Category Archives: Television

Brian J White’s New Show – Men of A Certain Age

I have been seriously struggling with finding interesting writing topics for TZA – then it came to me/like an epiphany.

Brian J White sent me a shout out on TWITTER. Why am I, like,  so excited? LOL.

This past weekend I worked as a production assistant for a music video and now this. Can my life get any better? LOL.

Anywho.

Mr. White is starring in a new TV series, Men of A Certain Age, which premieres next Monday, December 7th on TNT at 9 (Central). The show also stars Ray Ramono and Andre Braugher.

I. WILL. BE. WATCHING.

Loved Brian in Mr. 3000 – his character was kinda mean. He played a bad guy in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself. I am really curious to see his character's persona in Men of A Certain Age.

You know guys, Brian White reminds me of a guy I used to date in college. He was really cute but really down to earth and nice. It is a bit ironic that this guy competed in martial arts tournaments and Brian White starred in Fighting. EERY!!!!!

 BUT- (you know there had to be a BUT in there somewhere!) - I was in love with an idiot.

POURQUOI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????

That, of course is, another post for another day.

P.S. If you are NOT following me on Twitter, you are MISSING A LOT!!!!

http://twitter.com/Talulazoeapple

So, will you watch?

Is RHOA Sheree Whitfield Suffering From Depression?

I always search for the logic in everything? I was a ban in the side of my math teachers in grammar school. I did not want to know just how to find the answer but what was the logic behind the equation. What can I tell you, I went to public school.


Anyhoo, back to the point og the post. I love watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta. These chicas are OTT. . .and I love it.


However, I was really disappointed in their appearance of Ellen. The ladies took what could have been a transformational moment and made complete butts of themselves. . .at least Kim and Sheree did.


A little background, Kim and Sheree had a really public fight in which Sheree tugged on Kim’s wig. I guess this was Kim’s way of getting back at her by telling the world she bounces checks on Ellen.


And Sheree flips the heck out! LOL


I should not laugh but if something is not true, why argue?


I could not help thinking that all of that yelling and cursing Sheree does is a symptom of her very public and humiliating divorce. I mean your famous husband stops paying your mortgage and you get evicted. You are accused of bouncing checks, your clothing line is tanking. I think I would be a tad bit angry too.


So depression, is that logical reason for such raucous behavior.



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The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – A Review

The HBO series, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, is a formidable show based on the ten-book series by British author Alexander McCall Smith. The show stars Jill Scott (singer, actress) as Mma Precious Ramotswe, the pioneering lady detective who seeks to restore order and dignity to those suffering from unsolved mysteries. Anika Noni Rose (of Dream Girls fame) plays her insightful, slightly neurotic secretary, Mme Grace Makutsi.

Aside from the technical aspects of the show, The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a well-written drama that showcases a country in Africa in such honest splendor. The show interweaves themes of tradition and modernity, of poverty and enterprise, of the AIDS tragedy and the beautiful character of the people of Botswana.

I must say that from start to finish of each episode I have seen, I have been impressed. The opening graphics are beautiful. The songs, the music, the panorama of the countryside are so intriguing in their simplicity and earnestness.

Today I canceled my STARZ and all the added channels that never offered anything of substance so that I could afford HBO solely to watch The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Wow, that's a long title to keep typing.

Anywhooo.

Jill Scott is a pleasure to watch. We all know Jill can SANG but this sista can act as well. Her accent and demeanor are so natural. As a Motswana (singular for Batswana, the citizens of Botswana), her character Mme Ramotswe represents a "woman of traditional build". Instead of her weight being an issue of insecurity, it is an endearing quality that gets her plenty of attention from Batswana men.

The N1LDA (I shortened it this time) is a definite must see. I had the opportunity to view an episode at yesterday's BBQ, at which I ate too much. You see, I, too, am a "woman of tradition build". LOL

I have never seen an African country displayed in a movie as a place to live, as opposed to a place to pity or a place to save. On The N1LDA you see real people living real lives with all of its mysteries to solve – in the beautiful country of Botswana.

This is what the author, Alexander McCall Smith, has to say about Botswana:

HBO:The late Anthony Minghella, who directed the pilot, called 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' a quiet poem of Botswana. He discovered a great love for the country and its people. Could you tell us what made Botswana so attractive to you?
 
ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH: People often say, when you visit Botswana that you are likely to be impressed by the spirituality of the place. Not in a religious sense, but just a sense of human spirituality, and spiritual possibilities. And, you can't help but be bowled over by the magnificence of the country, by the sense of being in this great natural theater of light and wonderful expanses of countryside and intense natural beauty. It's very moving. It's overwhelming. I fell in love with it. SOURCE
 
 

And I have fallen in love with The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

The Collage

1. Did any of you see Star Jones on Oprah? Has Star truly been humbled? IDK but she deserves a break. Celebrities have done far worse and have been forgiven.

Listen to her former co-hosts being catty and pretty mean:

2. I am in the midst of two final project, one due Monday the other Tuesday, hence the sparse postings. I will update a few before going on vacay.

3. Do black girls and red lipstick mix? I was over at Lyfe Symplified and she had a wonderful blog post about how wearing red lipstick affected her day.

I have had one experience with red lipstick. My cousin and I were on our way to church. My lips were chapped but the only thing I had in my purse was a red lipstick sample from the Avon my sister was selling. So I used it.

Apparently, my Jezebel makeup was so distracting a few of the older women had to tell me about it after church. Seriously.

I know I am cute but dang. Can red liptsick really cause riots? LOL

I don't know but I may have to try it out again just to see if I still got it.

A Raisin in the Sun – The TV Version

Sean Combs aka P. Diddy won a NAACP Image Award for his role of Walter Lee in the TV production of A Raisin in the Sun and drew some criticism. You know the whole rapper/actor thing. Before we get into that, a little background.

Lorraine Hansberry wrote Raisin in 1959 at time prior to the civil unrest of civil rights marches and Dr. Kings assasination, six years before her own death to cancer.

This story occupies a unique niche in time when African Americans were still trying to pursue the American Dream the old way; working hard and hoping their efforts paid off for them and their children. Civil rights legislation would later ensure that that hard work was met with measurable progress.

The original stage production in New York 1959 showcased Ruby Dee as Ruth Younger and Sidney Poitier as Walter Lee. If I only had a time machine! That would be something to see.

There has been criticism of the 2008 version, much due to Combs being cast as the anxious Walter Lee. Granted, Sean Combs is no Sidney Poitier, but I think he did a good job. My girl, Audra McDonald, played Ruth Younger. She is so my role model. I want to be a classical singer/stage actress too.

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Although some of the material is edited from the original, the TV version does justice to Hansberry's intent. A Raisin in the Sun is timeless saga of the triumphs and struggle of a family trying to advance in tough times.

Speaking of timeless, Phylicia Rashad, love her!

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P.S. I still have the actual written play on my bookshelf.

Why Do Black Girls Go On The Bachelor?

This is a question my brother posed to me a few weeks back. I sat tonight watching Momma's Boys and asked myself the same question.

Momma's Boys is my new reality show addiction. It is a "Bachelor" type show. There are three guys accompanied by their moms who are selecting from a group of women. Each week the crowd is whittled down as girl after girl is eliminated.

I don't understand why the producers cast black girls when the guys and in this case their moms have absolutely no intention of picking a black girl. Of the three guys one in Jewish, the other white and Iraqi and the last one a blond dude. The blond dude doesn't even fake it. He has never chosen one of the black girls. The Iraqi mom said straight out she does not want a black, a Jew, an Asian, a fat girl or anything none white for her son. Strange considering she is from Iraq.

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The son of the Iraqi and the Jewish guy have made out with the black girls but they also send them home. There is one lone hold out, a pick for the Jewish guy.

The moms are the worst. You would think that people would not be that overtly racist but they are and it's scary. These guys are all for fooling around with black girls but they don't take them seriously knowing that their mom/family is against it.

The black girls they eliminated are stunningly beautiful. Of the girls they kept, one is a Playmate of the Year, the others are plain Jane or bleached blond.

BTW, these guys are NOT THE BUSINESS. They should be grateful someone is even looking twice in their direction.

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In this scenario, does reality imitate life or is the drama concocted for ratings?

Tyra Banks On Bleaching

I just finished watching The Tyra Banks Show about bleaching skin amongst African American women. There was a particular woman on the show that daily put chemical bleaching cream on her 3 young sons. By young, I mean like 4, 6, and 8.

It’s one thing to screw up your own body but to subject your children to such madness seems like abuse.

I hate discussions about light skin versus dark skin. I really do. But, if I were to be totally honest, I do notice that certain stars tend to lighten as the years pass.

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I just threw in that last picture of Diana just because it looks CRAZY, not because it’s relevant. lol

I would love to hear your opinions.

What does all of this mean? Heck, I don’t know but we can’t pass this madness onto our children. It divides us as people and it’s just wrong.

Rachel Maddow, Roland Martin, and R. Kelly

Okay. Rachel Maddow has a new show on MSNBC. It’s kinda of boring. Roland Martin had a special this weekend on CNN, entitled 7 Weeks To Go. It was interesting.

News overall sucks.

Incessant hurricane coverage and lipstick on pigs. This is the schizophrenic coverage that is offered on cable news. I am so over it.

Okay, I am just ranting but I really can’t wait for this election to be over. That’s really the only reason I watch this crap.

In other news, truly must see TV, R Kelly gave an interview defending his "friendship" with teenagers.

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshhJl0437j0iVCF3dM9

What Was I Thinking? Beverly Hills, 90210

Do you ever reflect on something in your childhood or teenage years that you thought was all the rage? You then look back as an adult and say to yourself, "Man, what was I thinking?"

No. I am not talking about an old flame. I am talking about a TV show. Yes, a TV show. This fall, on the CW, the new class of Beverly Hills 90210 is set to hit the air. Today, there was a 24 episode marathon on some station, I forget which, of the old 1990’s hit that ran, like, forever.

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I could not sit through an entire episode. Not a single one.

OMG that show was/is SUPER CORNY. The acting, TERRIBLE. To think, I even had a crush on Brandon, girlie hair and all. Ha.

Man, what was I thinking?