“What Now?” is Kevin Hart’s fifth major LIVE stand-up outing. I had the fortune to attend the second set on his stop in Boston last night at TD Garden — he killed it. I LOVE comedy shows! Over the years I’ve seen Paul Mooney, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, each of them two or more times.
All three of Bobby Ray’s studio releases have made the Funkalicious lists of best albums of the year. Ever since his first CD, “B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” this talented performer and producer has been droppin’ musical bombs that have exploded beyond the genre of hip-hop. In addition to his official records, B.o.B. has also released the mixtapes “No Genre” (Import), “No Genre Pt. 2” and “New Black.”
The year is half-way over as summer is upon us. The first five months flew by to me, but since 2012, my thinking has been that 2013 & 14 are merely set-up and transitional for 2015. I don’t even know why I’ve thought that way, “it’s just a feeling I’ve got.” I personally moved to Boston this year and graduated from college last year, so perhaps it was just the transitions of my life that I foresaw.
Last night was a historical one for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Headed by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American to hold the position, diversity was exemplary at the Oscars. Hosted by the Fabulous Ellen DeGeneres, the list of winners and nominees was multi-cultural as well as valid, in that they made poignant statements regarding sexual; age; gender; class; and racial discrimination. This was the best thing about the winners and nominees of this year’s ceremony.
If you haven’t heard yet, Lil’ Kim is pregnant. A fan more so of her presence in hip-hop than her music, I met Lil Kim when she was promoting her first album “Hard Core.” At four feet and eleven inches and chocolate brown skin, her FUNKY reputation had preceded her. The reserved young lady I met, was not the wild child I expected.
Bill Stern was a radio and a TV sportscaster from the 1920’s-1960’s. In the 1950’s, Ziff-Davis published Bill Stern’s sports stories in the form of a comic book series entitled Bill Stern’s Sports Book. Volume 2 # 2, published in the winter of 1952, contained a story featuring Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey. You can read this comic below.
Treasure Chest Comic vol. 7, #20, June 5, 1952, featured a biography of Jesse Owens in which his undermining of Aryan supremacy in Hitler’s Germany at the Berlin Olympics of 1936 is recounted, as is his subsequent recognition by post-Nazi Germany.
The Joe Louis Champion of Champions #2 comic book was published in the early 1950’s by Fawcett publishing. This was Fawcett’s way of breaking into the Black comic book market. You can read this comic below.
I Spy is a secret agent TV adventure series that ran for three seasons, from 1965 to 1968. I Spy teamed Robert Culp, who played international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill Cosby as his trainer, Alexander Scott. I Spy was groundbreaking because it was the first American television drama to feature a Black actor, Bill Cosby, in a lead role.