Dr. Cornel West addressed the Tyler Perry vs. Spike Lee controversy during his book tour in Atlanta last week. In case you’ve missed all the hoopla, Tyler Perry has been facing extreme criticism over his portrayal of Black America in his films and plays. Spike Lee was even quoted comparing Tyler’s Meet The Browns characters to a modern day Amos & Andy:
‘I think there’s a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery. I see ads for ‘Meet the Browns’ and ‘House of Payne’ and I’m scratching my head. We’ve got a black president and we’re going back. The image is troubling and it harkens back to Amos ‘n’ Andy.”
Tyler responded via a 60 minutes interview where he was visibly upset about the comment and stated that he uses the characters as “bait” to draw in White America then hits them with storylines consisting of God, love, faith, forgiveness and family. Dr. West, in addressing the “beef” between the two filmmakers made a few comparisons as to why each approaches their subject matter differently. The well-known public intellectual spoke of Lee’s background as a well-to-do Morehouse Grad versus Tyler’s abusive childhood and life on the streets. He goes on to explain how Spike Lee is a GREAT filmmaker while Tyler Perry is a GOOD filmmaker and although Spike’s comments may have been based with good intentions, the delivery could have been better.
You’ll have to watch the video to understand but West didn’t diss Tyler, he actually gave him props. He does, however state that if Tyler’s still doing Madea at 65 THEN he has a problem. I guess that gives us about 25 more years of Madea since TP just turned 40.
The Atlanta Housewives Masquerade Ball was held on Halloween Eve (Friday, Oct 30th) at the Gateway Event Center in McDonough. Sheree Whitfield was a vision in virginal white, Kandi Burruss took a step back into the 70’s, Lisa and Ed Hartwell arrived as two gay pirates, and Kim Zolciak was allowed to perform “Tardy for the Party”.
[Warning: Click play at your own risk…. my ears are still ringing!]
Tionne ‘T-Boz” Watkins appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show” yesterday. During an intense interview with Harry Smith, T-Boz revealed that she’s been living with a secret for the last three years after her doctor delivered news she never imagined: she was told she had a brain tumor. The tumor was benign, but because of her sickle cell disease, surgery was risky. Watkins was told she could lose everything a performer needs: hearing, balance, facial movement, and speech if she chose to undergo the procedure.
“[I] can’t just go have surgery?” she asked. “They were like, ‘No, I’m sorry, sickle cell is a factor, that’s your reality and you can die.”
Dr. Keith Black from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who is one of the country’s best neurosurgeons, met with Continue Reading…
Last week, Tameka Foster Glover Raymond took to the Atlanta radio airwaves to discuss a few rumors and address her constant blogger battles. Tameka was bold enough to answer V-103’s Ryan Cameron’s questions about her upcoming divorce from R&B superstar, Usher Raymond and even touched on the public’s perception of her as a golddigging wanna-be. Many of you may have heard the audio over at FreddyO’s spot before it mysteriously disappeared, but you didn’t hear Tameka’s take on Usher’s mom because someone thought it best to to leave it out. Sad thing is, Tameka wasn’t even grateful for that lil act of kindness and decided that she would prefer that the videos and images all be removed since it didn’t get her the positive press she was seeking. Someone needs to tell Meka that she’s probably NEVER gonna get it…
Ryan struck a nerve when he asked Tameka about her strained relationship with Usher’s Mom/Manager, Jonetta Patton. This is the the audio that was omitted from the initial video that was circulating the net but Tameka and Jonetta have never seen eye to eye on much of anything. Tameka even admits Continue Reading…
I honestly was a bit pissed off when I saw someone had ganked my video from my Frankie Gives Relationship Advice + Her Emotional Red Carpet Exit post, but once I watched it, I could NOT stop laughing. Itzrag, the dude who “remixed” the vid is a dayum nutcase but he killed me and gave me life again with his rendition of Frankie’s “crackish” interview.