Archive for Dave Chappelle

LeVar Burton And His Living Hell With Reading Rainbow

Posted in Entertainment, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

LeVarBurtonI’d thought I had a childhood-bubble-popping-clutch-the-pearls moment when I clicked on a link from actor LeVar Burton’s Twitter page where he writes a confessional article. In it, he states how much he hated the beloved children’s show, that ran for 26 years, Reading Rainbow.

“Hoping to escape Reading Rainbow’s clutches, I started taking any role I could get. I’m proud of some of them: I played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Martin Luther King in Ali. But you know what the most challenging role of my career was? Hosting Reading Rainbow and acting like I gave a shit about getting kids interested in books.

Fact is, I couldn’t care less whether kids learn to read. There, I said it.”

As a kid who grew up loving this show since, pretty much, its inception way back in 1983 my mouth was agape at reading on his reflections. My reaction was, almost, akin to when I saw Wayne Brady doing that now infamous Dave Chappelle skit. Mr. Burton seems like such a nice guy, who was one of the few POC role models back in the day, and here he was, basically, saying, “F*** those kids!”

But, I laughed my butt off and re-read his article after realizing that it wasn’t to be taken seriously. You see, unbeknownst to my dingy self I neglected to see who he’d written the article for – The Onion.

Thanks for the belly laughs, LeVar Burton. Now I can go back to reading Abiyoyo. Link!

(Image courtesy of Flickr user library_mistress)

UPDATE! It turns out LeVar Burton didn’t write The Onion article after all. From his Twitter: “Attention all un-believers THE ONION is satirical parody of news events and meant to be enjoyed as such! No I did not write it! Relax, OK?”

Share

Pro-Marijuana Show Hits The Airwaves With Positive Reception

Posted in Entertainment, Fitness & Health, Food & Drink, Movies, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

medicalmarijuanaThe NY Times has an article about a new local show in the L.A. area called Cannabis Planet where viewers can learn about history, cultivation, legal issues, and even cooking with marijuana.

Despite being taken off the air by one television station, the shows executive producer Brad Lane has received only positive attention and more revenue from advertisers since Cannabis Planet found a new home with another station.

“ ‘We’re trying to show the legitimacy of this plant,’ Lane stated.

“Marijuana use has been depicted in the media for decades, though its presence has waxed and waned over the decades, from Cheech & Chong’s comedy albums and films in the late 1970s and early ’80s through more recent pot-centric efforts like Dave Chappelle’s ‘Half-Baked’ and Seth Rogan’s ‘Pineapple Express.’ On television, though, it has rarely risen above the level of a plot device or punch line — until recently.”

(Image courtesy of Flickr user tharms5)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL NY TIMES ARTICLE

CLICK HERE FOR CANNABIS PLANET’S WEBSITE

Share