Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Mo'Nique Show

She is UNIQUE MISS MO'NIQUE!!!!!!!!!!

 Mo'Nique has emerged as a woman to behold with a television show that is not for everyone. Bravo!!!!!!

American television is an interesting cultural terrain that can engagingly and effectively globally link the lives of people through media interconnectedness.  Too often, its creative producers allow bland "same ol' same ol' " programming formulas to jam our media space with fluff that leaves one grumpily channel surfing or clicking off the channel changer while running desperately to the Internet for its newer, edgier formated- whether conservative or liberal- program options. Miss Mo'Nique is a breath of fresh air for a select audience. And, she holds urban-smart fabulous reigns on late night diversity without compromising authenticity by smoothing out rough edges into paliative audio-visual brain-fluff.

Her show is one of the most delightful shows on the waves today, TV or Internet (recorded versions are available through YOUTUBE and BET.com). She presents actors, musicians,writers, producers, directors, politicians, artists, intellectual culture warriors. She provides a nurturing creative sharing space to link the world--check out the National (U.S.) Premiere of Nigerian singer 2face idibia.

Mo'Nique's show with Funk legend Bootsy Collins was another iconic airwaves segment. On the show to present his new CD, Collins, along with Rev. Al Sharpton, paid tribute to gifted, yet controversial musician, the late James Brown. Sharpton noted Brown's positive impact on him as a young man. Collin's credited Brown as a driving spark for many young musician's carreers-including the young "Lion" Bootsy.

Their memories of youthful interaction with Brown are corroborated in The James Brown Reader: 50 Years of writing About the Godfather of Soul (edited by Nelson George and Alan Leeds) and also in The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved The Soul of America, by James Sullivan.1

Bootsy's candid interview shared parts of his life journey as a musician and revealed his perspective on his internal creative purpose.  "I wanted to say something. I came from a generation that said something that inspired you." When asked about his music, he also stated, "The Funk to me is making something out of nothin'. Take what we got and make something happen. We made a joyful noise even when "crap" was goin' down."   And make something happen he did. With female bassist Debra Killings-women instrumentalists' contributions to the music is another topic altogether waiting in the wings--Collins put down the funk live.  For those unfamiliar with Collin's impact on not only Funk music but also other genres, Unsung has a revealing documentary (approximately an hour long) that illuminates the light and heavy side of Bootsy Collins. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oeaeGmqL2M

Mo'Nique is in the house, bridging generations, allowing people to tell their story, inviting us into her front room to share her interests in keeping it fo' real with sometimes very frank, difficult conversation, cultural complexity, global connectedness, artistic relationships, family. She is unique Miss Mo'Nique.

Peace, ya'll
delores fisher

 1. African American "Contemporary Popular Music" is an emerging scholarship field along with the study of traditional American "Popular Music" in general. In its fairly nascent stages, scholars and documentors are collecting information for more critical examination of various aspects of African American contemporary musicians lives in the context of American social-cultural history.

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