If Michael Jackson were alive today he’d be celebrating his 55th birthday. As a child raised by a single mother, Michael was my obsession, boyfriend and father-figure.
Here are some of the things Michael Jackson taught me as I was growing up!
Through his words and music Michael Jackson taught me that we are all one, we are equal, and it don’t matter if you’re Black or White.
Take Care of the Earth
Wait To Have Sex
Well, he didn’t really teach me not to have sex, but because I was so in love with him as a teenager and no boy could hold a candle to him, I kept my legs closed for a long time!
Thanks Michael – I love and miss you!
Some of you have the attitude that racism and its effects are a thing of the past, but the fact that a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family has caused what is being called “racist backlash” proves that America has some real and sick issues with race.
However, I also wonder if Cheerios knew exactly what they were doing and this commercial, like all advertising, was created to cause a stir and make a ton of money. I’m already seeing messages online of people saying they are going to buy more Cheerios. Well played!
I was recently thinking that interracial families should be represented more in major media and then this happens. Be careful what you wish for! What Cheerios did was groundbreaking and from what I can recall, they are one of the first major companies to use an interracial family to market their product. Although State Farm does have a commercial with an Asian man, a Black woman, and a baby that talks; but it’s not totally clear that the child is his.
The only thing I find remotely offensive about the Cheerios commercial is the fact that this little girl, who looks to be of reading age, seems to not be able to read the huge “Heart Healthy” on the back of the Cheerios box! Not only that, she also didn’t believe her father when he told her that Cheerios is heart healthy. Who did she believe? Her mother! Is it a feminist Cheerios commercial?
Or…are people upset because the brotha is on the couch having a nap while the White lady is at the table writing checks for a stack of bills? I dunno; I’m reaching for something other than race because in a world where Barack Obama is the President of the United States, this commercial should be considered commonplace. It is just as cute and silly as the majority of other commercials on TV and like most commercials, it didn’t make me want to buy the product.
What Do YOU Think?
Music is one of those subjects where everyone has a different idea of what is “best”. Some people only like certain genres, such as rap or pop, while others may prefer show tunes or classic country. However, there is one area doesn’t seem to get as much attention as others, and that’s television theme songs.
Television theme songs have to have several things going for them:
- Catchy, every theme song needs to be memorable.
- Suggestive of the show it is used for, you don’t want a song about happy things for a show featuring dark subject matter.
- Easily recognizable, when you hear the song you should immediately think of the show.
The best television theme songs, though, take on a life of their own and become hits in their own right.
There are many television theme songs that have struck a chord with music fans throughout the years, and the 1970’s certainly had their fair share. Shows like “Barney Miller” with its iconic theme song’s bass line are still remembered to this day, in large part because of their theme songs and the musicians who performed them.
“Welcome back Kotter” not only launched John Travolta’s career, but it also had a number one hit with “Welcome Back”. Written and performed by John Sebastian, formerly of The Lovin’ Spoonful, the song even had an impact on the show, which was originally just going to be called “Kotter”, but Sebastian couldn’t find any words that would rhyme with it.
Like the 70’s, the 1980’s had many television shows that could be easily identified by listening to the theme song. “The Fall Guy” featured a pseudo-country theme performed by the star of the show, Lee Majors. And everyone can probably recognize the military inspired theme of “The A-Team”.
However, one of the most iconic TV theme songs from the 80’s is probably the theme from “Miami Vice”. Miami Vice was about police officers who dealt mainly with drug dealers and con men, often going undercover to infiltrate and take down the bad guys. While innumerable pop and rock songs from popular 80’s recording artists were used during the show, its Jan Hammer’s electronic instrumental theme that people remember most about the show. Jan’s theme hit #1 on the charts in America as well as several other countries, and even won several Grammys.
The 90s were very good for television themes. Shows like “Night Court” and “The Golden Girls” had memorable themes, as did shows like “Full House”, “Living Single” and “Sister, Sister”. Perhaps no show from the 1990s was as iconic or popular as “Friends”. From frolicking in large outdoor water fountains during the opening montage to its offbeat sense of humor, “Friends” was destined to be a hit, as was the theme song.
“I’ll Be There for You”, by The Rembrandts, may be the most unique case among all popular theme songs. Originally under a minute long, the song was re-recorded by the band into a 3 minute song more suitable for release on an album or as a single.
The song was then released on The Rembrandt’s third album, but wasn’t released as a single initially because record execs feared the impact the single could have on album sales.
The single, once released, topped various Billboard charts in the mid-nineties, reaching the #1 position and holding it for several weeks, but by the early and mid-2000s had begun making its way onto “worst songs of all time” lists put out by magazines and radio music shows.
Television has had its ups and downs, and some moments of pure genius. However, a memorable, well written theme song can do as much to cement a show’s legacy in pop culture history as the most well written episode of the entire series.
Author Byline: Polly Godwin is the owner of KineticFountains.com, a company specializing in outdoor water features, outdoor water fountains and more.
I know, I know…I promise this is the last blog about commericals for today, but I am strangely attracted to the man in this commerical. No, not the fake French dude, but the guy having car trouble. I wonder what his name is and if he’s married!
Cycle 6 America’s Next Top Model Winner, Dani Evans, is featured in the first commercial below and I love it because she’s a chocolate sista and lord knows we need more dark women on TV! The soundtrack is funky too; it makes me want to go to Target and break some stuff! Check it out!
Just when I thought I was at rock bottom I hear that The Dangerous Lee News & Entertainment Network has been featured on with Kathie Lee & Hoda on Black Friday during their Kathie Lee & Hoda With The Scoop segment! I didn’t dare believe it until I actually saw and heard it for myself. When I actually saw it, I lost it! What an amazing accomplishment for me and the writer of the featured article, Susannah Perez. I’m so happy! My hard work is finally starting to pay off.
The ladies talked about whether men look sexier with something on or in their birthday suits when coming to bed, with Hoda saying she prefers her men to be “wearing something”. Me too because a lil’ reveal is always nice! I want to thank the producers of T as well as Hoda and Kathie Lee, even though Hoda left out the “dot” when mentioning DangerousLee.Biz, it appeared on screen for close to 2 minutes!
Read the article titled, “” to find out what Kathie Lee & Hoda are smiling about. PS: I prefer to sleep in the nude! Purr 😉
Note: Thanks for the heads up, Toby Brazwell!
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This music video, made by D-Fro (a producer/MC out of the Owosso/Flint area) and directed by label mate Tim Evans, promotes you to never give up on yourself, even if the world around us wants us to sometimes. D-Fro is an advocate for self-discovery and awareness of world affairs. Check out more at www.fb.com/dfromusic.
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