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TWO GIANTS OF BLACK ENTERTAINMENT….A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTING….3RD INSTALLMENT

 

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

This week and weekend has been difficult in the entertainment world.  Issac Hayes and Bernie Mack have passed away.  Their creativity touched our lives in ways we could not have imagined. 

I was terribly shocked when I heard it on the radio about both black men.  Issac Hayes was a part of my youth and growing up in the seventies.  I grew up hearing the theme of Shaft on the television and movie theatres.    My recollection was a drivng theme song that you could sing and enjoy.  There were not as many black television programs on back then.  So that was a part of my youth.

Bernie Mack was and is a part of my son’s youth.  We would sit together and watch Bernie Mack and his television adoptive children go through problems that families go through.  Some of the problems were rediculous…some so funny and hilarious….some cute and sentimental!

Yes,  we must applaud these two steller men who have taken their final bow…and wish all who come in their path  walk in their foot steps- to take up their mantels and promote more entertainment for all.

 

Thank you Bernie Mack.

Thank you Issac Hayes.

Rest in Peace.

HOT 97 IN THE MORNING IS SO BORING!!!! WHY THIS TORTURE???!!!!

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

Alright already….we got the point! 

What is going on!

  I have nothing to listen to while I drive!  No Ms. Jones was not perfect…BUT CA’MON ALREADY!!!!! 

 I HAVE TO LISTEN TO 100.3 WITH THESE WACKY PHONE JACKS….SOME ARE SO MEAN….REALLY…THEY PHONE JACK INNOCENT PARENTS…WHOSE KIDS MUST DISPISE THEM OR SOMETHING….IT IS REALLY VERY MEAN!  NOT GOOD.

////THEN TODAY THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT CLOTHES BASED ON THE 10 CENT STORES FOR “BLACK” PEOPLE IN THE MALL!!! UGGGGGHHH AND DOUBLE UGGGH!  

 PLEASE HOT 97….GET SOMETHING GOOD ON …GET A GOOD DJ….JOCK SOMETHING….STOP PLAYING ALL OF THAT BORING MUSIC!!!  I NEED A GOOD JOKE WHEN I DRIVE TO WORK….I NEED A GOOD CHUCKLE!!!!  HELP!!!

UPDATE ON THAT Z100 STATION WITH THAT ELVIS GROUP!  TODAY THEY PICKED ON A PARENT OF A LISTENER WHO WAS IN THE DOCTORS OFFICE ON AN EXAM TABLE  AND HAD HER SO UPSET.  This phone jack was so mean….I actually felt sorry for this poor woman.  So please PLEASE  HOT 97….GET SOMEBODY ON THE AIR!!!  Hey wait a minute…

 

HOT 97….GIVE WENDY WILLIAMS A SPOT FROM 6 AM TO  10 AM….i KNOW…SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE TIME OR YOU WOULD NOT HIRE FROM A RIVAL STATION—BUT IT WAS JUST A THOUGHT!  —HURRY UP….I NEED SOME CONTROVERSY IN THE MORNING….IT IS KIND OF LIKE HAVING MY COFFEE IN THE MORNING…YA KNOW???!!!

WHERE IS MISS JONES IN THE MORNING YO!??????

 

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

 

 

Was yesterday for REAL?  Did Ms. Jones….Hot 97 officically sign off the radio?  What was that all about?  I was driving and listening to Ms. Jones and she and DJ Envy was talkin’ some stuff about this is their last show and all like that?  What did I miss these past few weeks?  I mean, like, you know,  Ms. Jones was making all kinda Jokes about Wendy Williams when the EEO drama came up…and NOW???!!!  What happened to Ms. Jones? 

But then it seemed like a joke or somethin’…because she was sayin’ that they were having a good-bye hello party someplace…and then she said that she will have her own television show on BET!!!!  WOW!  GOOD LOOK MS. JONES…YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

ALL JOKES ASIDE!  I am happy for both SHOCK JOCKS..WENDY WILLIAMS AND MS. JONES!  THEY  ARE ANSWERING TO THE COMMUINTY OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR MUSIC!  WENDY OF COURSE IS A gossipnesta….Diva of how to draw out celebs and their personal ish….Ms. Jones is good at being very hip, very ghetto, very aware of community issues..i.e. Sean Bell.  (For example,  Ms. Jones had been on the radio that next day after the court  case was settled regarding Sean Bell,  but she allowed her audience to really,  really vent!  Even Ms.  Jones Vented.  She vented so much that she actually used the forbidden “N” word on a caller.  I was like “Wow”!  She really had CAUGHT SOME FEELIN’S ABOUT that case and she expressed it very clearly although very ghetto in delivery. )

So getting back to her new television show….Let us see who will beat who in the ratings!  Wendy Williams with her querky,  supersize me,  size 12 toes and super highheeled shoes….also extreme hairstyles and over the top HOW YOU DOIN’S—VERSUS  Ms. Jones with her Shananay sounding straight from the hood, candy store going,  girl around the way voice and delivery….with side kicks D.J. Envy,  etc….Good luck Ladies…and keep pushing it….so that other youngsters coming up will follow behind in the roads that you  will pave for future Radio/TV personalities!

Nope…you guys will NEVER BE OPRA!!!!  But you just might beat out Tyra Banks talk show ….for sure….Especially Ms. Jones.

Ms. Jones has her heart, and her hear to the streets.  Suddenly Wendy seems to have NO PATIENCE WITH EXTREMELY GHETTO….DONKEY TYPE FOLKS….AS SHE AND side kick Charlemane state.  Wendy hangs up because she just ‘CAN’T’—

nO MATTER WHAT….DO WELL…..SPEAK WELL….AND BATTLE IT UP LADIES…JUST BATTLE IT UP!!!!  BUT NO HOOD NONSENSE PLEASE…REMEMBER AMERICA IS WATCHING YOU….FOLKS YOU LEAST EXPECT WILL BE WATCHING….JUST KEEP A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN JOKES,  AND STUFF.

Ms. Jones said her show will be on BET in September……wow!  she will have to bring hard to catch up to Wendy’s steam….based on how Wendy does for those 6 weeks on Fox Den Bar  Cable.

Oh, an by the way…..NO MORE TRYING TO HURT ONE ANOTHER….HUH LADIES?  PLAY NICE……OKAY!?

Charlemane…be nice to Ms. Wendy….she done had a tough year chile!—Charlemane….dance with Ms. Wendy and you do not have to say HOW YOU DO’IN?! iF YOU DO NOT WANT TO….JUST DO THAT LITTLE DANCE “LITTLE MAN”—IT JUST SOUNDS CUTE ON RADIO….LAWD,  KNOWS HOW IT’S GONNA LOOK ON TV!!!!

So is Ms. Jones really off the radio though?  Can  anyone out there tell me?

Wendy did not loose anything….she still got her radio show and also gets a TV show too!—-Hi—haters!

Wendy Gurl….stay strong and do it…..as you say Wendy—-Go hard or go home!

And Ms. Jones…you stay strong and stay you!!!!

fini!!!~~~riveroflifelisajoy!

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM….REFLECTIONS ON WENDY WILLIAMS JUNE 20, 2008 BROADCAST

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image of elephant taken from aol.com

Wendy has a laugh that is sometimes forced….sound of happiness?  Sound of pre-tend fun?  Sound of real enjoyment when you are tickeled pink by a “funny”.  I am not sure.  Sometimes it sounds that she is laughing at herself.  That is okay…I do that sometimes too. 

Yesterday Wendy and Charlemane sat on the radio and talked about her up coming show and going to LA to get ready for her show on July 14, 2008.  Wendy talked about people going into her office (PINK ROOM) her frig and taking bottles of  her  LIQUOR. 

 She discussed putting locks on the frig…Charlmane told how he sits quietly in the morning and people come in and take things.  They made references to the cleaning lady  and their security guards which created the ELEPHANT INTHE ROOM syndrome and huge laughter erupted and they giggled toward the end of the show.  Charlemane even made reference to SUPERMAN RAPPER…and IceTea issues and then they went off air at 7:00. 

So Wendy is still here folks….making jokes about the Elephant in the room.  Wendy has made statements that she has suffered for trying to have a family like atmosphere with her staff. 

 She vowed to never have a closeknit group of interns and staff ever again on Thursday… 

She made reference to her having a pole up her you know what because of her being SO GIVING and understanding of her work staff.

  She said she wants to keep everyone working for her on a formal basis and never again allow anyone to get that close to her.

I listened and wondered, how many of us on regular jobs have allowed people to come home with us….only to find out that our private lives become public when that co-worker gets back to work. 

Every smiling face HAS TEETH…PEOPLE! 

 I could relate very well to that view on life.  Some people might say that is being very negative….

I reserve the right to choose my friends. 

 Just because you work with someone and have a close working relationship does not mean that you should bring these people into your personal lives…

There is no  contract available that will prevent someone from making your personal private business public. 

Hey,  even the pastor of my church told me (when I explained that I am so tired and unable to function on the level of cleaning in my house) …..

…..”IF YOU DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR ….NO  ONE  WILL COME IN….DO NOT INVITE PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSE…AND YOU CLEAN HOUSE WHEN YOU ARE READY….JUST DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR!…..

I laughted a hearty laugh when the pastor said that to me….because I knew exactly what he meant.  So I hope Wendy Williams learns that same thing. 

 Your private business is just that….PRIVATE….Keep your marriage, children,  hurts, shames,  angers, illnesses,  financial problems to yourself and you may find that you will not get so many hard stares…

And definitely do not allow co-workers to visit your home to see you argue or fuss with your mate, and  children.  Everybody has eyes, ears, mouth and a nose. 

 Learn from Wendy to protect your privacy and  your family as well. kEEP THAT elephant out of your house too.

Tell people of your victories…but not of every defeat…..they don’t care….they just want to have something to gossip about.

Well,   Till next blog…..

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY~!

She’s Back! Wendy Williams of the Wendy Williams Experience- DA DA DA DAAAAA! The Queen of All Media! Sounds Positive and Strong

Today while driving and thinking on my own personal issues I switched from  Hot 97 for HIP/HOP music and checked in on Wendy!  Well,  despite the issues of the Nicole Spence complaint Wendy is still on the air. 

 She sounds like herself, and she and Charlemagne are Yuck, yuck,  yucking it Up!  Talking about advice hour, and Wendy answering her own telephones. 

 It seemed almost like nothing negative had ever been talked about on Hot 97 from jealous Ms. Jones.  It seemed like the shocking news had never been.  And I wished it were true.  But through it all Wendy has stood tall. 

 The first few days she appeared stressed and let her listening audience know it.  She really does talk to her audience.  Yesterday Wendy stated,  “I don’t trust people!”  I silently agreed with her in my head for my own reasons. 

 I hope that she deals honestly with her situation.  You know….she is like the “friend in  my head” radio personality.  Although I would probably never tell anybody some of the things she has been known to say or discuss. 

Wendy would ask the questions I would never ask.   Some or many of  Wendy ‘s  opinions I do not agree with but are food for thought on alot of levels.  You can learn from just about any body.   But anyway,  I digress….So Wendy and Charlemagne sounded like their old selves today. 

Thank G-d for second,  third, and fourth chances….uh….Howard Stern……uh….Don Imus….uh Shock Jock that harressed Hot 97 side kick of Ms. Jones in the morning….(what is that guy’s name anywhooo?) 

Think about it fellow bloggers….

Till next time

riveroflifelisajoy

P.S.  Maybe Tyler Perry should write a play about  Black Journalist, and the lives they live….Oh,  forgot….Wendy  has her own  movie coming out!  —When is that movie set?   Summer time seems like a good idea?!

I  can’t wait to see that movie about Wendy Williams and her life.  Ca’mon Ms. Jones @ Hot 97….make your movie too!    Get  moving!   Maybe even get a  perfume deal too!

LOLOL!   Till next blog…..

WENDY’S BREAKS HAVE BEEN CUT SHORT? –Wendy Williams and the continuing EEO dispute

I was listening today as I went about my daily personal errands and I heard Wendy Williams and Charlemange.  I was annoyed because I heard this Old School R & B Music. 

 Wendy interviewed Robert Verdie, (some high haute fashion guy).  They had quick banter and silly jokes and some discussion on fashion and designe.  Quite boring.  Suddenly Wendy states,  “Talk fast,  they cut my breaks and I have to play more music!”  I felt rushed and frustrated! 

 I heard Wendy stated before a this celebrity interview that Wendy was asking on air about an apothercery in her commuinty.  I wondered why Wendy would ask for something in her neighborhood on the air like that. 

Why would you do that?  Even her side kick seemed uncomfortable with her highlighting her  neigborhood.  Strange I thought. 

 I began to worry about Wendy.  Although she is accused of committing and EEO violation —I do not think that she is beyond reproach like IMUS.  I do not think anybody knows where Howard Stern,  or Don Imus live. Please take care and continue to highlight the funny stuff and the celebrity gossip that you do so well!

 

What does Wendy Williams, Eliot Spitzer, Detroit’s Mayor Have in Common?

Life Starts Here—Painted by RiveroflifelisajoyWell, I guess you can figure that answer out….can’t you?  But the bigger question is —-What will all of those listed names above in the title of this little writ…..do about the future that they will live….and their families will live?  No one is without sin…..”ALL OF HUMANKIND HAS SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD……HE WITHOUT SIN  —CAST THE FIRST STONE”— We all know those scriptures and statements made by Jesus Christ and his deciples right?  So what am I trying to say here?  

Look,  if you take up public office, service to the community  try and decide what you want before you make that final choice.  You hurt more than yourself when you create  scandalous issues that hit the law offices and the media.  No one is perfect….but it is so difficult when the above listed persons admit, or have committed bad behavior and my child and their children are not tarnished by these things. 

We can not isolate ourselves….we have to interact…be social….or professional on our jobs…..but fraternizing,  sexual harrassement,  using  public monies for private sexual escapades  should not be!   How much supervision did Governor Spitzer need?  He is a grown man,  a leader in the country, and a guide toward elevating our state toward greatness, and better ecomonic policies and lifestyles for people like me…..low,  low middle class or struggle and write out my stress in this blog.   But when I find out that he can affort to pay $2000. 00 per hour for sex….and I can barely pay the $1600.00 per rent and have to go to the Food Pantry after I pay rent…..I feel a great deal of anger at Governor Eliot Spitzer.  I work and can not get a raise for more than 3% per every three years at my job…..but Governor Eliot Spitzer thought that a prostitute deserved to be paid $2000.00 for two hours worth of   ((((((((    WORK????    ))))))).  oH,  wowowowowowo!   A prostitute who uses her body deserves $2000.00 per  hour to use her body….but I a single parent can not even get a decent raise,  can not afford to pay rent, buy food,  sneakers,  clothes,  music lessons for my kid,  attend college to better myself,  and prepare college education for my kid…..but Eliot Spitzer had the right to decide that a prostitute should make more in two hours than I make in one week?!!!!! 

WOW! 

Again,  even Wendy Williams of 107.5 WBLS has been high lighted for alledged abuse of  Nicole Spence —look….Wendy Williams is not a famous politician…..but she I am quite sure is getting paid a pretty penny because she HAS THE GIFT OF GAB!   She can talk up a storm,  make jokes,  skits,  and all like that.  She sponsors college students, and visits other states, writes books,  advertises for various doctors (due to her love of  plastic surgery) and goes on trips for WBLS etc., etc., etc.,!~   Doesn’t that mean that she is held to some type of standard to respect the intelligence of her listening audience, and the intelliegence of her employers as well? 

I am always in shock and how much people who can talk so much, get paid so much and give little or nothing to the people who helped to get them to where they are.  They actually think that they are either better than their audience sometimes.  I do not think that of Wendy…..but I am a bit upset at the mess that the media and her circumstances is causing.  Especially with the minds of the  young people who wish to follow in the foot steps of Wendy as a Radio Personality! 

The Detroit Mayor is a strange case!  It seems that his personal love affair is possibly going to land him in jail?  This society is out for blood.  YOu cannot create a mess that you cannot clean up.  Blogging and writing, and any form of communication in today’s society is being watched and monitored at an all time high.  So why would a sitting Governor be so loose with his behavior.  Doesn’t  it seem that when a person reaches a certain level in life that someone would sit that person down and talk to them and say look….” You are a sitting Governor,  or YOu are a sitting Radio Talk Show Host,  or Look you are  a sitting Mayor of a major City in the most Powerful Country in the World!  You must remember to conduct yourself as though you were on television,  camera,  microphone at all times…..your conduct,  your attitiude,  your demeanor and your personal and private actions are being watched closely and from a far…..You are a leader…..conduct yourself as a leader…..remember future generations depend on you.  You have the power to shape destiny….for your children, your children’s children, and the world……Think before you act……

That should be the birds and the bees of public, and private and media leaders! 

So What I wish for the previous people discussed today here are…..that they come to realize that NO MAN IS AN ISLAND—–

I hope and pray for the best for all of the people I mentioned here today.  I cannot judge them.  I am not a lawyer, and I definitely am not G-d above.  But  I admonish my readers….pray for yourselves,  your governmental leaders, for the actors, and actresses,  media personalities,  and business leaders and the governments of our world…..our future depends on your tolerance of one another, and our support of one another. 

Have a good day!

Riveoflifelisajoy….

# 3 Article on the Topic*****What Happened Wendy? Why do Women settle For Domestic Violence? You can Bail on Kevin Hunter! **Wendy Williams Under Fire**–

Life Starts Here—Painted by RiveroflifelisajoyLook,  I have been reading other blogs and I do not want to be too harsh…so I will roll this blog a bit ganster!  Ya heard me?!

 Yo,  Wendy Williams….Queen of All Media!  You always be rockin’  GO HARD OR GO HOME!—Wuzzzzz—Up?  Wendy? 

Yo,  You speak about not being a donkey!  I can’t believe that you allowed yourself to be treated like a donkey to keep the family together?! 

So many of us women black or white have been allowing ourselves to sacrifice our health, minds, wealth, and dignity for the look of a family! 

  Are you tellin’ me that you allowed your husband to hurt you?  Please,  tell me you are stronger than that Wendy! 

 Please don’t let yourself down, and don’t permit others to  including husbands,  so-called friends, relatives bring you down  either! 

Word is born….( meaning honestly)  **** I really believe that you are innocent until proven guilty!  I want to believe the best of you and for you. 

But if your husband alledgedly did something foul, and disgusting to another humanbeing ….don’t cover for him.

  Cover for your child that is a much more important issue.    Stand for what is right and your child will remember that for the rest of his life. 

Tell the truth and move on in whatever state that will be…..But atleast you will be able to look at yourself in the mirror every morning YO! 

 Listen,  life is wrought with various pit falls…you know that already—-So whats up with the unnecessary behavior of your husband (((if that is true?))) 

Why would you permit him (((your husband Kevin Hunter)))  to carry on like that? 

 Why would you act like that yourself?! 

  Listen since you have a radio show  that is supposed to be for entertainment purposes  only…so I always took it as a “joke” —journalism with a wink of an eye! 

I did not think that you were REALLY  that — COLD HEARTED—are you? !  

I defended you in my first few articles because I did not like what Ms. Jones in the Morning said on  Hot 97 about you and you being CHOKED  by your husband.

  If that is true,  I hope you are alright. 

If it is not I wish those who like yellow journalism would receive the punishment that they deserve for selling lies, and falsehoods.

ON the question of Nicole and abuse at work….You always spoke highly of her…..Every situation has more than one side….but I hope that you  are not allowing yourself to be railroaded.

  But if you did maltreat Nicole come clean now…..settle and don’t fight it out….Be honest.

 Watch the LITTLE KIM issue….don’t put yourself in jeopardy!!! 

Please Wendy….I know you worked too hard to let yourself go down in such a dogged out donkey way!!!!  

  Think about it!!!!!! Wendy….really!

Treat people like you want to be treated.  If you did wrong correct the problem by apoloizing and offering whatever finanicial repayment that is necesary. 

Think about it…please.

Remember Wendy Williams….you are a one of a kind….along with Ms.  Jones….future women journalist are watching and learning from your mistakes. 

All others give your reply—-if you think you need to.

Peace out—-Riverof lifelisajoy

# 2 article on the topic— Wendy Williams Hysteria —Isn’t there going to be a Movie? Is this a Publicity Stunt?

tHE hand by Jay JewelsI have been reading the blogs about this issue…..Well, Wendy….I hope all goes well.

  But I can’t help but wonder if this is just a method of getting publicity before the movie about Wendy comes out? 

If it is….good for you Wendy use that negative attention and pay those actors and pay those production bills. 

But if this is not…..well, I hope all bodes well for you and yours.  It is disgusting that any woman….black or white or mixed race or what ever your backgroud become involved in scandal when you appear to be making it big….very big in life. 

 Wendy has the opportunity that many people only dream about.  The title of shock jock is only part of who she is. 

 She comes from a family of educators…

.Wendy is not a fool…..She is crazy….Crazy like a fox!  Watch that woman (Wendy Williams)   with both eyes open and you may learn a thing or two.

  Ca’mon….Nicole still works at the station and so does Wendy!!!

 Think about it for a minute.  Maybe I am wrong.

  But just maybe issues did ensue, and erupt and expose Wendy to publicity that she did not want…but guess what

….PEOPLE WILL WANT TO SEE HER MOVIE EVEN MORE!!! 

 TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK! 

Any way …..HOW YOU DOIN’!!!!

hEY!!!  AND ALL LIKE THAT!

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY

Shock Jock Don Imus–Back in the Saddle–with two Black Comedians by his side! What Could be Funnier?!! LOL!

JEWELZ HAND.jpg  J.  Jewelz, my son drew this depiction of his hand for class and gave me permission to use it as my perception of radio media or media in general and their influence over us the capitve public.

Citadel Broadcasting Corp : http://www.citadelbroadcasting.com/ 

WABC-AM: http://www.wabcradio.com

According to America On line News the above listed locations are where you can watch or listen to Mr.  Imus.   But I have a question!

What makes jokes funny?  What gives an internal click in your thoughts,  memories,  dreams,  personal experiences when you listen to a comedian and then you suddenly ERUPT!  Like a volcano into what we could aCHUCKLE,  LAUGH,  GIGGLE,  SNORTLE, GAWPAH, etc.

  When is a Court Jester entertaining?  Is there a certain level of intelligence needed inorder to find a joke FUNNY?  Is there an IQ level needed to understand and laugh at certain jokes?  Does a group of human beings have to be able to agree that a topic,  or statement is funny in order to laugh as a group?

  How do you determine what is a funny statement,  funny joke,  funny circumstance funny?  What is the litmus (scientific test) test to determine what makes a joke funny?  From Comedians like Steve Harvey,  Martin Lawrence, Don Rickles,  Eddy Murphy,  and I guess most of all based on my question Don Imus—-What makes a comedian really reach his or her crowd?  

January 6, 2008–addition to this writ:  A Detail of the certain “Comedians and what makes them “funny.”

  • Steve Harvey:  Has a comic appeal from his natural “southern comfort” accent to his practical approach to every day life.  His use of “characters” on the WBLS 107.5 morning show with Steve Harvey and “Nephew Tommy”,  “the King and the Young King”, with Lady support of “Carla and Shirley Strawberry” are great morning drive to work entertainment! 
  •  Sometimes Steve annoys me when he picks on His “Young King”–Nephew Tommy…but it is all in good fun! 
  •  The show does not pick on races,  but there are hints of racial discussion only based on current events. 
  • Steve is busy discussing “the Strawberry Letter” in which listeners request a “type of counseling regarding “real” personal issues.” 
  • Steve and his crew try to answer as openly, and practically as possible. 
  • Sometimes Steve shows a great deal of love and compassion for his listening audience, to the actual point of vocalized emotion, and audible tears
  • –for example a rather famous R&B singer died in 2007  and it was evident that Steve Harvey felt the great amount of loss in his discussion and treatment of the topic during the morning program.  It was very touching. 
  •  Steve and his crew also try to pull the listening community together  with “team building efforts” as well. For example he recently had a “college football musical band” competition being run. 
  •  He wants all of those bands from the Q-Dog Fraternities etc.  to join in! 
  •  They have to send a clip of their band in action and it will be judged!  That is GOOD CLEAN FUN!
  •   NoW!  —IF DON IMUS HAD MADE UP  COMMUNITY BUILDING POSITIVE COMPETITION LIKE STEVE HARVEY  did with the previous mentioned description of the college bands  HE  WOULD HAVE A LOT OF LOVE FROM “ALL LISTENERS!  “
  • Wendy Williams Experience on 107.5 is another example of a talk show that has a bit of the Zing and Bling of R&B pop-culture.
  • Wendy Williams program is generally on the cutting EDGE of HIP/HOP Rap Music and celebrity gossip.
  • Wendy Williams tends to pull her listening audience out to comedy nights every Wednesday where her audience can see her live and in person–OR “Dons and Divas socials and parties.
  •  Despite the fact that she states that she is selfconscious when she goes to these social events…she goes any way and maintains a visual and interactive connection with her 107.5 faithful band of “DONS AND DIVAS!” 
  • Wendy Williams does discuss current events to a certain extent—but mainly issues that pertain to daily life like plastic surgery, parenting from her perspective of course as a working mother;  family ties, and of course her job itself and how she got where she is today. 
  • Wendy Williams also has the desire to listen to her audience—which sometimes proves to have more comic relief than expected. 
  • She is generally not rude to her callers that request advice about issues in their lives or their friends lives…
  • but sometimes she can be aggressive in her counseling and thoughts on a given issue.
  • Wendy Williams likes to joke,  or imagine, or analyize certain celebrites and how they handle their personal issues. 
  •  That stuff  can be quite funny as she talks to  various celebs,  or  gossip magazines, or her side kick Charlemain the G-d —who gives a southern modern country “boy”(no disrepect intended) or should I say lovingly —THUG—    perspective.
  • Wendy Williams also tends to bring her listening audience in on her own self reflection from time to time as she talks thoroughout her four hour program.  —That is an endearing quality because she lets her humanity shine through.   

 At the Apollo theatre,  that I have watch over the years on regular television, late Saturday night,  the have the “Sand Man”  who comes out and dances a silly dance and pushes the bad preformer, or the not funny comedian off the stage.  The Apollo Theatre audience is “UNFORGIVING” in their response to acts that do not foot the bill. 

 If you can make it here….atleast you will not be humiliated in from of a couple of hundred people and a late night television audience.  But Don Imus was not only “kicked off of the Stage”  a couple of months ago….but he was fired too. 

 Now that means that what he called being funny,–what Don Imus called a “Joke”–was not considered to be a joke by the majority of people who heard that ALLEGED joke that used the phrase  NAPPY HEADED in a sentence in reference to African American female college students that happened to be on a Basketball Team that had just won a championship.  

 The concept that was stated in the Amercia On line Article by Deepti Hajela, AP Posted 2007-12-03 called,  ” AN APOLOGETIC IMUS IS BACK ON THE AIR,” an aparently die-hard fan of Mr.  Imus stated, (according to Hajela) “It was supposed to be a comedy context,  A comedy show-Walter said.  “He (Don Imus) said something that was supposed to be funny and everybody beat him over the head for it.” 1

As I asked early in this my little rit on Sir Imus–Lord of all that is “SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY—BUT SOME HOW FALLS DESPARETLY SHORT,”   what makes comedy,  comedy?  How do we test if a joke, a statement is funny or not?

  Some how that whole concept of comedian and court Jester takes me that back to  the 14th and 16th century—if a court jester was not pleasing a “king” for example….there was always the potential of being beheaded!

  Expecially if the COURT JESTER was making reference to some problem of the Kings!~  you know some moment of indescretion that people had become of aware of.  If the king was not pleased with those references the court jester was eliminated for ever! 

So back again to my question of what makes Don Imus funny to some of his audience.  Why does that listening audience want a diet of what Mr.  Imus puts out over the airways?

  Is it that Mr.  Imus has the “guts” to say what is on the mind of MIDDLE AMERICA?  Does Don Imus speak for a majority of people that think that being a female,  African American on a Wining Team from college is FUNNY?  wHAT IS SO FUNNY ABOUT THAT? 

First of all being an African American woman myself I have come to live all of my 47 years  trying to achieve and grow and be a leader.  I do not want to hear someone  make reference to my ethnic, or racial “markings”—or identifiers like my big hips,  wide nose,  dark complexion, or “nappy” hair when I am sitting in an open forum….even if it is supposed to be comedy! 

To be honest I feel hurt,  and embarressment when a person who is not black makes reference to my hair texture, my lack of free flowing hair and dark skin.  I grew up in a mixed race situation.  A family friend had lived with us for a while named Irene.  Irene was Irish American.  She never made reference t0 my father,  my mother, or my looks or appearance on a racial level. So why is talking about someone’s race considered funny?  Isn’t the phrase “Art Imitates Life—or  Life imitates Art”; which one is it?

 I am not just talking ab0ut Mr.  Imus here.  I am talking about the other BLACK  AND WHITE c0medians.  They are all guilty of the same crime.  SPEAKING ABOUT RACE CANNOT EVER BE VERY FUNNY—not with all of the struggles our American,  European,  African,  Indian have suffered–the sterotypes,  the slavery,  the maltreatment,  the human rights issues etc.  All of this is based on a  families based on race,  financial struggles,  (alleged IQ issues,)—So when again I ask—do we consider a REMARK as FUNNY?

Is domestic violence ever funny?  Is mental illness ever funny—I mean in a general audience context?  You do not know who was a victim of domestic violence.  Some people are still recovering from serious issues and circumstances.  You don’t see people wearing  signs that state…”please do not make domestic violence jokes, —I was once or are still am a victim of domestic violence! 

—So again I ask—how do we as a society rate what is going to be considered FUNNY TOPICS?  Babies and the funny things they do as they grow and mature have funny images,  actions,  etc.  Toddlers are funny as they grow and mature and discover the world at eye level, and crawl level. 

 Cats and dogs are funny in how they relate to their domesticated living circumstances and being owned by a human.  There are so many “funny” videos on America’s Funniest Videos.  Some videos on that show are not funny to me. 

Videos in which it may seem that someone did or had the potencial of being hurt or injured in some serious way.  I do not find person on person violence—(a.k.a. The Three Stooges)  funny. 

Maybe I am too much of a stuffed shirt.  But I do not like the N- word reference funny when it comes out of a BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN comedian EITHER!  Hey….I am not giving out free lunch today on this issue.  Everybody is guilty of forgetting the life and death struggles of all of our ancestors….black and white. 

  So let us begin at the beginning!  Remember the hurt and the pain of being a slave….remember the hurt and the pain of being abused because of race,  creed or lifestyle…..then remember yourself as a child when you were bullied by a big kid, take all that into consideration and think of it next time you make a joke about someone you do not even know personally.  I hope that Mr. Imus would do the same. 

 We all want respect,  we all want love, and we all need shelter and decent jobs.  So again,  according to Hajela, the author of “An Apologetic Imus Is Back on the Air.”–Mr.  Imus has been reaching 40 million house holds with his spin on  what is funny.

 To go with that  he has a contract or did have one before he was fired for $40 million dollars!!!!!  Wow!  Can I make that kind of money too…..just to talk trash to the rich and wealthy? 

I know how to interview,  and ask some questions.  But the point here is —when you are paid $40 million dollars a year–are’nt you responsible –or atleast would not it be the wise thing to organize your show a certain way? 

Not censorship—but respect to other humanbeings  would possibly help to decrease this racial divide.  —Why would you not consider the responsibilty to your audience.   Oh,  that is right! 

 Don Imus is still considered an icon to Middle America— that is why wouldn’t certain people  would not speak out against his flip remark.  It is time for America to grow up.  We need to attain a goal for  schooling our children and even adults on proper race relations. 

In conclusion—WHAT MAKES A JOKE FUNNY?  REPLY WITH YOUR COMMENT!