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Stacia L. Brown

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When Parenting Feels Like a Fool's Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown

(53) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 1:28 PM

I don't want to talk about the boy and the sneakers peeking out from the sheet crudely draped over his corpse in the street, because I have been happy this month and it is so rare that I'm happy and that you, at age four, don't have to touch...

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The Importance of Mothering on Your Day Off

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 7:13 PM

This is the fourth Mother's Day I've celebrated as a parent. The first year, I'd been carrying my daughter for six months, and my aunt and uncle bought me a bear holding a pillow that commemorated the holiday. Later that night, alone in my apartment, I sat the stuffed animal...

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No Shame Day: Working to Eradicate Mental Illness Stigma in the Black Community

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 4:19 PM

It is the family folklore, whispered into humid huddles in the corners of summer reunions: She ain't been right since that no-count husband of hers left her; all she needs is a good man and she'll come back to herself. It's the code words, the shorthand, the oversimplification: Oh, he...

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Colored TV: Week in Review

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 11:52 AM

Colored TV is a new PostBourgie feature that looks at television series through the lenses of race and class.

For our inaugural feature, we figured we'd focus on two shows that'll be gone for a while. This Tuesday, Parenthood wrapped its third season with a sudden wedding, and on Wednesday,...

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In 'Unsung,' Ray Parker Jr. is your cool uncle

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 7:15 AM

In keeping with this season's trend of featuring musicians who haven't faded into bitter oblivion, this week's Unsung heralds the career and eventual semi-retirement of Ray Parker Jr.

If you're a child of the '80s like I am, Parker Jr. will forever be linked...

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5 Contemporary Soul Cyranos

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 3:10 PM

So many of us are drawn to the strong silent type. But sometimes, brothers can be a little too silent. And if this inability or unwillingness to engage in open dialogue about critical issues comes at a crossroad in your relationship, the silence is more than uncomfortable. It's downright alienating.

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Full Force's Unsung is Actually Fun!

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 7:35 AM

Let's face facts. Most episodes of TV One's groundbreaking docu-series Unsung are pretty disheartening. As we observed last season, the woeful coulda, shoulda, woulda tales of mismanaged funds, drug abuse, and untimely deaths read as surefire instructive texts on what not to do, if you ever find yourself on the...

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Vesta Williams 'Unsung': An Uplifting, Heartbreaking Look At An R&B Dynamo

(70) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 12:48 PM

One of the biggest black pop culture shocks of2011 was the sudden passing of Vesta Williams in September at age 53. Her unexpected and untimely death was just one in a long string of mysteries surrounding her life. What happened? Where had she been? Why...

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Five Great Black TV Christmases

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 1:18 PM

It's hard for a sitcom to produce a Very Special Christmas Episode, without it seeming overwarmed, cliched, or just plain ol' corny. But every once in a while, a show can pull of a yuletide episode that makes the season that much merrier. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:

1. The Bernie Mac Show, "Road to Tradition"

Disheartened by the kids' materialism after they find their gifts and unwrap them early, Bernie cancels Christmas. He takes all the decorations down and leaves the kids alone in the house with their gifts, taking his wife Wanda on a riding tour of the neighborhood Christmas lights.

Halfway through the ride, they begin missing kids. Upon returning home, they find the house re-decorated and the gifts re-wrapped.

Best moments: As Bernie takes down the nativity scene, he mutters to each piece in the set. "Move your ass, donkey," he grumbles at one point. Also great: the side-eye Wanda gives Baby Girl's "homemade" egg nog after sniffing it.

2. Everybody Hates Chris, "Everybody Hates Christmas"

As usual, times are tight for Julius and Rochelle. So they decide that it's time for Chris, the oldest, to go without a Christmas gift.

Initially, he's crestfallen -- he wanted a Walkman -- but on Christmas Day, when he gets a calendar, he puts on a brave face. Tonya and Drew offer to share their gifts with him.

Best moments: Chris's best friend, Greg, gives him a George Clinton cassette: "I figure when you do get your walkman, at least you'll have a tape." Also great: Rochelle overcompensates for not getting Chris a gift by letting have the big piece of chicken, total control of the TV, and exemption from punishment.

3. Everybody Hates Chris, "Everybody Hates Kris"

Next Christmas, Chris gets a job as a store elf so he can pay off the gifts he has on layaway, then he catches pneumonia.

Best moment: Julius, upon finding out about the layaway, pays off the balance.

4. A Different World, "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls"

A Different World had a Christmas ep almost every year of its run. The only reason this one, a retread of the grossly overused A Christmas Carol trope, beats the others is because of its adapted "12 Days of Christmas" carol: "Two butts a bumpin'--and a MC Hammer CD!"

Best moment: Dwayne and Freddie, having married in the future, have a redhead girl and a boy who wears little flip-up glasses.

5. Martin, "Go Tell It on the Martin"

I love, love, love this episode of Martin, where "Brother Claus" takes holds Martin's TV Christmas special hostage until Martin reconciles him with his estranged wife (What's Happening's Shirley Hemphill).

Best moments: where to begin?! A terrified Bebe and Cece Winan's, "Find mah baby, clown!" "Yeah, find his baby, clown!", Mrs. Claus' appearance, the toy dynamite and the live grenade, the dynamite stick in Pam's weave; the awesome little people dance performance that begins with "Christmastime is Here" and ends with "Rapper's Delight." I mean, take your pick!

Hopefully, you've been able to catch a few of these, as they've reaired this week on TV One and/or BET. In the meantime, post a comment and tell us which Black sitcom holiday specials are your...

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School Suspension for a Crush? Not Cute

(29) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 10:22 AM

Let me paint you two portraits. The first involves a twenty-year-old, walking down an unfamiliar D.C. street at dusk. She's on her way to a concert at a church and fears she may have hopped off the Metro at the wrong stop. The street is deserted for about a block,...

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Can 'Dixie' Ever Be Post-Racial?

(7) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 4:20 PM

I hadn't written about the CW's Hart of Dixie until now, because it involves admitting that I'd watched beyond the pilot. I have. I've watched almost every episode. (The same is true of 2 Broke Girls, even though I vowed not to watch past the second episode -- and renewed...

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Random Midday Cuteness: Baby Loves Biggie

(17) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 12:11 PM

Oh, man. This is adorable.

(We wondered if it's just "Hypnotize" that works and found out, per the dad in the video's YouTube responses, that she also enjoys "H to the Izzo.")

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Community - Season 3, Ep. 7: "Studies in Modern Movement"

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 11:46 AM

"I don't want a candy cigarette. I want our Annie."

There were 3.5 storylines in last night's Community. The quote above is from the only one of them that felt like it belonged to the sitcom I've come to love. In general, this season to date has been a bit...

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'The Bluest Eye' in a Brave New World

(15) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 2:56 PM

The mirror does not tell you who you are. It is an objective pane, delivering unbiased reports: here is a nose; it has two nostrils -- one of which is adorned with a ring. Here are your ears; the lobs are attached. And there are your equidistant eyes; they function...

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Five Black TV Couples Who Shouldn't Have Married

(72) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 5:32 PM

For all of society's hubbub about blacks and their many roadblocks to wedded bliss, you'd think pop culture representations of black marriage would be scarce. But black, happily married couples crop up on TV pretty often. There's Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv; George and Weezy and Lionel and Jenny Jefferson;...

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Is Reed Between The Lines A Winner?

(33) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 12:10 PM

Sitcoms are a tricky genre to pull off in 2011, and this fall's mixed bag of offerings are proof. Some went retro, opting to bring back the live studio audience. Others settled for that old and crusty standby, the laugh track. Few continued the bold trend started relatively recently: letting...

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The Problem with the Alex Arc on Parenthood

(23) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 3:10 PM

As of last night Michael B. Jordan ended his riveting, sympathetic arc on NBC's Parenthood (or so I think. He could return, and it would likely benefit the show if he did, but more on that later).

Now that he's gone, I can talk about him -- and the...

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Community, Season 3, Ep. 1: "Biology 101"

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 1:01 PM

Thursday marked the third season premiere of NBC's cult darling, Community, and we PostBourgie Human Beings couldn't be more amped. When last we left our motley study group, they were "sleeping on" their decision of what class they'd take together in the fall semester. In this episode, we find out...

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The Defining Moments of Dorm Life: Frazier, Simpson, and the Murder at Bowie State

(11) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 3:25 PM

Humiliation burns. It's a slow heat, originating in the ankles and creeping with excruciating slowness until it reaches the face and waters in the eyes.

I felt it's familiar sting two months into my first semester in college, when I returned from an evening class to find that my roommate...

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Five Things We've Learned from Four Seasons of Unsung

(27) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 4:55 PM

1. Fame is a bull hellbent on bucking you.

Every act profiled on TV One's hit docu-series, Unsung, was chosen because their hopes for superstardom were somehow dashed and/or their immense talent has been under-heralded. But after four seasons of watching tale after tragic tale of love, loss, betrayal, and...

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