Eddie Murphy featuring Michael Jackson – “Whatzupwitu”

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Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson

The year was 1993, when Eddie Murphy released the single, “Whatzupwitu” off Murphy’s 4th studio album, entitled Love’s Alright. Let’s be honest, who took this song seriously, I know I didn’t. I was too busy cracking up at Murphy’s expression and his attempt at being serious as he sung the song with his frail and quite non-existent vocals. Well, the track may not have been a smash hit, but it was entertaining and Michael’s contribution stoled the song. Added the cheesy animation to the video, also added to its comedic value and was deemed one of the worst music videos on MTV during that time. Well, at least we can all look back and still laugh at this throwback, right?

 

-Ms Scripter

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Book Recommendation: Paul Mooney – ‘Black is the New White’

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Paul Mooney

Los Angeles is the bourgeois town of all bourgeois towns, a vile, racist city from the very start. It’s always been way more conservative than people think. Hollywood folks like to believe they are wrapped up in their liberal beliefs, but it’s all just a ruse. They got the complexion for the protection. Hollywood only brings up race when it works for them.”-Paul Mooney in Black is the New White

I have been a lover of comedy since I was a kid. I was hanging out with my brothers while they would watch Richard Pryor On the Sunset Strip, and then Eddie Murphy’s “Raw.” Between those guys and Redd Foxx, I was in shocked on how raunchy their acts were, but not just the explicit nature of what they were saying, but Pryor out of three evoked a lot of jokes based on race. I wasn’t really clear who was also giving Pryor a hand in some of his material, which I would later found out to be fellow comedian and friend Paul Mooney.

I didn’t know who Mooney was until his portrayal in a few skits for the Dave Chappelle Show like “Negrodamus” and “Ask a Black Dude“. Mooney’s matter of fact tone and the way his jokes had a substance called, “keeping it realmade it even funnier. That is what one receives when reading Mooney’s memoir entitled Black is the New White, which was raw, uncut and hysterically funny. Mooney discusses his career and his lack of opportunities in the Hollywood spotlight that Pryor had the honor of being awarded as both of their careers started to take shape together. What made this book different is that even though this should have been mainly about Mooney, one gets a sense that this was also a part biography concerning Pryor. Their friendship would be highlighted in the many chapters, from Pryor’s drug use, the initial denial of entry into Hollywood due to racism, their variety show that they worked on together, various stand up routines that evoked race and both of their personal lives, which include tense relationships and tragic deaths.

Mooney doesn’t hold back and to be honest, he never did throughout his career. All of his jokes were the truth, but it made one laugh at the same time. That‘s how I like my comedy and good comedians use one’s own experience and tragedy as a spring board for their material. We can chalk up Mooney’s lack of spotlight appeal from the Hollywood movers and shakers as a direct result of Money refusing to bow down to the pressure of toning down his comedic routines, which can be seen as a taking aimagainst white supremacy. Mooney refused to get in line like everyone else and maybe that’s why as a kid I never heard of him. I wasn’t aware until reading this memorior that he also penned some episodes for Redd Foxx show Sanford & Son, that had to be edited by the powers that be because of the nature of some of the topics.

Dave Chappelle provides the forward in this one, which is appropriate since Mooney passed the torch so to speak to him and other young comedians. One can tell the heavy Mooney influence that took shape in Dave Chappelle’s own show. This is a good read and a page turner that made it feel as if one was able to go back in time and experience some of the things Mooney included in the book.. My only gripe is that I wish Mooney would have focused more on himself, because his life is quite intriguing, but I understand that Pryor was an intricate part of Mooney’s life and he wanted to dedicate his book to him. With that being said, if one wants to laugh, and get to understand the contributor to many of Pryor’s jokes and a life full of disappointments and success,, pick up this book. This book is a great fast read that not only will make one laugh, but will raise one‘s socially conscious awareness of the blatant racism that still exists till this day in Hollywood.

Rating 4 stars out of 5.

 

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of the Week: Eddie Murphy – “Party All The Time”

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The year was 1985, when Eddie Murphy was given the best production of his brief music career by the late Rick James with the song, “Party All The Time”. “Party All The Time” was also written by James and peaked at #7 on the U.S Billboard charts. Murphy will never go out and win a Grammy or his name will never be mentioned as one of the great singers of this generation, but he will have one of the most successful one-hit wonders of the 80’s.

-Ms Scripter

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Usher, Eddie Murphy, & Chris Brown Candidates For James Brown Biopic

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NEW YORK – It is being reported that their is a James Brown biopic being develop and possibly directed by Spike Lee. The potential suitors to play the Godfather of Soul are currently: Usher, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Brown. James Brown’s daughter Dr. Yamma Brown was recently interviewed with Artisan News and stated the following concerning who will protray her father: “Eddie Murphy being one of them. In a comedic role, I guess it would have to be Eddie, who would do Dad justice. I think Usher, more so than anybody, holds near and dear to our family. My dad coined him the Godson Of Soul. He’s a family friend, we just love him, and we are possibly thinking about him for the biopic—so you never know.” She also went on to say that Chris Brown did a great rendition of “Night Train” and also may be consider for the role. Who do you think should receive the part?

I think Murphy should get the lead, because he did a fine job in the movie Dream Girls. Murphy played James “Thunder” Early in the film. Early was a mixture of James Brown and Jackie Wilson and this role will fit Murphy to a tee. To hear the interview in its entirely click on the link below:

 

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DJ Mister Cee: Is He Being Stigmatized For Allegedly Being Gay?

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I’m sure you read the news and all the blogs detailing the arrest of Calvin Lebrun, who is known in the entertainment industry as DJ Mister Cee. If you are not aware let me just give you a debriefing. He was arrested for allegedly receiving oral sex from a man who was dressed like a woman in his car. The Internet was on fire, and so were the rather demoralizing comments toward a man who in my opinion should get a lot of credit for enhancing the New York Hip Hop brand. I mean he did contribute to Big Daddy Kane and Biggie Smalls career in some fashion; he is a legend in his own right.

When I first heard the news my reaction was of despondency because the thing that came to mind was that Mister Cee just tarnish his brand. I also said to myself, how can he be so stupid to break the law, knowing this will be leaked to the media. If you want to play with your skeletons go right ahead, but make sure you put them back in the closet undetected. I also wondered if he was married or had a girlfriend, because that would be devastating. Imagine how his spouse would feel? The last thing on my mind was the fact that he was gay and obviously was not out the closet, because quite frankly I did not care. I knew he would be forever stigmatized because this sort of act is not widely accepted in the hip hop community, especially when the person is an African-American man.

I do not care about his lifestyle, and you shouldn’t either. The only thing that Mister Cee did wrong was break the law or cheated if he is in fact married or has a girlfriend; which can not be confirmed at the time of this writing. He caused himself to be exposed, and now he has to face the consequences. Maybe he should have took note after Eddie Murphy was caught picking up the late Atisone ‘Shalomar’ Seiuli; a well known transvestite. Murphy emphatically claim he would give prostitutes a ride because he is such a amiable guy. Right Eddie! 🙄 His marriage did not last too long after that little episode. Or the late Teddy Pendergrass crashing his vehicle one late night, which subsequently left him paralyzed. The rumor has it that Tenika Watson a transvestite model was in the passenger seat. Mister Cee just did not take head to how past celebrities were exposed, if he did he would not have placed himself in this situation.

Wendy Williams back in her radio show days eluded to Mister Cee as being on the down low, and she also gave hint to other folks in the industry who may be involved in the same thing. We failed to understand this is not anything new. Some of your favorite rappers are probably in the closet and are afraid to even come out because of the stigma behind it. Or they are just being selfish and want to have their cake and eat it too, but who knows if this was Mister Cee’s case. Homosexuality is consistently mocked in the hip hop community, so coming out for some of these rappers is not an option. Let’s be honest, if that was a female DJ would we care? It would probably be an afterthought or celebrated among men as being very sexually enticing. This also brings up a point concerning George Michael, when he was caught performing a lewd act. We still love George and we just did not care. That did not hurt his brand at all; his resume speaks for himself regardless of his bathroom antics. You want to know why? Because we had an idea that he was gay, and in the black community we still have him on heavy rotation; do not lie. Just watch VH1 Soul and tell me you never saw a George Michael video being aired?

DJ Mister Cee went on twitter and posted the following: “Time to get this sh*t cleared up so make it quick cause I ain’t feeling this Twitter sh*t NYPD has a detective squad after all Rappers & DJ’S”.

Interesting statement we are all innocent until proven guilty but I’m not buying it, but I can understand why he is taking this stance. Can you blame him? He knows the hip hop community will turn on him rather quickly. He needs them because that is his lively hood. In fact, reading some of the Facebook comments when the news first broke he was being ridiculed and disowned. If he was caught with a female, we would have probably chuckled, and keep it moving. Hot 97 has not made any plans to get rid of him as of yet which is a good thing. I think the only thing that he would probably suffer is the lack of additional gigs on the side going forward and his reputation. We as society seriously need to cut out the nonsense, and start accepting the fact that some of our favorite entertainers in the black community may be homosexuals. In the end it should be all about the music, and not their sexual preference.

-Ms Scripter
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