Posts Tagged ‘Clueless’

This is not D hall – This is a COURT of LAW

In Communication, Griot, News, TV Shows on February 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

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Do you remember when valley-talk and looking cluelessness started to trend, socially? It was in the early 80’s and its parents were the writers of SQUARE PEGS and then a few years later CLUELESS was born. Lucky us, the show CLUELESS single handedly revived the valley-talk trend for another generation or two.

It was apparently so catchy, that neither of the shows have run for decades now, but cluelessness and valley-talk have survived and are thriving quite well on the lips and tongues of million of teens (and even some adults). Like, AWESOME. Right?

What’s valley talk? It’s the (teen) annoyance of putting the word LIKE in front of everything you say. God help you, if you’re trying to get instructions from a girl utilizing valley talk, because it’s LIKE impossible to get a straight answer. A Florida court witnessed clueless and valley-talk first hand via Penelope Soto’s demeanor and responses in the video below:

What happened there:

Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat sentenced Penelope Soto for her disrespectful court conduct. She stood before the honorable bench the day after she was arrested for possession of XANEX. The court clerk asked Penelope if she owned anything of substantial value: money, cars, homes, jewelry, etc. Penelope said “yes.” When the judge asked her to elaborate on what specifically she had of value, Penelope said, “jewelry.” The judge then asked her to how much jewelry did she have, at which time Penelope responded: “A lot.” The judge asked again, “how much?” Penelope responds, “LIKE Rick Ross.” This is when the public defender began to chime in (off camera), “I’ll make it easy for the court respectfully, I’ll step in for her at this time.” But Judge Rodriguez-Chomat responded, “No, I’m not gonna appoint you because she owns a substantial amount of jewelry….”


Then Penelope flipped Judge Rodriguez-Chomat the bird and said, “F%#k you!” For that – she received a double fine totaling $10,000.00, was held in contempt of court and sentenced to 30-days in the county jail.

Maybe now Penelope will feels more like Rick Ross after all. Doesn’t jail time give you mad street cred?

I don’t know. However, if you ever have to go before a judge in a court a law, and are wondering about how you should conduct yourself, please read this first: COURT ETIQUETTE

What happen to personal pride and integrity showing?
Was it over taken by valley talk & the cluelessness growing?

Life is not D hall at high school in the principles office.
Life involves a court of law and a double fine for bliss.

Square Pegs and Clueless were both cancelled long ago,
I’m Qui
saying GET A CLUE and let the disrespectful LIKE-stuff go!

It could land you 30-days in the hole,
and surely that’s NOT where you want to go.

BLACK TV Sitcom Stuff Pt. 1

In Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on May 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Recently I read a great article in Entertainment Weekly called:

“The Rise & Fall and Rise Again of Black TV”

Such a befitting title. Isn’t it? So good, I had to re-type it for peeps that don’t receive the monthly magazine in print. READING is fundamental and KNOWLEDGE is golden::

Entertainment Weekly — Two years ago broadcast TV officially got out of the African-American sitcom business. The CW canceled the long-running Girlfriends in 2008, and the following year it yanked both Everybody Hates Chris and The Girlfriends spin off, The Game— also known as the last two successful black-eccentric shows on network television. ••►But today something is saving black TV from becoming as outmoded as Bill Cosby’s acrylic sweaters: basic cable, where scripted programming is experiencing explosive growth. In January, BET revived The Game to a record-breaking 7.7 million viewers–which is three times the audience it got on The CW and, in fact, twice the size of anything on the teen-skewing network now. (Sorry Gossip Girl.) The success of The Game and BET’s Queen Latifah produced romantic comedy Let’s Stay Together, which also premiered in January, has spurred the network to develop Reed Between the Lines, a new fall sitcom starring Girlfriends Tracy Ellis Ross and The Cosby’s Show’s Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Meanwhile, VH1 has joined up with Queen Latifah, who will be exec-producing its new dramedy Single Ladies (debuting in May 30), starring Clueless’ Stacy Dash.

In reality, this new generation of African-American-focused scripted TV can be traced to TBS’ success in 2007 when it acquired House of Payne from the proven brand of Tyler Perry. (Some 222 episodes later, the network recently announced it would be ending Payne but staying in the Perry business with For Better or Worse, an adaptation of his film Why Did I Get Married?) The reason for the big ratings and latest development rush is simple: pent-up demand. “I’ve had plenty of people say to me that it’s great to see something on TV that represents them”, says Jacque Edmonds-Cofer, exec producer of Let’s Stay Together”. “It’s also important for people to see that every African American woman is not a Real Housewife”. Adds VH1’s exec VP of original programming, Jeff Olde, “I think our shows should reflect the country we’re living in– go, Barack and Michelle! We’re thrilled that we have a large number of African-American women who watch us, and quite frankly, we’re always looking for new stories to tell.

Both BET and VH1 set their programming in response to direct viewer demands. BET first ran The Game in reruns, which sparked an onslaught of fans begging for the network to revive the show. VH1 initially shot Single Ladies as a TV movie, but market testing on the project garnered a “crazy ridiculous response,” Olde says. “[The marketers] SAID, ‘Not only do they want you to make this a series but the audience will actually be mad at you if they don’t see where these characters go next’.”

The ratings for the black-centric shows that have already premiered bear this out.

This concludes Part 1.and wouldn’t you know,
you don’t want to miss the conclusion — because it’s good to go…