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Old 05-12-2009, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Repubocrat View Post
I am sure this topic will be controversial but I have noticed that back in the 60's and 70's, African Americans did some great things in terms of entertainment. I personally love shows like Good Times, Sanford and Son, etc. These shows were great in terms of quality but also in terms of being truly "American", not strictly for African Americans.
Funny you would point out Good Times a program where of the two most acclaimed African American actors of the period Ester Rolle and John Amos were in constant battles with the producers over the duffoonish depiction of African Americans a conflict that finally saw them leaving the show despite its popularity. In short, these shows spoke to you as "American" because they simply reenforced the "American" views and stereotypes of African Americans that has been a mainstay American culture for centuries.

On the other hand, I was listening to a rap song yesterday by some Soldier Boy and I can't even understand half of what he is saying, the lyrics make absolute no logical sense and he just repeats the same stupid lines 10 times, over and over. Very sad!
So, you seem to think that hip-hop is the sum total of African American music? Unfamiliar with Wynton Marsalis, Diane Reeves, Cassandra Wilson? You long for Motown yet ignore Kelly Price, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson? Last time I listened their english was quite mainstream.

Old 05-14-2009, 07:53 PM
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Unhappy i agree

Originally Posted by big daryle View Post
Even before that. Network TV has been junk since the mid-70's. Threes Company was probably the start of the decline.
the happy days era was fine with me! To tell you the truth the only thing i watch anymore is the news because everyting else is garbage and the chanel that has all the reruns of the old programs[i cant think of the name]There is not one show i honestly like or any new movies i care for! Sad but true..
Old 05-14-2009, 07:56 PM
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Archie Bunker and George Jefferson was pretty hard to beat as far as old tv in my eyes! I dont care about the race thing it was just plain FUNNY oh Fred Sanford was another Great one....i liked those shows...simple clean and funny!!1
Old 07-09-2009, 11:37 AM
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What needs to happen is that the persons who have better ideas need to bypass everything and create their own shows, their own TV networks, better ones in fact.
Old 11-05-2009, 07:56 PM
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Well TV is nothing but mind-numbing crap. If the market really WANTS to watch this frontal-lobe-destroying programs, indicates that this nation of brain dead zombies could care less about the insanity that is going on around us. They certainly could not think independently enough to galvanize the nation for more tangible changes.

Children watch too much TV, play too many games sitting on their butts, revere too many so-called celebres' instead of the real heroes (mom and dad bustin their butts workin).

And what is UP with this African American thing? I am NOT from Africa. I am American who happens to be identified as a Black person whose lineage is Nigerian, Choctaw, Blackfoot and French. GET OVER IT people.
Old 11-05-2009, 10:03 PM
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I see most TV shows today, as I saw most comic books as a Kid. Just something to keep me busy, till something to do comes up.
Old 11-06-2009, 10:26 PM
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The problem isn't so much television but what is on it. If you sit a kid in front of the TV and that child watches The History Channel as oppose to some junk, then the child will learn more. I grew up watching The Travel Channel and The History Channel. When I was 8 years old I learned more watching The Weather Channel all day than sitting in the classroom. In fact, I often learned more watching TV than I did in the classroom in high school. The children need to watch the right stuff.
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