28 years ago “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” premiered on NBC. Starring, a 21 year old Willard Carroll Smith Jr (as Will)
Last week, I came across a video of Janet Hubert on Facebook. While most people know Will Smith, few people know Ms Hubert by her given name. However, she is known the world over as the original Aun’t Viv, she was 34 years old, when the show premiered.
M’s Hubert, was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid at the beginning of the fourth season. Rumors suggested Ms Hubert was difficult on the set of the sitcom, bumping heads with cast members and it’s star.
For the last 25 years years, Mr Hubert has been in a one person feud with Will Smith. She has blamed him for her inability to get work, her financial situation and her son’s attempted suicide.
In her July 16th (2018) you tube post, she directs the video directly at Mr Smith. In addition to Smith, she attacked Perez Hilton, the black community and called Bet and Vibe the nigger networks.
It’s clear she has been trolling the Smith family, wife Jada and their children. She wants a face to face meeting with Smith .While she does acknowledge, Mr Smith’s kind words about her, she want’s to talk to him about events that took place more than 25 years ago.
When I look at her other you tube posts, she quickly lashes out at anyone who questions her or disagrees with her. It appears she is angry with former cast mates reserving most of her ire at Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro who has been critical of her. From what I’ve seen, when ever she is on TV, Will Smith is front and center. She insists the cast members dislike each other. However, the cast seem to be in contact with each other and speak well of other cast mates. With one exception in 1993, where he told a Atlanta radio station she was fired, he has had nothing but positive words about his experience with Ms Hubert.
While Smith and family have gone on to live their lives, its seems Ms Hubert life is stalled in the past and its very clear that she is comfortable looking rearward. Every now and them the Smith’s are asked to respond to something Ms Hubert has said to the press and from what I can see both Jada and Will are gracious.
There are many Ms Hubert’s who despite their words find comfort in the past. Blaming an event, an individual or individuals, a parent or someone or something that prevents them from moving forward. With a well rehearsed story, so fresh it seemed it happened yesterday.
Many of these people need this narrative that was so damaging that they are unable to move forward.
For many of us, it is an excuse. Everyday people with challenging lives are fired, everyday someones heart is broken, we lose someone, and we are disappointed.
Hearts take time and isn’t a preset healing time. While some heart’s heal sooner that others, there are a few people who are so broken, they reject the healing process, they pick and reopen the wound to perhaps, keep the story fresh.
For some, the benefit of reliving the event is the sympathy it generates. Rarely does the narrator include a timestamp, when the event took place. In doing so, it reduces the impact of the story.
One wonders if these people are able to move on. Janet Hubert has spent 28 years angry. A lifetime.
Sacramento is the fastest growing big city in the State of California. The capital city has seen a 9.4 increase in rent, three times higher than the national average and double the states average.
With rents averaging $1700, the Capital city has become an attractive and lower cost alternative to renters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County. The city has become popular with Millennials. Sacramento, is the third most popular destination after Seattle and Nashville.
The new arrivals aren’t challenged by the rent prices
In Sacramento, fewer landlord are offering yearly leases ,opting for month to month agreements where they can increase rents with a 30 notice. Many long term renters have experienced several rent increases this year. After 16 years in a South Land Park Apartment, one tenant received 3 rent increases in less then seven months. Her dishwasher and disposal hasn’t worked in more than two year. Today her rent is 62% of her income and she is not alone. Sacramento’s eviction rate is more than twice the state average.
Don’t believe the Hype, not everyone is leaving California for Texas, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona, the state’s population continues to grow. Nearly 40 million people call the Golden State Home. There is a housing shortage in most population centers in state with Sacramento being one of the worst in the nation. According to Yardi matrix , Sacramento ranked 90 of the 96 markets. While Sacramento needs 2700 units annually to meet demand, only 593 apartments were completed in 2017.
While there has always been a need for affordable housing, the city eased requirements shortly after the Real Estate bubble burst and reduced funding for the program.
The Basic Myth
Rent control will stop construction on new housing units……..
In most cities in California, (including Sacramento) apartment construction are at record levels. Even in cities with existing rent control laws. Developers set the rent on new developments, once occupied, the cities rent controls would apply.
Passage of Proposition 10 in November would allow California cities to place rent controls on new development.
(If the developer cant make a viable profit they may choose not to build.)
Tenants will not leave their rent control apartments, resulting in an shortages.
The objective data, doesn’t support this.
It very clear, Sacramento’s Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s and some members of the city council do not support any form of rent control. His support of temporary measures disappointed many attending the rent control workshop last night.
Steinberg: “I do not favor permanent rent control in our city,” “I believe building more affordable housing is the best way to stabilize rents.
Funding for affordable housing may take 7 to 10 years. The reality for his constituents is they needed rent relief yesterday. They needed relief the first hour he took office.
(Government: I want you to know we understand what your going through, needing shelter from the rain. Currently there isn’t funding for umbrellas. I have instructed my has been instructed to locate funding. Finding a source may take some time, but I assure you we will make this a top Priority. After a few necessary meetings with governmental agencies, we should get funding for that umbrella you clearly need in two years, nine years tops! )
Mayor Steinberg, supports a cap of 5% on annual rent increases that would expire after three years. The cap, would apply to apartments older than 20 years.
This is a slap in the face for renters in the city. He has excluding more than a few thousand apartments units, built during Sacramento’s last building boom between the late nineties to 2007. What happens to rents after the cap expires?
Council members Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra and Rick Jennings suggested mediation be available to tenants if a landlord attempted to raise the rent by more than 6 percent. Their plan would also make it mandatory for landlords with more than five units to offer 18-month leases, which Jennings said isn’t as extreme as rent control and would help stabilize rental rates.“ According to their proposal, if a tenant who receives a rent increase of more than 6 percent within a 12-month period requests mediation, they must still pay rent, plus the 6 percent increase, until the dispute is resolved.
Mediation? Rent control let talk about it? This proposal is completely absurd!
This was clearly written by individuals who a have close ties with developers or own property in the city. Rent control isn’t a new language, there isn’t a code to crack. Not only is there several resources available members of their staff could make calls to cities along I-80 as Richmond, Berkeley and San Francisco have rent control legislation in place. There is nothing ambiguous in those cities agreements. In San Francisco, rent increases are limited to 6% a year* no meetings, the landowner would need to get permission from the city to increase rents beyond the cap. (* The landlord can exceed the cap if capital improvements are required)
Sacramento currently needs 2700 units of new housing annually. In time, the demand will only increase. The city’s homeless population is growing by the hour. Sacramento has joined, San Jose, San Francisco and many other cities with employed individuals living in their cars, camping in our parks, because they cant afford housing. According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, in 2016, 78 homeless people died within the county. But in 2017, 124 people died: an increase of more than 150%. One homeless person dies every three days.
This issue of housing and homelessness isn’t just a Sacramento problem its a national problem. Its a national disgrace. Ignored until it overwhelms.
The primary issue isn’t rent in the the new developments in Sacramento. It is the exorbitant rent increases renters are experiencing all over the city. Long term tenants are facing rent increases because the landlord can. Resulting in fear, insecurity, and helplessness.
Proposition 10, may not be the answer to the state’s housing shortage. It is an reaction, to the inaction of local government . The noise generated by the renters of Sacramento have forced Mayor Steinberg and company to look at rent control. Their proposed fixes won’t slow the bleeding Sacramento.
A genuine approach would be an ordinance that would immediately cap all rent increases to 6% city wide. An ordinance that would prevent evictions without cause. (which would prevent landowner from evicting tenants to circumventing the law)
Tax incentives to those developers that include market rate housing in their projects. Incentives to developers who add housing to their projects throughout these adding additional intensives for developer to build near light rail stations. These projects could be managed thorough Sacramento’s Housing Authority. Returning to reality, none of these are likely to happen.
Renters of Sacramento,will have to make rent control a part of law. There is no need to have to re-invent the wheel as several templates There are rent control advocates in the State that will participate in penning the law.
Lawd have mercy, Lawd have mercy, LAWD HAVE MUR-CEE!! This effing rapegate may FINALLY BE OVAH! Between Kandi and Porsha. I think after one apologies this one my have stuck.
Speaking of stuck, Bravo has stuck us with this lame reunion. They are holding some of us captive, until next week when we finally see Nene and Wig go at it… And fuck! (yeah I said it) it better be Epic!
This reunion much like this season has been much to do about Nothing. Speaking of nothing why is Marlo still here? Marlo doesn’t appreciate, Kenya calling her a HO. (not a garden tool) When Andy, (who I might add is keeping this reunion afloat with his own shade) ask Marlo how does she make her money? She tells Andy, she dated a billionaire. Who is not Ted Turner. The billionaire, bought her home and her mothers home and her Aston Martin. And she has a LLC ” Simply Marlo”. Kenya! “We see each other”
Andy asked Nene about her epic breakdown in Oakland. (Telling a heckler-she hoped she would get raped by a Uber driver) Nene seemed sincerely sorry. Sheree was offended. Next.
Eva, came out having contractions. (Dr Jackie is on call) She and Cynthia had a few moments regarding Will. Was he seeing someone the same time as he was seeing Cynthia? Of course this is one more example of this stupid season. Cynthia and Will weren’t anything to each other, so WHO CARES IF HE WAS DATING ANOTHER WOMEN!!!!!
Cynthia has moved on and is seeing someone else. Shady Andy suggested that Cynthia explore her clear attraction to women.
Bravo played us!
It was all a tease. The sit down with Wig (Kim to her friends) was saved for the last few minutes of last night’s episode.
Nene’s back was erect. She came out looking good in a red dress and her red solo cup (Houston is there a problem?)
Andy, an equal opportunity shade master asked her “What the end game on the lip” (This destroyed twitter)
They began with the Elephant Room . Where Kim told Cynthia to be quiet and look pretty. Kim says she never suggested that Cynthia is lucky she’s beautiful because she’s not capable of much else. The Receipts says your a lier. The footage shows Kim saying that Cynthia is lucky she’s beautiful because she’s not capable of much else.
Another dig from Andy: He compares Kim’s pivoting tendencies to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Then Kim asks, “Who the hell is that?”
A moment with Dr CityFella:I’ve always suspected Nene rage towards Kim is love. Outside of Sheree, Nene has known Kim more than 10 years. It was Nene who suggested Kim come on to the show. and Unlike Sheree, these two had a genuine friendship. Nene said, she saw Kim at the mall and she believes Kim saw her and didn’t acknowledge her. The Elephant room was another attempt to patch the hole in there friendship.
Kim, insist she never say Nene at the mall. or took a photo of her car in the handicapped Then we see the footage of her doing what she said she didn’t do. Bleep, Bleep, Bleep,
Southern Charm “New Orleans” Premiered after the Housewives has promise. The Real Housewives of the Potomac, looks good this season. Beverly Hills has one more episode before the Reunion and its about to go down at the Hampton’s in New York (read my review) Bravo is going to have overhaul Atlanta, we deserve better.!
You have to give to Bravo, sometimes the directors are shadier than the castrates. Tonight’s episode was okay, nothing earth shattering. However for me, your big old shady blogger its was all about Yovanna, a friend of Nene.
Nene and Gregg were hosting a couples party “Boobs and Bourbon. This year it wasn’t held at the Leakes (all white) compound, where would be grown ups spilled drinks and messed up
At this event there are new people, old friends, other halves, Eva and her fiance Michael, Marlo date wasn’t in a wheel chair and breathing mask, he was a fortyish caucasian (that some suspect was a member of production crew (that why we didn’t hear how they met) but he has a nice smile and good disposition.
We get to see Tanya (the new girl) and her fiance Paul, Porsha officially brings Dennis, who abandoned his ATL hip hop swag and came in dressed like an black insurance man who works in a Irish neighborhood. He came dressed in a green suit white shirt and yellow tie(some people called him a leprechaun). We will have to wait a bit longer to meet Cynthia’s boo (Mike Hill) she brought a spare,who she calls a good friend. We also meet friends of Nene, Yovanna (in a bright yellow dress) and her husband.
At the beginning of the event, there is wine tasting. The camera’s plays close attention to Yovanna’s drinking as is it less of a taste and more of a swallow. As the guest’s move to the main room. We hear Yvonne say’s something like about some bitch better hurry up with her drink. By his expression, her hubby knows she is leaving this dimension.
Eva, tells Yovanna “its nice to meet you” Apparently this riles her. It seems that Eva and Yovanna went to Clark Atlanta University. and they have a friend in common, in fact the friend is gonna be in Eva’s wedding.
Suddenly there is DRAMA! Not from Dennis and Kandi, he’s heard all the stuff she has said about him. Not even from Porsha and Kandi. Its Yovanna. she’s very annoyed. She tells Eva, You said its very nice to meet you, as if this is the very first time we met? I don’t recall meeting you. Eva Responds. THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE!! I was THAT BITCH “Yavonna” from CAV! Yavonna says emphatically! Youvanna’s husband buried his face in his hands in total embarrassment.
When someone asked her why was so this important? She said I’m trying to find out why she never spoke .
In her confessional, Eva said ‘There is absolutely no way I would hang out with someone who would opt to wear a flammable dress reminiscent of a banana flavored condom”
The episode began with a little tease from Bravo, we see male legs descending the stairs at Lake Bailey, who was slicing strawberry. It wasn’t her new boo (Mike Hall), it was Noelle’s father Leon.
Cynthia and Leon are the coolest parents on reality tv. Not only are they good friends but they are one when it comes to parenting their daughter, with Leon being more the disciplinarian of the two. Cynthia, wants her to have fun and get her own apartment, Leon wants her in a dorm and using public transportation.
We then get to visit Tanya Sam’s home and learn she and her fiance spend a lot of their time between Atlanta and San Francisco. Nene tells her the girls like her but wonder why after three years hasn’t she married?
Porsha meets with Kandi to talk about Dennis and tattoos in such. Porsha reminds Kandi, how Kandi doesn’t like it when people talks about her. And she isn’t concerned about the tattoos. Porsha tells her, most people’ vagina’s and penis’s aren’t exclusive. Kandi comes back with, but we don’t tattoo every bodies names on us that we gone had sex with. Kandi admits to being messy and seems genuinely concerned about Porsha, moving too quickly in the relationship with Dennis. Note: The problem is two fold. Their relationship is mending and they are not close. The other is, a true friend would talk to her first about her concerns and not tell everyone in the Atlanta Metro Area.
The episode ended in Dennis’s loft. Its his birthday. A chef his hired and is preparing a buttery feast ( and I mean buttery-did you see the hunk of butter on those biscuits) for twenty. Nothing low cal (I fucking love the south)!!! Porsha brings up the gossip about them. He tell her everyone has a pass including Kandi, and he knew about her back in the day. But hey it was back in the day.
He give her an gift of an expensive necklace and she gives him to boxes. The first one contains baby shoes and the second contained baby clothes. Confused, Porsha told him she’s expecting.
Overcome, Dennis rested his head on her shoulder, showing he had been crying as he finally lifted his head, with her telling him: ‘I love you.’
Later, she said in a confessional: ‘I have never had someone love me the way he does.
‘I have never had someone want to be there for me. So that’s why this pregnancy is like a miracle to me. Because I am starting to see all these things that I have prayed for and wanted for so many years actually happen.’
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There she was……… topless!!!! Ramsey Beth Ann Bearse ” Miss Kentucky 2014
Sometime between August and October sent four topless photos via snapchat to her former student who is 15.
The boy, a was student at the Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia from the sixth to the eight grade where Bearse was a teacher.
The parents of the student found the pictures on his phone AND they weren’t happy and called authorities.
Twenty eight year old Bearse admitted to the police pictures of her boobies and chest area to the 15 year old who was her student
Last Friday, the former beauty queen appeared in Magistrate Court in Kanawha County. She is now free on $1000 cash bond. If convicted of the felony count, Bearse faces a maximum of five years in state prison and a $25,000
What is a happy day for you? To find the best answers, dance teacher Karina Sillmann began asking the children, ages 7-12, in her class in Aschaffenburg near Frankfurt.
Even over the holidays, amid the gift-giving and glittering Christmas markets, happiness for them boiled down to the immaterial. One girl said her most joyful day was baking cookies with her mom. For others it was simply spending time with their sister, brother, parents or anyone they love.
“I like the honesty that children have and I was curious of their answers,” said Sillmann, who began collecting their answers in the form of letters. “It shows that the simple things make us happy.”
An avid world traveller, Sillmann sought to hear what happiness is for children around the world – from Bolivia to Thailand. In February, she started Children’s Happy Days project, and through the blog and connections in other countries, began asking for letters from around the globe.
Sillmann has now received 52 letters from 16 different countries, and responds to each of them personally – sometimes through the help of friends who can translate, as was the case when she received a letter from a boy in Thailand.
She published the letters on her website as a way of reminding people what happiness is when seen from a child’s perspective.
When she travels abroad on holidays, Sillmann also participates in other sports projects with children, be it surfing on the Portuguese coast, or football in the hills of Bolivia.
The dance-enthusiast observed how movement makes children happy – abroad and at back at home. “A happy day to me is a day on which I can dance or do gymnastics. I just feel well then,” wrote a 10-year-old student from her class.
Letter reprint courtesy Karina Sillmann. Photo: DPA
Other non-materialistic experiences that give Sillmann’s students joy are finding a new song to dance to, or inventing their own dance moves, she says.
In general happiness lies in their favourite hobbies such as reading books from a particular writer, playing an instrument or doing sports.
Toyota Camry has been the best selling car in America for more than two decades. In the last few years the Honda Accord was the second best selling car in America. Last year, Toyota and Honda introduced all new versions of the Camry and Accord and while the cars two remain the best selling cars in America. Sales of the two cars are substantially lower than 2017.
Its not just Toyota and Honda, most passengers cars are crawling off dealer lots. With one exception, nearly every automaker is offering incentives to move passenger cars off the lots as American tastes have shifted to SUV’s.
Kelly Blue Book says passenger cars sales are down 12% this year. Autodata says passengers cars represented 32% of all vehicles sold this year. This is a major drop from 2015 when passenger cars represented 51%.
General Motors has spent billions in developing new fuel efficient cars. The newest generation Chevrolet Impala and the Chevy Cruise received some of the best reviews for the brand in decades. Consumer Reports said the Impala was the best in class. And despite the good reviews both models are under preforming, selling fewer cars than the previous generation.
General Motors revamped its stodgy Buick and Cadillac divisions with Cadillac building cars that can out maneuver Germany’s best. The problem is no one wants the relatively new Buick Lacrosse and the Cadillac’s CT6.
General Motors recently announced they were closing down five plants in North America. The Lordstown Ohio plant that builds the Chevrolet Cruze. The Hamtramck Plant in Detroit that builds the Chevrolet Volt, Buick Lacrosse and the Cadillac CT6. Transmission plants in Michigan and Maryland and the plant in Oshawa, Ontario that builds the Chevrolet Impala. An estimated 14,000 workers will be affected.
Donald Trump is outraged. During his candidacy he promised to increase auto manufacturing jobs. To punish GM, he’s threaten to cut all subsidies. The President is particularly angry about the closing of the Lordstown Ohio plant,in state that overwhelmingly supported him in 2016. It was a foolhardy promise, as no one can predict changes in the marketplace.
While our president was tweeting, the auto industry changed. Automakers like Volkswagen, Hyundai Kia and General Motors underestimated the popularity of the SUV’s and no one predicted the popularity of Tesla and Electric Car.
Preparing for a New World
Some believe in the next few years fewer people in urban areas will purchase cars. A new generation is embracing ride sharing and other modes of transportation. Technology is allowing millions to work from the home and the growing demand for Electric Cars may, require a different type of auto worker.
For years, domestic automakers ignored changes in the marketplace. In the early 70’s Americans were attracted to the low prices and quality of the Japanese automakers. The Ford, Chrysler and General Motors (The Big 3) responded with mediocre small cars. The profits for the Big 3, was in large cars with V8 engines and trucks
In 1973, (OPEC) The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries stopped sending oil to the US. Resulting in fuel shortages and higher prices. Buyers, of fuel efficient small cars, abandon Ford, Chrysler and General Motors for small cars at Toyota, Datsun (Nissan) Honda and Volkswagen. Many of them continued buying cars from the Japanese Automakers.
When Gas Prices increased again in the early 2000′ American Automakers heavenly invested in SUV’s Despite slowing sales American Automakers continued to build over saturating the market. The industry was to slow to react to changes in the industry, the demand for more fuel efficient cars and trucks.
General Motors one of the largest automakers in the world and Chrysler needed a bailout loan from the government to remain in business.
General Motors Positioning Itself for the Future
If the Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had their way, GM would continue to build unprofitable vehicles to keep their constituents employed.
To avoid a catastrophic 2008 meltdown, General Motors and other automakers are being proactive.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra is implementing billions of dollars in cost-cutting measures in preparation for the next economic downturn. Shifting the company’s focus toward costly, emerging technologies such as autonomous and fully electric vehicles.
Shrinking its employee ranks is part of the plan, especially on the manufacturing side of its business, but GM also is sending a message that it’s working to change the makeup of the work force that remains.
“We are going to continue to hire, because when we look at the skill sets that we need for the future, the vehicle has become much more software-oriented, when you think about the hundreds of millions of lines of code that are in a vehicle that operates today,” “That’s only going to increase.” Mary Barra
Just the first round……….
This is just first round of layoffs and plant closures. Ford Motor Company is planning to stop building every sedan except the Mustang, and the Focus which will be built in China. Unlike General Motors, Ford doesn’t plan to close any plants, however some shifts may be eliminated. Most of Fords sedans are assembled in Mexico.
Tesla and the new world order
A few years ago the California Air Resources Board required 15 percent of cars sold in California to be all-electric, plug-in hybrid electric or hydrogen vehicles. This requirement would cost the industry billions in an untested market. Billions more to build a hydrogen car. Initially most of the industry converted gas engines for short range electric engines in existing models. In 2010, GM Introduced one of the first plug in hybrids, the Chevrolet Volt, which allow the car to drive on pure electric power for up to 60 miles and then the car combustion engine powered the car and recharged the battery.
Enter the California Fuel Cell Partnership: In January 1999, two state government agencies—California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission joined with six private sector companies—Ballard Power Systems, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, BP, Shell Hydrogen and ChevronTexaco—to form the California Fuel Cell Partnership. Headquartered in West Sacrmamento. The goal was to demonstrate and promote the potential for fuel cell vehicles as a clean, safe, and practical alternative to vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. Within a very short time, other government agencies and private businesses became members. Today, the members include Hyundai, Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota, Honda and General Motors. Today there are three hydrogen fuel cell cars for sale in selected markets. Honda Clarity, Hyundai Nexo and the Toyota Mirai. The challenge for hydrogen vehicles is suppliers of hydrogen and a network of fueling stations.
In 2010 Nissan introduced the Leaf, one of the first all electric cars sold in several countries including the United States. Nearly 400,000 Leafs has been sold globally. Most of the Leafs sold in the US were sold in California. Initially the Leaf had a range of less than 80 miles. The newest models have a range of 151 miles.
In 2012, Tesla Inc. A small company in Northern California. Introduced the first full size luxury, all electric car called the Model S. The standard Model S had a driving range of 208 miles, more than double the Leaf . Buyers could increase the driving range to over 300 miles by opting for a larger battery. By 2016 the Model S was the second best selling electric vehicle in the world.
While sales of nearly all combustion engines passengers cars are down. Sales for Tesla’s Model 3 us up over 400% It was the sixth best selling sedan last month in the United States.
American and Domestic automakers are investing more than 100 billion dollars to bring more electric and hydrogen vehicles to the marketplace.
The transition in the Auto Industry is troublesome for Donald Trump as some workers will not survive. The proactive measures taken by Ford and General Motors to avoid a repeat of the 2008 meltdown may not be good for the President, however it is good for America.
Live the joy, pain, romance and riffs with Midge Maisel — then Slay with RuPaul and Nail It! with Nicole & Jacques
Sparkling. Romantic. Awe-inspiring. Nostalgic. And occasionally, exhausting and a little saddening. That’s the holidays for you. That’s also “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” returning for its second season in fine form and not a moment too soon.
Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the comedy side of the TV street is a ghost town this fall, save for a few bright spots like “The Good Place” and other carry-overs from prior seasons. Even the best half-hours lack the impeccably choreographed banter, staging and, well, choreography of Amazon’s Emmy-winning hit.
To remind us of this, the season opens with a whirlwind dance through the cosmetics department of B. Altman and Company, the legendary and long-gone luxury department store where Midge works.
This ballet has another purpose beyond dazzling the viewer with a showy, triumphant spectacle to announce the series’ return. As smooth and elegant as the dance is upstairs, it’s executed with a higher degree of difficulty in the basement, a claustrophobic space where Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) has been banished with the rest of the women who work the switchboards.00:00
At various points it becomes too much for her colleagues but Midge is a talker. Connecting physical phone lines with robotic precision is nothing compared to stacking one joke on top of another as a room fills with people watching in judgment. Indeed, when others have to stop to catch their breath, Midge simply sails in, covers for one co-worker, then another, and another, on top of her own duties.
This dance, such as it is, is about as mesmerizing a depiction of a miserable situation as one can think of. Switchboard duty is purgatory for Midge, a woman who worked the Revlon counter like a champion until she crossed the wrong people.
But even her moonlighting career as a comic is giving her and business manager Susie Myerson (Alexis Borstein) a touch of tsuris – and in Susie’s case, more than a touch. Midge’s big mouth is gaining her a reputation in the comedy world, but it’s also getting Susie in a lot of trouble. And while Midge has the fallback of her parents’ well-appointed apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to retreat to, Susie can only fold herself, miserably, into her tiny, grubby basement flat.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” heads into its sophomore run with a slew of Emmys tucked into its clutch, including deserved individual awards for Brosnahan and Borstein and the gold for Outstanding Comedy. It has nothing to prove, in other words. Nevertheless, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and fellow executive producer Dan Palladino aren’t relaxing. As if that were possible.
These new episodes dance, literally and figuratively, with razor sharp dialogue and pointed timing. Everyone in the cast waltzes through every moment with impeccable timing and neon-bright vitality — Brosnahan most of all, and Borstein alongside her.
But in these new episodes Marin Hinkle and Tony Shalhoub receive more room to explore a fuller range of Midge’s parents Rose and Abe, an opportunity they seize beautifully as Sherman-Palladino takes the duo to an unexpected locale and even less expected emotional places there and after. Even Michael Zegen receives new colors to play with in Joel, who unexpectedly transformed from unappreciative jerk into a contrite, tragic wreck in the final moments of season 1.
All together this cast leads us into the struggle Mrs. Maisel’s rising star story, with Brosnahan meeting almost every obstacle with acid and fire and pearls around her neck. Better still, each of these characters, in their own way, take hold of their dreams, a theme that envelops the first three episodes in ways that can only be described as lovely.
But dreams are fickle, unpredictable things. Catch them and they might buck uncontrollably in your hands, or bite and escape. Or even more devastatingly, maybe they materialize exactly as you pictured, welcoming you to sigh and soften into their embrace before suddenly dissolving into nothing, like spun sugar splashed with the cold gutter water from a careless vehicle speeding by. We call it reality.
“Mrs. Maisel” depicts all of these outcomes and turns through its characters — through a subplot involving Abe and Rose in Paris, through Joel’s bitter striving and through Midge most of all. None of their dreams take them exactly where they envisioned, and yet in every case, what they get seems to be some version of what they want.
A season opening subplot involving Paris is at times as gorgeous as the picture Vincente Minnelli painted with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in 1951, and much in the way of most of the series’ scenery about as impeccably choreographed. The series presents it as a siren song inside of which Rose, at least, is ready to exist completely. But there’s that hulking car again, reality, and all of these characters are hitched to her.
Midge, for her part, trudges through the uphill battle she created for herself by crossing the wrong people in power in season 1, an additional obstacle to the garden variety sexism in comedy she and Susie were already facing.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” original came, saw and slayed just in time to win the mantle of being the first great comedy of the #MeToo Era — well, that and all the Emmys. But Sherman-Palladino insists that its thematic resonance is purely coincidental.
That’s true: Season 1 was underway long before October 2017 and long before the long-standing rumors about a comedy giant were hauled up to the mic, bringing along with it serious discussions about gender discrimination in the comedy world.
Still, one of Midge’s best rage-fueled onstage gallops, steamed up following a parade of slights foisted on her by male comedians envious of her friendship with counterculture comic Lenny Bruce, has a tinge of specific fury about it.
“All comics are comics because something in their lives went horribly wrong. Something went to shit,” Midge observes in one of her therapeutic unburdenings before an audience — performed, it bears adding, on a Tuesday at midnight after she’s been shuffled around to make room for her “betters,” a.k.a. the male comedy regulars at a venue where she’s doing her best to break in.
“But men, those over there and men in general, are the only ones who get to use comedy to close up those holes in their soul. They run around telling everyone that women aren’t funny. Only men are funny!”
Then she asks the audience to think about what fuels comedy: oppression, she says. Lack of power, sadness and disappointment. By abandonment, she says, and humiliation. “Now who the hell does that describe more than women? Judging by those standards, only women should be funny!”
This joke is set in the late ‘50s, but it would have killed yesterday, or in 2017, or any year before that. Midge Maisel speaks to us across the eras with a message of solidarity and determination, and that’s still a marvel.
“Mrs. Maisel” is a hoot for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being Brosnahan’s ability to transform the character’s chronic diarrhea of the mouth into a captivating quality. Wherever she is, if there’s a crowd and a stage – and a chair counts as a stage, to Midge – she’ll find a way to spin out a bit.
But this also underscores the ways that Midge is far from perfect. There are the usual reasons for this, which she lists in the aforementioned observation. But there’s the problem of her profile growing along with her ego, while her filter for propriety fades. A scenario involving a priest is just short of galling, not for the content but, in part, for the unlikeliness of it.
This is one of the instances where the Palladinos stretch believability a bit too far; surely the still-proper Mrs. Maisel can read the room a little, and knows when to be blue and when to keep it kosher. Especially given the fact that the aforementioned scene did not take place in a bar, and had nary a rabbi in sight.
Nevertheless, these are blips. In large part, these new episodes of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” give off enough light to see us through the darkest days and, unlike this festive time of year, they don’t wear out their welcome.* * *
Considering these queens’ love of metallics of all varieties, it’s amazing RuPaul Charles hasn’t sent his “girls” on tour for some kind of crazy drag version of a season follies. But at least this special is free with the price of admission, i.e. cable, unless you’re stealing said cable, which makes it just free.
What’s wonderful about this special, aside from its very existence, is that it’s digging way back in to the stacks of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” to return beloved favorites such as Latrice Royale, Kim Chi, Jasmine Masters, Sonique and, of course, Shangela, to the runway to compete for the title of America’s first “Drag Race Xmas Queen.” Eight queens enter, but only one will take the holiday star. And as a bonus stocking stuffer, an extended first look at “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4″ is tucked into the rear.* * *
‘Tis the season for baking and sugar shock, for burned cookies and pastry debacles. Over-ambition is the root cause in all those cases and when it happens to you, it’s nothing to laugh at. Holiday holds the expectation of homemade dreams baked until golden and gingerbread architecture. Most of us can’t meet such demands. Most of us suck at baking.
Isn’t it nice that Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres are offering us a chance to redirect our baking frustrations into taking joy in the cake fails of others? Take comfort in watching masterful confectionary creations be copied, badly, by people who aren’t afraid to be the soggy bottom of a longstanding TV joke. And maybe be nicer to the holiday bakers in your life. They’re under a lot of pressure and doing the best they can, imperfectly and otherwise.
Kandi B was warned, but sugah pie honey bunch just couldn’t help herself. When she first learned of Porsha’s new man Dennis and his dating history. Todd told her to keep it to herself any random gossip never ends well.
Kandi B, quickly ignores Todd and has a question and answer moment with a chick Porsha beat up and Carmon . Where she learns a lot of stuff about Dennis. I think Carmon told her to keep the information local (between them) I’m not sure if Kandi is trying to be this seasons Sheree (the bone carrier) but the question is WHY is she so invested in Dennis and Porsha’s relationship? She’s doesn’t know Dennis and she and Porsha aren’t close BUT things are starting to improve between the two of them so them only conclusion is Kandi is just being Messy!
And so she continues …….She tells Marlo ,Cynthia and Nene. NENE advises Kandi not to tell, not to talk about it and then blabs to Porsha! ( of course Nene denies this) Porsha has hit the reset button on her friendship with Kandi.
Last nights episode began in Porsha and Dennis meeting Porsha’s mom, Diane. Last week Porsha met Dennis’s mom. This is all very interesting when you consider no one has proposed. While Dennis’s mother wasn’t feeling the relationship and talking about prenups and giving Porsha the side eye. Porsha’s mom is all in, taking about Porsha’s 37 year old eggs and saying that Porsha is glowing and looking good. Dennis tells Diane ” I wanna get married one time.
Shamari maybe an open book but hubby Ronnie isnt there for it. At Cynthia’s house she gave the ladies the 411 on their open marriage. the experiment that almost ended their marriage. First she tells his mother and then she tells the world. Ronnie is not happy with his wife sharing their news. The couple spends ten grand for their twin sons first birthday, including nearly a grand for the twins cake .
Nene and Gregg has hired a nutritionist. They learn that more cancers tumors have been found and the doctor recommends chemo. Nene and Gregg has heard many negative things about chemo therapy and is looking for alternatives.
Last night we meet Eva’s mom Michelle. To be fair , she comes off as a bitch. Its clear Eva doesn’t have Nene and Kandi cash, Eva working within a budget. She’s trying on gowns that cost more than her Jeep. They meet to pick out Eva’s wedding dress. But mama is very critical from the gown choices to the guest list. From her attitude, its her wedding not her daughter’s This breaks Eva, there are tears. The bitch doesn’t look up as her daughter is crying. Eva may be better served by excluding mama from the planning for her own sanity.
Eva has been bit shady of late, and I love her shade. Whats not lovely is her back bone., she doesn’t seem to have one. When called on it she runs, she spins. Kandi called her on it.
Cynitha is thinking about expanding her empire. She is considering opening a Wine Bar. She invites Nene, Porsha and Kandi. Kandi B, the resident millionare asks her does she know anything about wine? No. Does she have any experience running a bar? well…
Lets talk about what’s eating Porsha? She knows and she’s pissed. Kandi know it cames from Nene. Marlo and Porsha aren’t tight. and Cynitha it too busy facetiming with her man. Nene says the news didnt come from her BUT Nene has a problem. Porsha says Nene told her. Porsha says this is all messy and Dennis doesn’t like messy.
Tell me what you think?
Last week, Shamari told her mother in law and everyone else she and her hubby Ronnie (The Legend) had an open relationship. You know the ladies ran with it.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on Wednesday.
The tower’s Surveillance Group, set up to monitor restoration progress,
said in a statement that after 17 years of observation “the Tower of
Pisa is stable and very slowly reducing its lean”.
Engineering Professor Nunziante Squeglia of Pisa University said that
the 57-metre monument had straightened by four centimetres, Italian
The so-called Surveillance Group was set up after Michele Jamiolkowski,
an engineer of Polish origin who adopted Italian nationality,
coordinated an international committee to rescue the landmark between
1993 and 2001.
The Tower was closed to the public in January 1990 for 11 years over
safety fears, as its tilt reached 4.5 meters from the vertical. It has
since been straightened by more than 40 centimetres.
The medieval tower, a symbol of the power of the maritime republic of
Pisa in the Middle Ages, has leaned to one side ever since building
started in 1173.