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Not a PARTY – A Get Together

In Politics, TV Shows on July 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Are We There Yet

Yes I’m an early fan of Ice Cube’s “Are We There Yet” TV Series, starring Terry Crews and Essence Atkins on TBS. Please tell me you’ve been watching it. “The Get Together” was Episode 10, Nick thought it would be cool to have a “Get Together” with his wife and kids of 1 year. Mostly because everyone seems to be moving in different directions – socially – and he wanted to induce an-in-house “family social” that everyone could enjoy.

The menu was pot luck and wouldn’t you know, everyone that turned up brought store bought potato salad, except for Suzanne, who actually made her famous home made potato salad at Nicks request. He insisted a party isn’t a party without it….and obviously all of the guest felt the same way; there were big bowls of potato salad on every table… end and coffee table included. The house swoll up with guests invited by guests. Suzanne ended up kicking everyone out by saying, “That’s it! Everybody out! This party is over”. Everyone in the party turned at once and replied, “It’s not a party, it’s a get together”. What is it with black folks, get togethers and potato salad?

Are there hidden urban messages under these storylines?

Absolutely – the tv series is chalk full of “messages”: Like Suzannes young son keeping the lotion on his night stand…and he’s not ashy. GiGi, (Suzanne’s best friend) won’t date a guy she doesn’t like but will let him spend a months worth of his salary on her and Lindsey, (Suzannes daughter) @ the mall. (GiGi’s not a miner, but she was gold digging).

Once there was a soul food scene in the “Viral Video” Episode 7, where they lightly made repeated mentions about how over indulging in greasy, fatty, fried foods could lead to diabetes and high blood pressure. We laughed — but the message was dead on.

Nick (Terry Crews’ character) is a good show of a black man who works for himself (small business consultant) and stays successfully afloat in his relatively new relationship with his wife Suzanne, (a stay at home mom/artist). Parallel relative.

The politics of the show are pretty reflective of the average black, formally educated, two parent, middle class family – and it’s funny too (as the truth usually is). It is always good to good to laugh at thyself. 🙂

I’ve DVR’d every episode and watching them with my kid is time that I treasure,
I’m Qui
Supporting Ice Cube’s work feels like a party – but it’s really a familial get toether.

Are you watching yet?
Channel: TBS