BET Awards – Thoughts From A Woman of a Particular Age

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I have come to accept that I am too old to watch the BET Awards.  I caught the opening act (Bruno Mars) and was looking forward to seeing all of the artists honored.  And then M.C. Lyte (who’s blood she drinking cuz that thane don’t NEVA age) went through the list of performers/artists and I felt like Mariah Carey. You know when she smiles and says “I don’t know her”.  Or even that lil white lady that got Oprah (Sophia) in The Color Purple when she said “I don’t know her either”.  That should have been my cue to turn but I didn’t.  Because I saw El Debarge and New Edition (being honored with a lifetime achievement award).  I was also there for Mary J Blige’s performance (because I knew she was gonna give the audience that work behind that light-eyed man taking a right smart of her mutual funds and 401Ks in that divorce) and Xscape’s reunion.  That was about it on who I knew and cared about.

Instead of following my first mind, I watched the show.  Right away with Migos (Migas?) I knew there would be problems.  Something about cooking up greens and thot thot thots in a crockpot.  Yea I don’t understand.  And don’t want to.  And then I saw Trey Songz and at least recognized him but he sounded slightly better than awful singing in the key of Z (as my friend Sonja, who’s a singer, said).  And then I realized BET doesn’t spend any money on staging because the stage pretty much stayed the same the whole night.  The dancer with Trey at one point was laying down on a bare arse scratched up floor.

I love Leslie Jones on SNL, but I couldn’t get into her as the host.  I don’t know what it was.  All that screaming made my nerves bad, but maybe it was good for other people.  Again, I’m old, so maybe I just didn’t get her and all the references to weed.  It was the BET awards, but do we have to act out every stereotype?

Xscape was good (and looked good) even as Kandi (love her) had some rough spots.  Real rough spots.  I thought Tamar was EXCELLENT even if she did look like Storm in 12 lbs of hair.  And then they said she was lip syncing.  I’m not mad at it – some of the other people clearly should have done that.  Mary J Blige looked great – didn’t sound all that great but maybe it’s BET’s janky arse mics and sound system.  They probably ain’t spending on the best quality in that area either.

El Debarge was smooth paying tribute to George Michael.  Careless Whispers is still that jam.  I cried a many night with a broken heart to that song.  His suit was REALLY shiny though and he clearly couldn’t decide how to wear his hair – it looked like it was surprised they were both performing.

Have to say I LOVED the New Edition tribute from the actors that played them in the BET movie (both generations).  And of course, they came out and performed which was the highlight of my night.  They all performed together and it was amazing.  I’m getting ready to watch it again right now.  And y’all know Bobby was extra – he had a WHOLE white cat on his damn shoulder (he might have taken some of Whitney’s furs before he got put out but I can’t be sure).

Remy Ma won the award for best female hip hop artist (over Nicki Minaj, Cardi B (huh) and Missy Elliott (she got something out?) and used her speech time to shade Nicki Minaj yet again like she hadn’t already bodied her in Shether.  Of course, I ran to Twitter and Instagram because I am here for the beef.

My final thoughts are that I should have watched the show in the beginning and the end and skipped most of what came in between.  That show lasted every bit of 6 hours (it was daylight out when it started and midnight when it ended) and that’s time in my life I can never get back.  When you are a woman of a particular age, you can’t be wasting time.  I don’t know how much time I got left and I definitely don’t want to spend it with people sangin’  or rappin’ bout stuff I don’t understand if I can even figure out what they are saying half of the time.  I still don’t know why they were sangin’ bout a girl being bad and bougie cuz she got a gun and a crockpot…..

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Power – Where Have I Been?

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First of all, let me apologize for the neglect of this blog.  I have a full-time job, a business on the side (with another one starting soon) and I’ve been writing.  I also got published (Chicken Soup For The Soul) and am contemplating my next move from that standpoint.  I’ve also been trying to keep up with FB (two accounts), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.  I believe the creators of all these social media forums do NOT want me to be great.  I fell off on Scandal recaps because this season was soooo good!  I would wake up spent and devoid of emotions because that series would drain me of everything I had to give.  Now I’m hooked on Power.

And I wanna tell y’all that this show has captivated me since I watched the very first episode a few weeks ago.  So much so that I caught up on all 3 seasons in about 4 days.  I couldn’t wait for the premiere.  How would Ghost act in them people’s prison?  Would Tasha put money on his books since he spent the last three seasons laying up under (and on top of) Angela?  Would Sandoval’s stone-faced arse move to Mexico, knowing that he killed Greg Knox?  And why we so mad about Knox being dead anyway, since he was annoying af (as the youngsters would say)?

Though I didn’t want Tommy to necessarily kill Angela in the beginning (this was around the time when she too was slightly less annoying), when she put Ghost in them handcuffs and escorted him up outta his own club, I was really wishing Tommy had cancelled her Fourth of July, Columbus Day, and Christmas.  Then we wouldn’t even be in this predicament.  If you are not watching Power, you are missing OUT!  I’m just mad all of my almost 3,000 FB friends ain’t told me NOTHING!  You gotta respect 50 Cent’s hustle, even when you mad at how he talks up under Vivica Fox’s clothes from time to time and degrades her.  When you got millions of foke waiting up at night for that new episode to hit at 12:01 on the Starz app like they fiends, you know you got a real hit on your hands.

The premiere didn’t disappoint.  Ghost was still locked up and they won’t let him out.  The wife he disappointed, lied to and cheated on was trying to scrape up money for his bail and went to visit him in prison even AFTER finding the beautiful diamond necklace he bought another woman in her home AFTER she found out he cleaned out all the bank accounts.  She’s a good one because I wouldn’t have taken his calls and damn sho’ wouldna drove down to that jail to visit.  But I’m petty like that.

Angela is STILL convinced that Ghost killed Greg Knox even as she hunched the both of them last season.  Ghost (after having killed enough people to populate Rhode Island – remember that episode when he killed EVERYBODY but Tommy and Luis?) touched the damn window at Greg’s apartment without wearing gloves.  Juicy had him crazy.  Sandoval almost peed on himself in excitement when he got the call Ghost went down for Greg’s murder and I’m sure saved that gun to plant it on Ghost somehow (but how is he going to get Ghost’s prints on it?).  Keisha is alive (I knew it) and is primed to dry grind with Tommy (I see it coming – Sean dead and Holly dead – they both lonely and alone).

Tommy thinks Kanan is gone not realizing that he been raised from the dead outta that fire and goes by the name of Slim (what kinda fake name is that?  Kanan ain’t even “slim”?).  When Tommy said he was dead, the entire audience made a face like “naw he ain’t”.  Tariq is at least home safe and sound but still looking for a father figure in Slim (Kanan).  And Dre is getting ready to celebrate his last Fourth of July because when Tommy finds out that he been playing both sides AND ain’t told him about Kanan, he gon’ get all of his remaining holidays cancelled.

Can’t wait until the next episode.  I see right now Power gon’ mess with my walk with the Lord releasing them episodes at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday night knowing I need to be in church.

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Scandal Recap – The Huck You Mean????!

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Chile…I’m still sitting here in utter shock.  I’m talmbout (in the words of Big Mama) I ain’t NO MO’ GOOD!  I can’t even move and Scandal been off for damn near an hour.  Shonda Rhimes done left me without lashes, edges, eyebrows AND underarm hair.  I’m really just sitting here, hairless and paralyzed.  I wanna go somewhere can’t.  Wanna sang and it’s been beat out me by this latest episode.  SPOILER COMING UP (if you haven’t seen it yet stopped reading….)  Well at some point when I get my mind back right.

Tonight’s episode was all about Liv getting Huck to kill her father.  For the second time.  Or has it been like 5 times, cuz I swear that girl want her daddy dead EVERY episode.  And unlike most foke that want they daddy to hit hard times, Rowan took care of Liv, cuz we know Mama Pope was out there in them streets, playing dead and running schemes..and then later, rotting in prison where she is now.

Huck went to do the deed and found Rowan at the train station.  Chile Rowan don’t even look like he take the train.  Of course, Daddy Pope ain’t no amateur, so he caught Huck trying to off him and talked him out of it.  Y’all know Daddy Pope can talk women out they draws..them dinosaurs out they bones…and foke outta killing him when it’s obvious his arse should die.  He told Huck there were people controlling him and they were out to kill Liv.  Also told Huck there was a traitor among the Gladiators.  Somebody close to Liv that was a turncoat.

Of course, Huck thought it might be Quinn or Charlie so he had them both bugged.  Then he showed up to kill Quinn cuz he thought it was her, but she was working with Jake and Jennifer (the girl who we thought had died in the explosion but really didn’t).  They both drew guns on each other, but Jake was able to get them both to calm down.  Huck then went to prison to see his ex-girlfriend Becky (without the good hair) to ask how she was able to find his blind spot.  She showed him better than she could tell him by giving him a sob story .  He then started suspecting his new lady friend (Jennifer’s “friend”, Meg).  He slept with her and took special interest in how she was asking about Liv and wanting to meet with her.  Alone.  Quinn suspected Meg too because of her mushroom bowl hair cut. I suspected her arse  too cuz what do we really know about her?  She just popped up on the scene and in Huck’s bed with no real explanation. All too conveniently. Huck saw her talking with the same lady that’s controlling Rowan and made plans to kill her.

Of course, he got his tool box of torture together and when Meg showed up at his place, he let her know she was bout to get that lethal injection.  Somehow, she talked his arse outta killing her because she said she loved him, she had no idea what he was talking about and she wasn’t working for anybody.  Huck let her arse go when he should have at least extracted a tooth or something.

Liv, Quinn and Jake held an intervention with Huck in the parking lot where they just happened to have Sandra’s body (yes, that Sandra – Rowan’s lil lady friend  – the one he shot in the head last episode – po’ thane didn’t even get a proper fun’ral/burial).  Her body had really decomposed in a week’s time but I digress.  Huck still wasn’t buying it (he believed Rowan) but agreed to dispose of the body.  I don’t know what made him pull a chip outta Sandra’s body but he did and was able to see her last days/minutes.  He showed it to Liv who figured out her daddy was telling the truth and trying to protect her.  She called off the hit she had called against him (Quinn was gonna do it).

She then went with Huck to his lady friend’s (Meg) house to try to get her to take him back.  Huck told Meg her friend was alive and he would take her to Jennifer.  (Huck had also told Abby that Jennifer was actually alive because he wanted her help with visiting his ex-g/f in prison).  As Huck and Meg walked through the door, Jennifer was excited to see her bestie (Meg).  She started walking toward Meg and just then, was shot the hayle up.  Chile….I clutched my chest.  Meg shot her damn friend.  And then she turned the gun on Huck who had this look on his face like ‘The HUCK YOU MEAN you bout to kill me?’ She pulled the trigger once..and then two or three more times like when Ricky got shot in Boyz in the Hood.  In the next scene, Meg is meeting with Abby letting her know that Jennifer is now REALLY dead and no one will know she (Abby) had any involvement.  Yes, ABBY’s ARSE IS THE MOLE!

I want to fight Abby so damn bad!  And go to that Scandal set and turn over every desk Shonda Rhimes works from.  Even though Jake done had bout 9 lives, I truly think tonight’s episode was it for Huck.  I’m calling off work tomorrow because I am bereaved.  I also need to pick out a proper outfit for his fun’ral next week where I will be sangin’ The Upper Room like Eddie Murphy in that Life movie.  Damn you Shonda!  You had no right.  NO RIGHT!!!!!

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Scandal Recap – Find What You Love & Kill It

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Let me just say that after tonight’s episode, I took off my wig and just threw it on the floor.  Bay Bay, Shonda Rhimes pretty much snatched my wig off my head and flung it around before throwin’ it out in a river somewhere never to be found.  So let’s not prolong this discussion since I just got back from Spring Break and I need another vacation to get over that vacation.

Tonight was a combination of things – the softer side of Poppa Pope and scenes from election night when Frankie Vargas met an untimely death at the hands of an assassin.  I know what you are saying – Poppa Pope ain’t got no damn softer side.  Apparently before he got sprung off Momma Pope, Eli had a thang for another lady.  Sandra.  They met in graduate school over their mutual love for dinosaur bones.  I feel a ‘dem bones, dem bones, dem DRY bones’ song coming on but I digress.  Sandra (played deliciously by Tonya Pinkins of The Young and Restless fame) showed up in town to do a seminar and invited her ex-boyfriend (Eli) to come.  They got all cozy and Sandra invited him to work with her on some huge Tyrannosaurus Rex project being financed by some big investor.  Really didn’t give Eli much info, but because he got a fake job anyway at them people’s Smithsonian as a curator…he agreed to yet another fake arse job.  Because who offers you a paying position with NO details and you are in, just like that?  And we know Poppa Pope usually doesn’t allow foke in without due diligence and unless some killing or the potential is present.

At the new job, Eli figures out the place is wired with cameras and bugs and his lady friend is in on it.  She lures him back to the place after hours and he brings along wine and Marvin Gaye and starts to kiss and dry grind with her….he pulls her into a closet where I just know he bout to get REALLY busy at work for a change, and puts a gun to that lady’s head.  Now I don’t know what kinda foreplay Eli was doin’ or if he just been out the game that long, but hell naw!  You s’posed to murder the cooch (sorry but I had to go here) not murder your lady friend.  He figured out ol’ girl was working with some foke who wanted HIM and luckily spared her life.  I guess he has a heart after all.

Eli ends up doing the nasty with Sandra (yes, she climbed into bed nekkid with that man AFTER he put a damn gun to her temple and damn near grazed it) but puts her out before morning and before she has eggs.  But at least he was smiling while he was eating his eggs.  He had called the people she was working for (the mob) out and finally met the three of them, which ended up being two when one of them turned on the other to get Eli’s attention.  They let Eli know that he needs to make sure Mellie wins the election (remember this is the flashback to the election) and they will let Sandra live.  Eli tries sending her to Zanzibar but you know Black women ain’t hardly gonna go to another continent after a man done got that familiar with her…plus she had had one hell of a dry spell to even do that with Eli after that whole gun to the head thing.  Sheeit..we don’t be wanting to go home after sex – we damn sure ain’t changin’ countries.  Plus how we gon’ go through your phone way over there?  I’m sure she left a toothbrush or a pair of pannies in his bathroom or something.

Eli tries to rig the voting machines but Liv has handled that so he can’t.  Then he tries to lie about it and realizes the mob foke got Sandra.  They tell him if he kills Frankie Vargas they will let Sandra go/live.  Sandra must got that good/good because Eli sets everything up and SHOOTS Frankie himself.  That’s right – Eli went up under the stage and shot that man damn near in his nuts and berries..and then when Frankie looked at him through the stage, he blew his head right off.  He then set up Cyrus to take the fall at the request of the mob.  That’s right – Cyrus is still innocent but still sitting up in them people’s prison til he done nearbout rot to death like Sophia from the Color Purple after the white folks got her.

The deed done…Eli told the mob foke to let Sandra go.  They appear to agree but then realize they want to control Eli so maybe they shouldn’t let her go and they should kill her instead because she is his weakness.  Eli goes into a slave-like tirade complete with “massas” and “boss” this and that…and then turns around and shoots Sandra twixt the eyes like he didn’t just know her carnally the night before. Yes Ma’am – he shot that lady in COLD BLOOD and didn’t even flinch.  And then he told them mob people “I don’t have a weakness”.  And that’s when they threatened to put one twixt the eyes of his precious daughter, Liv.  CHILE.  Y’all know I love The Color Purple..and it was just like when Miss Millie asked Sophia if she wanted to work for her, be her maid..and she said hell naw..ended up punchin’ a man, getting knocked out with a pistol handle, spending time in jail only to get out and have to work for Miss Millie anyway.  That’s why I  love but really can’t stand Shonda Rhimes.  Every damn time a Black man try to get some on Scandal, the woman dies or he dies….  Follow me on Twitter @soshaydee

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Scandal Recap – Command Is Actually Taking Commands..and From a Woman!

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I almost titled this recap “Jake Be Killing EVERYBODY” but since we sorta already know he has murderous tendencies, I thought I would go with the REAL shocker of the night (spoiler coming so if you haven’t seen it, stop reading here) – Daddy Pope got a BOSS, Chile!  And this on the heels of “International Women’s Day” and “Day Without A Woman”.  I bet he wanted to opt for the latter after that mystery lady hemmed him up.  But before we get into that, let’s talk about what happened before. I’ll try to make it short and sweet because this almost sleep apnea I got won’t let me be great for long.

It started off with Sally Langston and that bootleg talk show she got.  I swear she will never EVER be prosecuted for killing her husband with a letter opener.  Or was it a steak knife or scissors? I forget.  She was calling Cyrus a murderer…ain’t that the pot?  Anyway, we got to see a little bit more of Jake’s relationship with his wife, Vanessa.  She was all about power and dry grindin’ with Jake, until she realized Jake was holding something back from her.  She thought for sure it was Liv, so she confronted Miss Pope.

I guess Vanessa must have thought she was confronting Becky with the Good Hair and not Livvie with the natural hair that is flat ironed because she CAME for Liv (pretty much called her a tramp, a mistress AND a thot) before Liv backed her into a wall (lit’rally AND fig’ratively).  She told Vanessa not to come for her unless she sends an Uber for her.  Vanessa was all over the place after and had got caught out there bad in them streets drunk with some lil young side dude.  Luckily Quinn nem found her before the media did because Jake is still trying to be Vice President now that Mellie has a good chance at being POTUS.  And a VP’s wife can’t be out there canoodlin’ and cavortin’ with some strange dude that works as a waiter at Chili’s.

After some digging, Liv, Quinn, and Huck found out that Jake was behind that house being blown up with  the campaign worker in it.  After he lost the election, he left to go get some fresh air or something.  Daddy Pope rolled up on him and gave him orders to kill the girl.  Cuz you know Daddy Pope is ALWAYS behind some treachery and several felonies.  Liv was trying to uncover more dirt while Vanessa (who Mellie had gotten all the way together with her pep talk on how to be a Vice President’s wife) and Jake were being interviewed by Sally Langston.  Jake figured it out of course and gave Liv a piece of paper that left her speechless.  In the next scene, we saw her bustin’ up in the Smithsonian where her daddy is still holding on to that fake arse job he got as a curator.  I swear Smithsonian just wasting money with him on the payroll.  He has the same bones in there every episode and they ain’t neva put together.  But I digress.

The piece of paper showed that money had been wired to Tom Larson’s account from Liv’s bank account, basically implicating her in the framing of Cyrus for Frankie Vargas’ murder.  Now Daddy Pope does  a LOT of dirt, but he genuinely looked SHOOK after Liv’s revelation/accusation/allegation.  That’s when he went to HIS boss’s office.  That’s right…Rowan got a BOSS.  A girl Boss.  He wanted to know why Liv was tied to what happened with the whole bank account paper trail.  Mystery woman told him she is the one who asks the questions and she needed insurance to ensure that Liv didn’t get try to get Cyrus out of prison.  Because if Liv does that, Liv is going down for playing a part in Vargas’ murder.  And Liv is too cute to be in prison with half her head braided & fightin’ for her cornbread.  That mystery lady went on to tell him that EVERY breath Liv takes is a gift from on high and she could easily get rid of her….and Daddy Pope too.  That it ain’t nothin’ to cut a beetch off.  Daddy Pope shut right up and went back to that museum so he could fake work on them dinosaur bones.

In the next scene, Jake finds Liv in a parking lot and makes her get in the car with him.  He tells her to be quiet when she tries to tell him she didn’t pay Tom Larson.  He takes her cellphone and discards it….and drives her out in the dark to a wooded area.  Chile, I just knew he was gon’ kill Liv cuz Jake be killing EVERYBODY.  And he had that look of killing all about his face and countenance.  Even Liv was looking nervous.  She didn’t want to get out of the car but he reminded her she lost control of the situation when she got in the car with him.  Bay Bay…my heart dropped because I knew KellyAnne Conway (my name for the mystery woman) had ordered a hit.  I started to breathe again when he made Liv go into a house in the woods where she found the campaign worker she thought had been blown up, alive and well…… And then I picked up my edges and stuck them back to the sides of my head.

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Scandal Recap – Cyrus Beene, Man or Monster?

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I know I been slacking.  So much has been going on and everything is so crazy with this political climate.  I swear them people’s White House is in total disarray since Trump got in office.  But this blog is about another White House.  The one in Scandal-land.  Bay Bay…Scandal did THAT tonight!  I’m talmbout if they don’t load up a car trunk full of Emmys and Hoody Awards and just park the car in front of Jeff Perry’s house, I know something!

Jeff Perry is the actor that portrays Cyrus Beene.  I’m a bit behind on this blog (two episodes) so I’ll try to bring you up to speed quickly.  Cyrus was on the ticket for VP with Frankie Vargas running for President.  Just like in real life, they thought Mellie was a shoe-in but she lost to Frankie.  And then Frankie was gunned down at his post-election celebration.  Cyrus was blessed by Fitz as the next President, and not Mellie even though the electoral college still has to vote.  Liv thought Cyrus did it….sheeit I did too..but he was acting so torn up over Frankie dying in that hospital she thought she was wrong.  She had her OPA team do some digging..they discovered what they thought was a motive for Cy having Frankie killed.  Tom (Cy’s sometimes boo thang and side chick) offered to kill Frankie for Cy but Cy told him not to do it.  Tom confessed that he had killed Frankie and Cy told him to do it.  The FBI and David Rosen showed up at Cy’s house and took him into custody.

In tonight’s episode, Scandal went all Cy is the New Black because we saw Cy dealing with prison life.  He wasn’t in the joint a good five minutes before he had been spit on by a Latino guard (obvious Frankie supporter).  Nasty spit.  They put him in solitary confinement but y’all know Cy..he figga’d out how to get a pen and paper and wrote a letter to Tom which was intercepted by Cy’s husband.  Lizzie North was s’posed to get it to Tom but y’all know she don’t neva remember what she is supposed to do.  Cy’s husband told him he was divorcing him and stormed out.  Then Cy found out the death penalty was on the table for his trial.  The cannibalistic murderer across the way told Cy he would need a belt to gon’ and kill himself.

The guard (who Cy had helped get out of drug trafficking inside the prison) told Cy he could take him outside on the yard for a few minutes since it was night time, and because Cy was sooo down..he took him up on the offer.  And then the guard walked back in and left Cyrus outside..to an angry mob of Frankie Vargas supporters.  Bay Bay…they beat, stomped and kicked the sheeit outta Cyrus.  Closed his eye like Miss Sophia in The Color Purple.  While he was unconscious, he dreamed that he woke up in a hospital bed…Liv and his husband were there telling him he was exonerated (Tom recanted) and he was going to be President.  Then we saw him installed with Mellie as his VP.  Then he was in the Oval Office but it was full of Mellie’s photos…she then asked him to leave because he was bleeding all over the Presidential seal/carpet.  He woke up on the ground, still beat up.

Cy called Liv and begged for her help..telling her he didn’t do that.  He was a monster but not that kind of monster.  She told him to be a man…pay his debt…and be someone he could be proud of and not to call her again.  Cy asked for that belt…and I don’t know how he got it to that needing a kill arse cannibal but he did..who used it to damn near put that guard to sleep.  They got the guard to take them to Tom’s cell…where the cannibal put it around Tom’s neck.  Lawd Tom’s feet were hanging mid-air but he had just enough oxygen to tell Cy he (Tom) didn’t kill Frankie…that Cy really was innocent and he only lied to see Cy suffer.  Tom was spared.  The guard wasn’t so lucky.  He got his wig split.  Lit’rally.  The other guards rushed in..and Cy was smiling because Tom said he was innocent.

At almost the same time, Liv and her team found out that Tom couldn’t have killed Frankie because he was getting ChickFilA at the time in a drive through 200 miles away.  So if Tom was innocent..that meant that Cy was innocent.  Chile.  Shonda snatched my edges and most of my scalp tonight!  The soundtrack was everything..the writing superb..the acting ESPECIALLY by Jeff Perry was AMAZING.  But now, we gotta wait until March to see what happens.  Oh…and Fitz was all in bed with the FBI Director (Olivia Lite) and Mellie cain’t twerk for sheeit.  Don’t ask.

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The New Edition Story – Part I Review

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I have been waiting on this movie since it was announced back in the summer and was happy that it came on at 8 p.m. EST because of course, my kid had some type of practice.  Basketball to be exact…and she was having a hard time controlling her emotions.  She missed a shot and the whole team had to run (last week, she made them all) and visibly upset, she barely ran.  She had to run again and just lost it.  The coach took her to the side at the end and said she was a good ball player but she has to understand that you are going to miss shots in your career.  You can’t let that affect you…can’t let it get in your head.  Meanwhile, I’m looking at this Rudy moment while also looking at my watch because I need to get in place with my snacks and my libations and stretch my Twitter fingers for live tweeting for The New Edition Story.  Then, her daddy made her run two more laps.  I barely made it home.  I’m assuming McKenzie ate dinner and took a bath.  But I digress.

I didn’t have super high expectations for the movie because it IS BET.  I expected it to be maybe a step above the biopics Lifetime does and was just gonna be happy if the actual members, present day, weren’t in the movie, showing up in scenes, narrating.  Luckily, BET went with the voice-overs and got casting mostly right.  The result was a really solid movie.  I loved the casting that they did..and the little boys they selected to play the young just starting out New Edition were talented and VERY likable.  I hated to see them grow up in the movie honestly.  And can I just say, I came away with a new respect for Ralph Tresvant?  He was offered a solo career in the beginning but only agreed to sign with Maurice Starr if he could bring his boys along.  This after realizing that his family really needed the money he would have garnered solo without a 5-way split.  Brook Payne (their first manager) honed those boys talents..and got them together with precision in their steps and singing, training them hard like Joe Jackson trained Michael nem without the belts.

I had to go look up the real Maurice Starr because they chose “Big Worm” from Friday for the role and that long Daniel Boone wig they had him in threw me off.  Like other stars of that time, Maurice raped them financially.  They were from the projects and had never seen contracts or a lot of money at one time, and their mamas let them sign that deal with Maurice for $500 and a BetaMax (tape recorder).  Child…at least Pebbles gave TLC Rav-4s.  Or were those Suzuki Sidekicks?  Those boys went on tour for six months EVERYWHERE and had the biggest hit of that time and only made $1.87 each.  Yes, that’s less than $2.  Brook Payne brought the checks to the mamas, and promptly got fired.  He was lucky he made it out of there without getting beat up.  Black mamas of that time didn’t play about their cigarettes, their change from the store from getting said cigarettes nor their money!  I just knew he was going to get a good cussing out (I’m sure he did in real life) and jumped.

The mothers got together and chose a new manager.  This time they went “White” but it looks like that is NOT going to make a difference because the previews from tonight’s episode (3 part series) show them getting in his behind about the money.

I learned so much about the group I have loved since Candy Girl.  I did not know Ronnie Devoe was Brook Payne’s nephew and that’s how he got in the group.  Solid acting and performances by all of the actors, especially the younger ones.  New Edition should be proud.

But of course, I have one small gripe (you know Big Mama said start off with the positives) – the number of commercials.  I don’t know, maybe it was no different than commercials during other movies but it felt like every time I got into a scene…10 commercials would come on right in the middle of it.  Every five minutes, there was a commercial.  I’m the sure the 3 part series is actually about 60 minutes of actual “movie” but the commericals makes it 6 hours.  I swear BET is making a pretty coin from this biopic because they sold an ad spot to EVERYBODY who wanted one and could cut a check.  The Country Music Channel (CMT) even had a spot asking people to turn to “Nashville” when they were done watching The New Edition Story.  I give them an A for effort.  Here’s hoping BET takes some of that ad money to do more biopics on our R&B icons.  Looking forward to tonight’s episode.  I got my snacks and drink ready..and am already stretching out my fingers….

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