Wednesday Round Up: “Girls” Gone Black, Django Dolls & Africa goes Gangnam

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

It’s Wednesday, which means today is the day I send you all over the world-wide web to see what other folks are talking about. As usual, all of my links are meltingpot ready, fresh and tasty. Enjoy.

1. I don’t watch the new HBO hit Girls because I don’t have cable. But I probably still wouldn’t watch it because it’s yet another show that supposedly is about 20 somethings living in Brooklyn and yet there are no colored people in the mix. How is that possible? In Brooklyn? So, today Clutch magazine is reporting that to remedy their all-White casting snafu, series creator, Lena Dunham has chosen Donald Glover to join the Girls crew to play her on-screen love interest. So, now there’s a Black person on-screen and an interracial romance to add a bevy of controversial plot points to the show. It’s like a 2-for-1 deal. Will you be watching?

2. Meanwhile, earlier this week on The Daily Beast, it was revealed that the stars from Quentin Tarantino’s slavery revenge fantasy film, Django Unchained, will be immortalized as action figures. Yes, you can now order a Django doll from amazon.com. I still haven’t seen the movie *sob* but I plan to this weekend, so I’m not quite sure I can put forth an opinion on the dolls. But, I’m feeling Demetria Lucas when she says they’re “brilliant.” I’m not saying I’d give them to the kids, but I want a Django for me. I’d take a super slave who bested his masters and saved his woman sitting on my shelf any day.

3. Finally, I know people are probably sick of Korean pop star Psy and his ubiquitous Gangnam Style video, but people, if you do nothing else today, check out what these dancers from the Ivory Coast have done with the K-Pop dance craze. They’ve seriously tricked it up and made it their own. Makes me want to dance.

 

Happy day!

Peace!

6 comments for “Wednesday Round Up: “Girls” Gone Black, Django Dolls & Africa goes Gangnam

  1. Cyretha
    10 January, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Yes, everyone has a parody of a parody. Here is the Geneva verison. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOEngqD0Pa0
    This is a dj from a local radio station and he is making fund of the Genevois. His dancing is not as good as the Ivorians, but the lyrics are rather hilarious (there is only a French version).

    I think the more interesting point about all of this; it shows despite the language and cultural divide at the end of the day we are all pretty much the same people, and this leads me to the next clip “Are we so different you and I”? http://www.trainingabc.com/are-we-really-so-different-you-and-i-male-narration/ Note that there are three versions.

    Thanks for the clip,

    Cyretha

    • Ms. Meltingpot
      10 January, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Thanks, Cyretha! And I never really thought about how everyone doing a gangnam style parody just proves how similar we all are. great call.

  2. Susan:)
    9 January, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Oh wow, love the video! They totally rocked that song! I laughed out loud when the ladies came out and they looked like they were having such fun. Brilliant! And it made me want to dance too!

    • Ms. Meltingpot
      10 January, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Susan,
      So glad you enjoyed it. I think I’m signing up for African dance class now!

  3. Wendy
    9 January, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I don’t have HBO (remember that joke?) but I now wish I did because I love Donald Glover. He was brilliant on “Community”.

    • Ms. Meltingpot
      10 January, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Wendy,
      I love Donald Glover too. Surprise!

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