Do Better Thursday: Doing It Wrong! – 01.15.10 to 01.21.10

“Doing It Wrong…”
  • Basketball league seeks to level the playing field by making it “Whites Only.” OK, last I checked this wasn’t from The Onion and is indeed true. The league commissioner, Don “Moose” Lewis, states racism has nothing to do with having an all-white league. “There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing, I don’t hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like. Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch? That’s the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction.” The Do Better Movement would like to apologize, we’ve decided the level of ignorance of this situation is far too high to directly respond. Simply posting it is enough.
Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
  • Wondering what happens when commercial rap meets “next day loan” services??? Look no further than Mo’ Money Taxes. No really… Mo’ Money Taxes and not these Mo’ Money cats. The Do Better Movement, once again, would like to apologize for not directly addressing this issue. The “Negro Dialect” content exceeded our expectations, time and resources to adequately respond. Also, we regret to inform that you will hear Sam Cooke’s “Change Is Gonna Come” in the ad. It is advised to take a moment of silence after viewing.
¿Se Habla Español?
  • Two actors formerly of respectable sitcoms return to the small screen to premiere… this??? Tuesday night TVOne presented America with “Love That Girl” starring Tatyana Ali and executive produced by Martin Lawrence. Where to begin… I watched 1.33 episodes of the 2-episode premiere train wreck and I should have stopped long before then. Around the time the ultra-flamboyant-stereotyped-out homosexual couple appeared on screen is when I should have decided to Do Better. Nothing to do with the sexuality that was portrayed on screen, it was the manner in which it was done. Imagine twin Robin Williams in Birdcage to-the-max in every shot they appeared. I kept on… quickly there was another opportunity to jettison the TV. The central character, played by Ali, visits her fathers real estate office and is rudely confronted by the receptionist. If I was watching with my sisters the cord would have been yanked out of the wall and The Autobiography of Malcolm X would have been cracked opened and recited. Now I’m guilty of this, however I dislike the use of the word “ghetto” as an adjective. As long as I’ve known the word, it has been and still is a noun;  not a characterization of a person, thing or action. I loathe the day it’s announced that the definition of the word has officially been expanded as such…I know it’s coming. With that said, her loud, lewd, short-sighted and ignorant antics are synonymous with term “ghetto.” Moving on… the TV steady going. The father is introduced as a tough and successful real estate agent. Great! Something positive and worthwhile, there’s hope yet! That hope was quickly dashed, it turns out the brilliant father real estate agents database is a phone book. Now that might not be a big thing but it was the needle that broke the camels back. In 2010, where kids have cell phones at age 5 because of the chance of an “emergency,” why in the hell would a writer think having a real estate that uses a phone book would be funny??? I damn sure didn’t laugh… and I actually yelled out “Are you f##k!n@ serious???” when I saw a typewriter on his desk. Yet, the TV remained lit and channel unchanged. During this time they solidified Ali’s shiftless brother, who lives on her couch, as indeed shiftless. Enough is enough. I’m not sure the goal of this series. Outside of the theme song, I find no redeeming qualities. The creator, writer, director, saboteur Bentley Kyle Evans said that he shopped his show to BET first and they passed it up. How bad must a show be if BET says “No thanks, we’re good with destroying Black America with what we’ve got going.” Evans also stated that he’s following the footsteps of Tyler Perry. The 4 episodes sold to TVOne for $1.2 million (apparently half the cost of ONE! “so-so” sitcom on a major network) were shot in a total of 5 days. If there’s one thing this show has gotten right it’s the Tyler Perry method of sitcom. Thanks, we needed more of that. *fade out*
On behalf of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson: Please Do Better. 
to all those listed above…

do better,

– dre’ of

2 responses to “Do Better Thursday: Doing It Wrong! – 01.15.10 to 01.21.10

  1. To the fundamental basketball league…I am reminded of Zora Neal Hurston…their eyes are watching…entertaining sports STILL…I suppose it is nice to know that intramural sports doesn't end after college…As for the mo' money bastids… A Plague on their houses!That is all…

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