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The Stranger

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger Who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer And soon invited him to live with our family. The Stranger was quickly accepted and was around From then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my Family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom Taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger… He was our storyteller. He would Keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, Mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history Or science, he always knew the answers about the past, Understood the present and even seemed able to predict The future! He took my family to the first major league Ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The Stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem To mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of Us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to Say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.) Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, But the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not From us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, However, got away with four-letter words that burned my Ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol but the Stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made Cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments Were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally Embarrassing.

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were Influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he Opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked … And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved In with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly As fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into My parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over In his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and Watch him draw his pictures. His name?…. We just call him ‘TV.’

He has a wife now….we call her ‘Computer.’ Their first child is “Cell Phone”. Second child “I Pod ” And a Grandchild: IPAD

- Unknown (via wordsnquotes)

coolghost:

tv show. white man. hes sad. he has to do important thing but its hard. his girlfriend died probably. TWSIT!! theres another white man. maybe MORE. hes sad too but for different reason. its very deep probably. theyre best friends but not gay but maybe they are haha fandom!!! every girl dies or goes away. just not gay white man friend. 10 seasons 100 million viewers. what will moody white men do this week.

I can, and have, watched whole seasons of TV shows in a weekend.

Don’t tell me I’m not dedicated to the task at hand, pal.

(Source: sassyfeminism)

Mar 2

I wish big books still came out as TV movies like when I was a kid, with all your favorite TV actors in roles they didnt fit in at all.

A new CBS show starring a bunch of white people.  I’m in shock.

Feb 1
2brwngrls:

storiesofsisterhood:

I would often watch this show with my mother, trying to categorize my future self and friends as these characters. I didn’t fully appreciate or understand the complexity of their friendships until I got older. I did remember my mother’s sadness when the show stopped airing new episodes. I also didn’t fully appreciate or understand that even grown Black women needed to see diverse representations of themselves and their friendships on television. 

Girlfriends is SO IMPORTANT. People really sleep on this show. A while back I made a post about how important Denise Huxtable was as a representation of a black woman - she was quirky and “alternative” and was very much allowed to be that, to make mistakes and find her own way despite her parents expecting her to choose a more traditional path. The meaning, the threads we see in a character like Denise Huxtable continue into Girlfriends with a character like Lynn - she was once again that bohemian, carefree black girl who wasn’t punished for being “different” and furthermore had episodes exploring her mixed identity and her blackness. But beyond that with these four characters we had four very different shades of black womanhood - with Maya who smashed stereotypes of the quote-unquote “hood” single black mother, to Toni who was difficult and self-centered and put up this icewoman front (a carefully crafted facade built up after years of abuse from her alcoholic mother), to Joan, deliciously neurotic and goofy, vulnerable but totally ride or die for her girlfriends. And what was refreshing is that while they all had their romantic storylines and workroom drama, unlike a lot of shows the heart of the sitcom was really about their friendship and community. It was definitely different after Toni left but I think even that storyline was important, because we just never really get to even see the fallout that losing a friend can also cause. Not to get too deep about Girlfriends, at the end of the day it was just a sitcom (and a funny one at that), but in an age when most of the shows about black female friends on TV are reality shows like Love & Hip Hop and RHOA, that mostly show black women tearing each other down, the absence of Girlfriends is really felt. 
- Z

2brwngrls:

storiesofsisterhood:

I would often watch this show with my mother, trying to categorize my future self and friends as these characters. I didn’t fully appreciate or understand the complexity of their friendships until I got older. I did remember my mother’s sadness when the show stopped airing new episodes. I also didn’t fully appreciate or understand that even grown Black women needed to see diverse representations of themselves and their friendships on television. 

Girlfriends is SO IMPORTANT. People really sleep on this show. A while back I made a post about how important Denise Huxtable was as a representation of a black woman - she was quirky and “alternative” and was very much allowed to be that, to make mistakes and find her own way despite her parents expecting her to choose a more traditional path. The meaning, the threads we see in a character like Denise Huxtable continue into Girlfriends with a character like Lynn - she was once again that bohemian, carefree black girl who wasn’t punished for being “different” and furthermore had episodes exploring her mixed identity and her blackness. But beyond that with these four characters we had four very different shades of black womanhood - with Maya who smashed stereotypes of the quote-unquote “hood” single black mother, to Toni who was difficult and self-centered and put up this icewoman front (a carefully crafted facade built up after years of abuse from her alcoholic mother), to Joan, deliciously neurotic and goofy, vulnerable but totally ride or die for her girlfriends. And what was refreshing is that while they all had their romantic storylines and workroom drama, unlike a lot of shows the heart of the sitcom was really about their friendship and community. It was definitely different after Toni left but I think even that storyline was important, because we just never really get to even see the fallout that losing a friend can also cause. Not to get too deep about Girlfriends, at the end of the day it was just a sitcom (and a funny one at that), but in an age when most of the shows about black female friends on TV are reality shows like Love & Hip Hop and RHOA, that mostly show black women tearing each other down, the absence of Girlfriends is really felt. 

- Z

I dont get it Hulu, why do you not carry the whole season of the show?  Six episodes at a time?  What if I’m trying to catch up?  I need to see from the beginning.  Y’all aint getting no more money from me.  Fuck y’all!

A CBS commercial for being the most watched network of the year and they use one line from Criminal Minds.  Its Derek Morgan looking hot as hell but still, one line.  Its a quick commercial so I didnt expect much but other shows make it clear what show you’re seeing…The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mentalist, Person of Interest, and that new Robin Williams show.  How the hell does the new Robin Williams show get more coverage than Criminal Minds?  WTF, CBS?  You bug the hell out of me.

Dec 1

Can I borrow $100 so I can L.A. Law Season 3 & 4 on DVD?  They are never, ever, ever going on sale.  I know a small company is making them, for the fans, but $50 is kinda steep.  And my family isnt the richest so I cant even really ask anyone to get them for me for Christmas.  I guess I’ll wait til my birthday and wont feel so bad about spending that kind of money on myself.  Ooh, or maybe tax time.  Yeah, that might be good.