ a VSB sponsored dance party in this mug? yoles will bring the glitter.

      • naturalista88

        *Lmao* @ you joining in on the festivities. They should have one this Friday so we can all hit the Obamie & Electric Slide into the weekend *lol*.

  • P.

    Sidetracking a bit here, but even though he wasn’t as big of a character, Wallace’s death was worse than Stringer’s and Bodie’s.

    • Sea Jay Bee

      Wallace should have stayed his behind in the county but all he knew was Baltimore.

    • resIpsa

      Oh! So true, P.! So true!

      it hurt my heart.

      and then D’angelo: “Ay yo, String! Where’s Wallace???”

      it echoes.
      and he was so good with the lil anklebiters in the neighborhood! yeah i know he shoulda stayed in the boonies, but it still wasn’t easy to see him get murked, esp. cuz he wasn’t really a soldier.

    • V Renee

      I agree! I could never forgive Bodie for killing Wallace.

      • http://www.thelowerfrequency.com TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld

        Wallace was a potential VSB who got caught up. That one hurt my heart man. He pleaded with them dudes, brought up old memories and ish…

        Stringer’s you saw coming from the prior season. It was no way he was getting around that.

        And Bodie, I thought he might make it…

        …it’s all in the game.

        • Caballeroso

          Yeah, Wallace would have grown up to be that corporate thug that the VSS’s seek.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      Wallace’s death was definitely felt on some personal level sh*t.

    • WIP

      I must disagree here. I totally saw Wallace’s death coming and he was stupid for coming back so he deserved it… Now I knew something was going to go down with Bodie, but I didn’t think they were going to kill him. Bodie still had a part to play. I hated that.

    • Squeak

      Wallace had to go. I understood it. He wasn’t made for the game and yet he couldn’t stay away. There were no other options. At some point, he woulda got killed or gotten somebody else killed. I mean, can you imagine Wallace tryna slug it out with Marlo and nem?

      Secondly, I shed a tear when Bodie died. That ish just wasnt right. That ninja Marlo aint got no code, he just be killin ninjas. Ruthless.

      • Ivy St.

        “That ninja Marlo aint got no code,”
        I think that added to the mystery of his character. I found his character to be somewhat intriguing.

        • https://jrsirmans.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/stardust-glitter/ Sagey Bear

          I felt that Marlo had a code that was centered around his perception of self. Whereas, the other gangsters took an approach that allowed for other people to breathe around them. Marlo was basically a young Ghetto Godfather. One of my favorite characters.
          Wallace was me…I mean, I related to that character so hard, and knowing he was marching right back into his death effed me up. But I moved on. Then of course, like many others, I wanted Stringer to go down but I also wanted to see him somehow avoid Omar’s wrath…wasn’t happening.
          Broadie was the homie. He kept things simple and led his life by loyalty as best he could. I was just waiting for it to happen, because it was clear his time was up episodes before he finally got popped.
          But, I also got a bit messed up with Lil’ Mike aka my other namesake from VSB aka Big Paws on a Puppy(given to him by Marlo). Because dude was molested and turned out to be Omar jr ala stick up kid status.
          So many moments.

          • Squeak

            Dog, I could not get with Marlo. It was like, if you have harmony right, and then somebody unleashes a virus that just comes and offsets everything. Marlo was that virus. U had the East and the West. And everything was balanced, but this ninja Marlo was just icin cats for little stuff. To me that aint boss, that’s petty. Like Mike was asking, “Why Marlo worry about what people say if he know it aint true?” Why he killin cats for no reason, bringin bodies out, bringin the cops down when they could just sell and get away with it if aint nobody gettin murked.

            I felt bad for Dukie and Randy too. Season 4 was the best season to me.

            Season Five was wack to me. The whole homeless killer theme just didnt seem very “Wire-ish”. I know they cut the season short, but dag. I like when Slim Charles killed Cheese at the end tho.

            Matter fact, now that i think about it. Champ introduced me to the Wire through his old blog. D.theroyalyoungs. I came in on Season 4. The circle of life.

            • WIP

              I was rooting for Slim for a while. He was kinda $exy with that deep voice and he talked slow. Anyway, I agree. Marlo represented the new school where the rules went out the window. He was the new Stringer, Mike was the new Omar, the other boy was the new Bubs; the cycle continued. I agree, the serial k!ller story was a bore. I wanted the last image of the show to be Bubs sitting down at the table, but it was just a flicker.

              • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmFAMRaNC9I BmoreCreative

                I recently met the dude that played Slim, Anwan Glover on the set of a movie that wrapping up in BMore. Cool ass dude w/ a trademarked voice…

                • WeGottaDoBetter

                  Common’s in that movie too, right?

              • SaneN85

                I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that thought Slim was a little sexy.

                • http://twitter.com/#!/legitimate_soul legitimate_soul

                  Not only you, Sane. Plus, Slim is in a Go-Go band IRL.

            • https://jrsirmans.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/stardust-glitter/ Sagey Bear

              @Squeak, while you are right that Marlo was way to unstable of a character, he represents a wild Alpha male of some animal(idk, say lions or Gorillas) where ruthless and reactive is proactive(you may think I’m reaching but I’m not).
              That power corrupted him absolutely. There is a tiny megalomaniac inside of me that cheered @ every action Marlo took. We’ll call him the devil on my shoulder(DOMS) from here on out.

              • Squeak

                Nah I dont think you’re reaching. Ur exactly right. There was a scene in the Rim Shop where he was talkin to that old dude who gave him advice, and dude was telling him that everybody that wears the crown, ends up dead or in jail. Marlo’s response: “Yeah, but they wore it though.”

                He had no consideration of the consequences of his actions, as long as he got to wear the crown, no matter how little. Thing is, as i said downthread, Marlo would only be a pawn in the game. The real boss was The Greek. When you looked at how Deangelo talked about the chess game, marlo wouldn’t have been the most powerful piece.

                That’s why it didnt make sense for him to smash the Co-op, and cut everyone out. Stringer and Prop Joe had the right idea, let’s band together, and get this money. The only opposition would be the New York cats, other than that, it’s quiet and no need for any Special Crime Units.

                Marlo wanted to be the king, and he got it, for all of a year. Then Freamon and McNulty was hot on that trail. Had he calmed down, he coulda been gettin money as part of the co-op.

                • http://jouromeo.blogspot.com Sagey Bear

                  You right you right….Thats what I liked about him.
                  “Its better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all”

                  I agree with you, if he had played his role instead of wiping the chess board, everybody could have got money but he was selfish.

                  I want to be like him, seeing as I get left out every other way…eff them all.

  • Tasha

    Halle Berry winning an Oscar. I know the role was very questionable, but I was still happy for her.

    • Sea Jay Bee

      “I want ‘cha to make me feel goood, please make me feel goooood”

      I felt the black race do the Kid-N-Play shuffle backwards three steps when I saw that movie.

      • DQ

        Just 3 steps? I felt like we got on the Light Rail and put it in full reverse.

        I even remember thinking… this is what Halle gets an award for? Not for “Losing Isaiah” but getting Doggie Styled by a racist? It was like she won the award for fulfilling old white men’s exotic forbidden fruit fantasies.

        • resIpsa

          and it was just GROSS. Billy Bob Thornton looks like he smells like beer and gas station.

          • Deeds

            beer and gas station….too funny.

          • DQ

            LOL @ beer and gas station.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          but she played the hell out of that role didn’t she?

      • http://www.shardemarie.tumblr.com ShardeMarie

        That was a huge slap in the face.

        • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          Agreed.

        • http://shesoflyy.wordpress.com Muze

          same with Denzel.

          • Sea Jay Bee

            Denzel should have won an Oscar for:

            – Remember the Titans
            – John Q
            – The Great Debaters
            – Malcolm X

            …and the honorable mention is Devil in a Blue Dress just for how he handled Lisa Nicole Carson.

            • coldsweat3

              LOL yah the racism is made even more ridiculous when you think of him winning best supporting actor in Glory….Nothing like seeing a ninja whipped to win the grand prize. He took that whipping like a G though.

              • Sea Jay Bee

                You are right! Glory was his very best performance…that whipping scene almost kicked off the revolution.

                • Squeak

                  I put that on my “Don’t Talk To White People After Watching This” List. Along with:

                  American History X
                  Rosewood
                  Roots
                  Do The Right Thing

                  and Jungle Fever.

                  • Siobhan

                    YES! I’ve got that list too. I would also add:
                    Gone with the Wind
                    The Color Purple
                    Birth of a Nation (though with this one, one viewing was more than enough to last a lifetime)

                    • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

                      Gone With the Wind though? o.O

                    • Yeah…So

                      lol @Tes

            • rox1

              Have to cosign on @Denzel..one of my all time favorite movies…Ok, I de-lurked… can I get my glitter…lol

              • Sea Jay Bee

                BAOW!!!

                **the cannon ball is shot into the air…explodes!… and Lake Minnetonka flavored e-glitter gently rains down on rox1**

                • rox1

                  Now that’s’s what I call some powerful glitter…may have to de-lurk more often…lol

                  • rox1

                    Thank’s and s#@t

              • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

                welcome to the house. wipe your feet on the rug though. we got manners.

                • rox1

                  Cool…thanks …and consider them wiped…lol

              • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

                *throws Welcome and sh*t glitter*

      • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

        I’m sorry but my homegirls and I still say “Make me feel gooooooood” as jokes all the time. That was a classic line. Gotta love that rock bottom gutter lust.

        • http://twitter.com/Phidelity15 Phidelity15

          You are not the only one! Good or bad, that line is necessary in life.

          • DQ

            Necessary in life? Perhaps.
            Necessary to say to Billy Bob? Never. Not even during the Apocalypse.

    • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      Ok, this is mean but when Halle one, I had tears in my eyes BUT I kept thinking “Honey fix your face!” Like can we have a moment to recognize how weirdish Halle’s emotion was? Okay maybe it was just me.

    • miss t-lee

      That ish was terrible. I’m still questioning why she won. Other than the fact that she made us believe s*Xing Billy Bob Thornton wasn’t vomit-inducing.
      Well…okay..maybe I understand a lil’ bit why she won now.

    • http://www.greenafrodiva.com Green Afro Diva

      I think every black dude’s penis went a limp after watching that scene with billy bob thornton

  • naturalista88

    Oh, and I must add the death of Bernie Mac. Hurt my soul something serious when he passed.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

      Me too. Me too. :(

    • legitimate_soul

      I still miss him. Robin Harris too.

      • miss t-lee

        gotta go!!!! gotta go!!!!!
        That one HBO special still kills me. RIP Robin.

      • Tx10inch

        Cosign. ESPECIALLY Robin Harris. He could’ve easily been an all time great. Gone way too soon!

    • Kidsister

      Yes! He was one funny guy!!!

    • Deeds

      BERNIE!! out of all the Kings of Comedy to perish it had to be him.

    • WIP

      Yes, I think Steve Harvey (whoever) said it best- “The world just got a little less funny.” That was truly that man’s calling.

    • miss t-lee

      Indeed. :(

    • Cris Until I Find a Clever Name

      Was torn up by Bernie, then Isaac Hayes the next day made that weekend in August 2008 horrible for Black Folks.

      And forget how NYC felt when Biggie died. HURT is to small a word to describe it

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

    3) Nipplegate

    It’s the point where we realized that it really was us against them. Justin sold out Janet and never looked back. Her career never really recovered and she was forced at gunpoint to do Tyler Perry movies. She participated in one of the most retarded scenes in cinematic history…oh and that scene would be the ENTIRE film Why Did I Get Married Too. Justin went about his business to make more millions and just be white. All over a nipple. Who hasn’t seen one of those. I’m looking at one right now. Damn shame.

    I still haven’t forgiven Justin for this and I never will.

    10) Kanye West says that Bush doesn’t care about Black people

    As unpoignantly poignant as his statement was, it somehow fit exactly what the entire Black community felt. This is also the point where people started believing that Kanye read books and/or was somebody to talk politics with. Boy were those people wrong. Point is, Kanye did Kanye things, and we’ll never forget. Like the Alamo.

    I was already a fan of Ye but THIS is when I officially became a stan.

    That’s ten. What else you got? What are some sort of glossed over landmark moments in the Black community?

    The Last Dragon. Nuff said. Sho.

    • Sea Jay Bee

      “Will you teach me some moves!!!!”
      “Ah ha! Look at that cornball!”
      “Hey man, he ain’t no cornball! he’s my brother….”

      I played that VHS until the label wore off the cassette.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

        “Kiss my Converse!”
        “Bow down to yo master.”
        “Get up, Leroy. I got somethin’ real fo’ yo’ ass in these hands.”

        • Sea Jay Bee

          “Chop Saki-Sai Saki-Su, you sock it to me, I sock it to you!”

          • NinaFontaine

            THIS!

        • WestPointProper

          i got in sooooo much trouble for saying “kiss my converse” once. *sad childlike expression of painful memories*

          OAN: Speaking of Vanity, Prince’s Purple Rain

    • http://www.shardemarie.tumblr.com ShardeMarie

      I don’t know why my mom took off her “super parent” cape and allowed us to watch that movie, but I am so glad she did because my life would not be the same had I not watched that movie more often than the Little Mermaid.

      • Caballeroso

        I guess I should add The Last Dragon to my movies-to-see list.

        • http://www.shardemarie.tumblr.com ShardeMarie

          Please do. You’re not winning if you’ve never seen it. lol

    • Ms. My2Cents

      Am I the meanest? Sho Nuff
      Am I the prettiest? Sho Nuff
      Am I the baddest MoFo low down around this town?

      SHO NUFF!!

      • WIP

        I didn’t know what you all were talking about but now I realize I was persuaded to watch this movie. I still have no idea what it was about…

    • miss t-lee

      I had a friend who’d never seen the “Last Dragon”.
      I looked at her like I’d seen a unicorn.

      • Kema

        Ive never seen the movie… I saw Busta Rhymes video tho… Good enuf? lol!

        • miss t-lee

          No.

  • http://www.shardemarie.tumblr.com ShardeMarie

    The creation of the show 16 and Pregnant. Between that and Britney Spears, poor Black folks are looking a little better every day. The world cannot deny that trailer trash is much scarier than poor ninjas.

    • LMNOP

      LMAO

    • Andi

      Don’t forget Jersey Shore! Po’ white trash is winning like Charlie Sheen, which keeps Black folks winning like Obama’s approval rating.

      • http://www.shardemarie.tumblr.com ShardeMarie

        OMG yes. Anytime I think my life is bad I remember it could be worse, I could have been born Italian (or something like that) in Jersey.

        • coldsweat3

          have they ever shown a sistah on this show?

          • http://www.shardemarie.tumblr.com ShardeMarie

            I don’t think so. I think the two can’t coexist or something. Like if a sistah and Snooki were in the same room at the same time some cosmic event would occur and a puppie would die in Guatemala.

      • Siobhan

        Don’t forget Jersey Shore! Po’ white trash is winning like Charlie Sheen

        I love Jersey for just this reason.

        A (black) friend of mine was having a conversation with an Italian American guy who was upset about the show. “How would you feel if there was a show that only showed your community in a negative light?” He asked.

        My friend responded:
        “There already is. It’s called TV!”

        • http://twitter.com/#!/legitimate_soul legitimate_soul

          Please add Mob Wives to it…..when they said they go to jail to visit and they know everyone! POW! There it is.

    • WIP

      May I add there have been wonderful advances in modular homes.

      • WestPointProper

        THIS!

    • Dimaati

      The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virgina. If you haven’t seen it, see it. Believe me, you’ll never look at White folks the same way again.