Madea: Playing The Devil’s Advocate

Tyler Perry's Madea

Upon writing this article, the words of Spike Lee came into my mind: We’ve got a black president and we’re going back. The image is troubling and it harkens back to Amos ‘n’ Andy. And, for what it’s worth, he seems to be right: Tyler Perry does perpetuate the same stereotypes concerning the African-Americans. However, […]

Living Single – Moving On Up, One Step At A Time

Living Single

Fox gambled a lot when coming up with this idea of presenting the lives of 4 single African-American women living in New York. It was a somewhat original concept, which improved an already existing one: unlike The Cosby Show or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (or even The Jeffersons), this new series wanted to remove […]

A Hypothetical Conversation With Marla Gibbs

Marla Gibbs as Florence Johnston

Marla Gibbs is one of the few original cast members that are still with us to this day. To this day, her most important role seems to be the one that also made her famous: the feisty maid Florence Johnston in The Jeffersons. In one of her interviews, she says that she was actually working […]