Who Is Ms. Auburn (Ms. “A” fa’ shawt)? I’m a former employee of the Auburn Avenue Research Library (hence the tag) who believes in the power of words – written and spoken. I believe in lifelong teaching and learning, no degree required. A Real Wife of a Native Atlantan who was once a child of the SWATS myself (that whole left side of I-285 really ~ check my old school swag above). I have a slight issue with the passive way my generation is shepherding its legacy. With this column and your help, I hope to change that.
There used to be a practice among African-Americans known as “sittin at the knee.” The kids watched and listened while the adults taught them appropriate customs and practices and passed down the history, griot style. Ghetto Ya Ya Sisterhoods is how girls like I was once learned to sew and cook. But in a different age and time, I learned how to weave together a decent life and feed my family’s collective spirit by sitting at my mother-in-law’s table, all while bumpin’ Soul Food from the speakers. Sunday mornin’ where you eat-in’ at?
It was funny to me when she talked about walking down Hunter or Bishop Streets as a child, streets I now know as MLKing and 17th, respectively. She’d mention the parents of friends of mine and I could
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V-103’s Ryan Cameron poses with Fonzworth Bentley & Keith Sweat during his Ol Skool Step Show. FreddyO sent over a few pics and I guess I’ll have to use em since today just happens to be Flashback Friday….plus I’d never deny you the pleasure of seeing Nokio from Dru Hill’s fresh new doo.
Check out the flix below:
Freddy said the Delta’s won, but I don’t see how since one of em’s sporting an oxygen tank. Somebody send me the video…STAT!
Ooooh weeee! Nokio you betta work!!!
Fonzworth Bentley & Pastor Troy shake hands and share memories..
Happy Flashback Friday people! DJ Nabs toured the world for years with Kris Kross and has several old school videos over on his YouTube channel. Check out Kris Kross, Jermaine Dupri and DJ Nabs appearing on the Arsenio Hall Show…Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly still had all his hair and Jermaine did too.
Also here’s the link to the actual interview where someone’s BEEPER when off onstage during the show and Arsenio calls em out. Hell naw! What year was this? Dayum I feel old.
Quick Question: Who knew Tameka “Tiny” Cottle was such a great actress?!? Hell who even knew she was in a move? Check out this old footage of T.I.’s fiance in some straight to video type flick entitled “Black Balled” where she plays some dude’s baby mama….a real stretch for her. womp womp.
Fast Forward to the 3:08 mark:
That’s old school actor Stoney ‘Jheri Curl’ Jackson starring as the embattled black man (you might also remember him from Michael Jackson’s Beat It video). Is it me or does that other chick look amazingly like Atlanta Housewife Lisa Wu-Hartwell? Anywhoo…I have no idea where this movie came from so don’t even ask but I really don’t think you missed any Oscar worthy performances.
Thanks to NeNe from Tiny’s Fan Site for bringing Tiny’s acting talents to my attention.
Sheree Whitfield sat down recently to chop it up about the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She took a moment to speak about her clothing line (She by Sheree) as well as dropped a few hints about who the NEW housewife will be this season. Sheree also addressed the Chris Brown/Rihanna situation stating that everyone needs to just stay out of it and surprisingly revealed that she’s also been a victim of domestic violence in the past.
Check out the video of my 2nd favorite housewife below: