OJ, ODB, Kanye And Other Bad Moments In Black History
Historic events that we try to not pay attention to
You know the saying "all money isn't good money" right? Well, all black history isn't good black history either. While we love to celebrate our biggest accomplishments during the month of February, we can't act like their aren't any defining moments that we turn a blind eye to.
In case you wanted a couple of reminders, Loop 21 figured we'd share a few of them with you. Feel free to list some of your own moments in the comments section.
Wu Tang Love Da Kids
At the 1998 Grammy Awards Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Diry Bastard went down in the history books when he jumped on stage during a presentation to remind us all that he spent a lot of money on his suit, and that "Wu-Tang is for the children." While we all felt where he was coming from, it did feel like we were watching that one family member that we all know not to invite anywhere. Of course you know every black person that went to work the next day was asked "who was that guy in the red suit?"
Pimpin' Aint Easy
You always love to see black folks win. But some awards we kind of wish we didn't. In 2006 Three Six Mafia won an Oscar Award for Best Song with their track "Hard Out Here For A Pimp," from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack. While it was endearing to hear the guys thanking Jesus and their mothers, you can't act like you didn't hide your face a little bit in the living room. Years later, it's still hard out there for a pimp. Black films don't get nominated for Oscars and according to George Lucas, Hollywood doesn't want to support them neither.
The Glove Didn't Fit
You should still be a-damn-shamed of yourself if you jumped around in the street or ran up and down your high school hallway after you heard OJ was not guilty. It's sad that this is one of the only times that black folks actually felt like justice was served. Looking back at the video, it doesn't look like OJ or his lawyers (except for Johnny Cochran) can actually believe that they won the case. Oh yeah, in case you forgot, OJ still never showed up at any Soul Train, Essence, NAACP or BET Awards after this either.
Don't Trust a Man with a Beard
We had a hard time deciding which fight was worst. The night that Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas, the night that Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear off, or this bout on an Oakland bus between a black dude and a guy that has become known as "Epic Beard Man." This video showed exactly why some black folks just need to shut their mouths sometimes. This video also goes down in history as the first time anyone has heard of an "Amber Lamps."
Putting the "Really?" in Reality Television
This was truly a dark time in black television history and no, that wasn't a rip on Flava Flav's skin complextion. In 2006, Flavor of Love's season finale broke cable ratings records as 7.5 million viewers tuned in to watch Flav pick his main squeeze. The popularity of this show pretty much opened hell's floodgates giving way to numerous spin-offs as well as the foolery that we see on shows like For Love & Hip Hop and The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
The Biggest Blow to George W.
In 2005 Kanye West was still just another rapper with a few hit records. His clean cut image came off as very non-threatening and got him invited to shows such as this Hurricane Katrina TV benefit, but then this happened. While Kanye definitely said what most black people were thinking at the time, it proved to be more embarrassing than empowering.
From Gangsta Rapper to Victim
Similar to the Epic Beard Man fight, the genre and image known as "gangsta rap" pretty much died the day Sticky Fingaz of Onyx let a skateboarder beat him up on live TV. Really, how are "gangsta rappers" going to be taken seriously if this is what happens to them when they are put into combat?
Too Smart for TV
In 2005 BET hit a new low when rumors surfaced that they refused to play videos by rap group Little Brother because their music was "too intelligent." At this point many black people gave up on BET altogether. It's one thing to "give the people what they want." It's another to hide other things from them.
Not All Kings are Created Equal
We still can't quite get enough of this clip, plus it coincidentally happened at the start of Black History Month 2012. A couple of weeks ago, Bishop Eddie Long became the first ever African-American Baptist Jewish King of Church, we think? We don't quite know what crown or dominion Eddie Long was given in this video, but it looks like a pretty big deal. Before this the only black kings we had in America were Martin Luther and Chris Webber when he played in Sacramento.