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Underrated Moments In Black History: Angela Bassett Slaps A White Woman

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Happy Black History Month everyone! I hope your edges are extra laid and your chicken extra crispy.

More often than not, I find that Black History Month tends to turn into “explain standard historical references to white people who just never bothered to do their googles.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m learning things about Black history regularly – particularly Black American history, as that’s not information I was readily exposed to at home – but after the twentieth year in a row of “didn’t you know that Bayard Rustin was an important activist AND gay?” I think that it’s high time to shake things up. Let’s talk about some pivotal contextual moments that we all know and love – that real shit, shit that make you feel shit – but have probably let collect a little dust in the attic.

Without further ado I present…underrated moments in black history.

My first submission to this series is a scene from the seminal “oh no that nigga did NOT” classic, Waiting to Exhale. Namely, the moment when Bernadine Harris, played by “my triceps will always be fleekier than yours so stop trying” Angela Bassett, slaps the everloving mayonnaise-ridden existence out of that white woman.

It’s a five-second scene in a movie with an over 2 hour runtime, but it manages to pack in so much power. I mean that literally as well – can you imagine getting a hot one to the face from Angela Bassett? That woman eats pushups for breakfast. The left side of ole’ Becky’s face must’ve been redder than a Fuji apple with the force of that backhand.

But beyond the physical impact, that quick scene can run through a whole gamut of reactions through the lens of that incident.

First, you feel bewilderment: Did she just slap that white woman?? She really slapped that white woman! She slapped that white woman and kept on moving!”

After your brain processes that magnitude of what just happened, empathy follows: White women always just butting in when no one asked them too huh. That trifling woman knew she was doing the most but still had to be a nosy ass Nancy. Well girl that’s what ya get. You start meddling outside your lane you might just get slapped into the next time zone. Mmhm

Finally comes the envy: Mannnnn Carol gets on my nerves every damn DAY at the office. What I wouldn’t GIVE to introduce her to my black hand side one time. Just once!

Next thing you know you’re playing a ten second clip over and over and clapping with glee at Bernadine Harris’ fucks to give being more absent than contraceptives at Peter Gunz’ house.

This scene is truly a gem, and I call on it to lift me up and when times are hard and white women are trying it. Whether it is the one who was told by AppleCare, or the one who claims that Oscars are racist against Whites, or any one of the million and on times that so-called feminists pretend that black women don’t exist, I can live vicariously through Bernadine’s rage. Through Bernie, I can respond to the umpteenth passive aggressive email without losing my marble. That slap is the wind beneath my wings, and deserves its due praise in Black History.

Shamira Ibrahim

Shamira is a twentysomething New Yorker who likes all things Dipset. You can join her in waxing poetically about chicken, Cam'ron, and gentrification (gotta have some balance) under the influence of varying amounts of brown liquor at her semi-monthly blog, shamspam.tumblr.com

  • brothaskeeper

    My favorite character…..

    • miss t-lee

      I always thought Savannah must have been really trying to get ahead, because dude wasn’t even a fine big dude.

      • OSHH

        Girl just portly and corny.

        • miss t-lee

          And I like a gentleman of size, but that kat? Oh no, no.

          • OSHH

            Like a Gerald Levert, Cube or Rick Ross type?

            • Quirlygirly

              Yes to GL and Cube no to Rick Ross

              • miss t-lee

                GL was one of my first big dudes crushes, along with Heavy D.

                • Quirlygirly

                  Girrlll I loved some GL! He was S E X Y something.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Yes lawd.

                  • fxd8424

                    Yes, Lawd!

                • Brass Tacks

                  Heavy D was dope

                  The Overweight Lovers in the house

                  *upvote*

                  • OSHH

                    Mr .Big Stuff was the joint in the 6th grade.

                    • Quirlygirly

                      OK Money earning Mount Vernon..lol

                      My two fav songs from Heav D is – 1. Is it Good to You 2. Got Nuttin by Love for You

                    • miss t-lee

                      Girlz they love me, and Somebody for Me are still my jams.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Swagu.

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      The Coca Cola outfits were tight. Coke should have given him stock in the company cause sales in upstate NY were booming on the strength of the Overweight Lover.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Nah, they weren’t.
                      I dug the suits.

              • OSHH

                LOL

            • miss t-lee

              Not Ross, but definitely in line with the other dudes. Think offensive linemen types also.

              • OSHH

                Okay.. My speed more like safeties or wide receivers, maybe some defensive ends I used to like Jevon Kearse back in the day.

                • miss t-lee

                  I can dig it.
                  I’ve dated all over the size spectrum…lol.
                  From dudes with six packs to kegs.

                  • OSHH

                    Me too, Jordan in his prime was my ultimate crush tho!!!

                    • miss t-lee

                      Oh?
                      My cousin also loved MJ. he wasn’t my steez.

                • Brass Tacks

                  DB’s stay winning.

                  *Fist pump*

              • cakes_and_pies

                So do I, but looking at that DJ Khaled .gif, just turned me off. I never want to see a wet loaf of bread in a bag mounting anyone again.

                • miss t-lee

                  Khaled is just all around blegh.

      • Pinks

        A sweaty, jiggly mess, honey.

        • miss t-lee

          So anti-sexy

        • cakes_and_pies

          The Wire saved his a ss cuz I was through with him at that point and I was still a virgin. Just nasty….

          • Quirlygirly

            LOL- he is not a bad looking dude just in Waiting to Exhale–he was sooo ILK!!!!

            • cakes_and_pies

              He wasn’t, but he scared the mess out of me with having a man drip sweat on my face. My teenage libido soured and shut up shop.

          • miss t-lee

            Yeah, his glo up was real.

          • Pinks

            I’ve never seen 30 seconds of the Wire. I feel like I should.

      • brothaskeeper

        Granted, but he was smart, which is why he resonated with me as a fellow meh-on-the-eyes smart person. The fact that Michael (a great name) was able to pull a different woman who rivaled Savannah in pulchritude is proof positive that, in many cases, intelligence trumps beauty.

        • miss t-lee

          Yeah, no.

          • brothaskeeper

            You’ve never been enamored by a Neil DeGrasse Tyson mind in a Lavelle Crawford body?

            • miss t-lee

              NDT is actually one of my old man crushes so he’s good money as is.

              • Lea Thrace

                I got to hug that man 2 years ago. It is in my top three best life moments. (1. Is Hugging The Rock and 2. is Hugging Stone Cold Steve Austin).

                NDT’s wife is frickin lucky she snapped him up and that I respect marriage vows.

                • miss t-lee

                  I’m so jealous of you right now, on all three.
                  Closest I ever got to Dwayne was 10th row when we won tickets to see RAW back in 99.

                  You ever see the younger pics of NDT too? Whew.

                  • Lea Thrace

                    Girl. I saw one of him back when he wrestled (high school or college I think). Listen. I may have had to take a personal moment after that!

                    • miss t-lee

                      Oh man.

                • Cleojonz

                  I’m totally jealous of you on all 3 fronts.

                  I saw Stone Cold up close years ago before he was really big. He walked right by me, practically brushed up against me and the person I was with I had to turn to and ask if he was someone. Even though he wasn’t that famous yet to people who didn’t know wrestling he just looked like he should be famous. Such a presence.

                  And the Rock? Phew! He’s my hall pass. Hubby knows all bets are off if EVER there were an opportunity lol.

              • Jennifer

                Girl! Did you see him on Larry Wilmore last week? When NDT pulled off that blazer sporting that black tee and those elder statesmen muscles dissing B.o.B with science?!?! Lawd! If he were just 10 years younger…

                • miss t-lee

                  I sho nuff did. :)
                  Girl…NDT had me watching NOVA knowing I ain’t care much about science…lol

                  • Jennifer

                    Yes! I listen to his Star Talk podcast for my regular dose of that smooth condescending baritone. lol

                    • miss t-lee

                      Oooh, I gotta check that out.

            • Quirlygirly

              LOL!! Could you pick a different body example. The mind part is fine

              • brothaskeeper

                But that’s what I’m saying, QG. Using an example like Tank or Idris would be the low-hanging fruit. Of COURSE you’d choose him if he looked like them. Sometimes our conventions are challenged, and we have to decide at that point how much of ourselves are we willing to compromise. In Savannah’s case, a little sweat in her eye and dress socks during secks phased her none, but she had an agenda, which is besides the point.

                • Quirlygirly

                  No, I mean pick another big dude- I was thinking along the lines of Reuben Studdard. I have dated bigger men however I have to find something attractive about them in addition to their mind. ie maybe he dresses well, nice singing voice, great eyes, lips hayle I will even take ears but it has to be something else.

                  • brothaskeeper

                    Ah. *revises* Well, I’m not really an aficionado of fine men, but I get. Let’s go with the late and great Gerald Levert. Better?

                    • Quirlygirly

                      Much better, in fact you have went from “nothing and turned it in to something”

                      I was brokenhearted when he died.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Also. :(

                  • Snickering @ ears!

                  • miss t-lee

                    All of this.

            • Ess Tee

              But not a Lavelle Crawford body, tho?!

              • cakes_and_pies

                Y’all are slaying me today, I can’t deal!!!!!

        • PDL – Cape Girl

          If a dude can’t pull, then money is the next tool. Let’s tell it like it really is

          • miss t-lee

            Exactly.

      • Hellooooitsnotme

        Savannah was Whitney’s character, Robin was Lela Rochon’s who suffered through the big guy.

        • Ess Tee

          And Leon.

          Man, she went through it.

    • Ess Tee

      No.

    • PDL – Cape Girl

      He was disgusting in that movie….just yuck!

      • OSHH

        Very that scene disgusts me and then he tried to play her LOL

        • miss t-lee

          Message.

        • PDL – Cape Girl

          Exactly….Idda got him back for being disgusting…LOL

        • Major ???

          • miss t-lee

            MAJOR.

    • Quirlygirly

      This is really an awful gif

      • brothaskeeper

        You’re welcome.

    • cakes_and_pies

      Boy, bye…

      • PDL – Cape Girl

        Toooo cute, and fitting….hahahaha

      • Quirlygirly

        BWHAHAHAHA- that is awesome!!

        • cakes_and_pies

          The level of disgust can’t articulate this photo.

      • Cleojonz

        Best.face.Ever!

      • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

        +1

      • Awww damn….hilarious.
        I just laughed out loud on the train.

    • miss t-lee

      Yeah…

    • I mean she was looking good as all get out and it had probably been a while. I don’t approve of using other people’s tooth brush, though.

      • brothaskeeper

        True. En mi casa, that’ll earn you an early dismissal.

    • YeaSoh

      Just wanted to register my DOWN VOTE

      • brothaskeeper

        Well just damn….lol

  • cakes_and_pies

    This is why I love being Black. We can talk in the open about Blackness and others will have no clue what we’re saying. Not nary a White person can understand this post. It’s just US laughing loudly and and without a care in the world.

    • nillalatte

      “Not nary a White person can understand this post.”

    • Grant Mickelson

      [LAUGHS IN WHITE OVERLORD]

  • JennyJazzhands

    I’ve only slapped white women’s hands when they reach for my hair unexpectedly. It’s a reflex though. I don’t try to touch your limp situation so keep your hands out my curls, especially when it took me a long time to get them perfect.

    • Robbinesque

      Yep. Gotta teach ’em.

    • ChokeOnThisTea

      “Limp situation.” Ha! Just added that to my vocab.

      • Charles Johnson

        “limp situation” – i love it!

    • Mary Burrell

      I wish someone would invent a device for black women could put in their hair to shock the ish out of white women they want to touch your hair.

      • JennyJazzhands

        I’d buy it.

        • Grant Mickelson

          How many people are trying to touch your hair? I’ve dated a couple black girls, and upon first meeting them I’ve never had an inexplicable desire to just touch their head.
          That’s fuckin weird man.

          • JennyJazzhands

            Lots. In my experience with white people, particularly women, they don’t really have personal boundaries. They talk to close, touch too much and generally don’t seem to understand personal space.
            10 times out of 10 when a stranger has touched me, outside of a greeting handshake or hug, it has been a white person.

  • Robbinesque

    WARNING – This article contains a month’s worth of life. Inhale sparingly or you might fall out *DEAD*. (Too late…)

  • Robbinesque

    Next on “Underrated Moments in Black History”…https://youtu.be/4b675xQ1X20

    • brothaskeeper

      The Terrible Awful….

      • Conrad Bess

        That needs to be on a shirt.

    • This is why I’m nice to all waiters, waitresses and bartenders.

      • Exactly!

      • miss t-lee

        I worked in a restaurant back in HS. I’ve seen things.
        Never understood folks acting crazy with folks handling your food.

        • PDL – Cape Girl

          My sister taught me this early on.

        • cakes_and_pies

          I was having a group dinner when someone I didn’t know cut a fool. Ten minutes later she left because she was scared someone would spit in her food.

          • miss t-lee

            I would’ve left on GP. I wouldn’t want to catch her stray food f*ckery.

    • PDL – Cape Girl

      Noooo, not watching this. Lol

  • De_Ann

    Can we talk about that scene in “Claudine” when Diahann Carroll beats the living crap out of her daughter when she finds out she’s pregnant? One of the realest scenes on television. Skip to 1:15:05 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PNqFRJOf6g

    • PDL – Cape Girl

      Chiiille, that was the blackest thing ever back in their day. That would have brought about all sort of charges.

      • Charles Johnson

        Oh the good ole days, when you could get beat like that. And as long as no physical scars were showing…

        • PDL – Cape Girl

          For real. Nobody thought twice about abuse or calling the po po. You learned your lesson.

    • Quirlygirly

      Claudine is one of my favorite movies and that soundtrack is a bad mutha-shutyomouth

  • RewindingtonMaximus

    I actually thought the biggest moment of the movie was Savannah told her mom if she like Kenneth so much, she could fuck him.

    That’s a different kind of slap but quite effective.

  • God BLESS black hands that knock out white folks!! Praise him!

    • fxd8424

      LOL!!

    • Chazz A

      Word!

    • PDL – Cape Girl

      This made me chuckle.

    • 909girl601world

      I just hollered – for real – in this office!

  • Chazz A

    My favorite underrated moment of all time, no doubt!

  • Skegeeaces

    Wasn’t she the white woman he was leaving her for? She should have gotten double slapped.

    • YeaSoh

      This is true and a good point because even if she wasn’t white she should have gotten the snot slapped out of her… Hmmmm I’ll look up a white girl slap to sub in

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