Saturday Open Thread | Memorable Teen Movies: House Party

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House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from Full Force, and Robin Harris (who died of a heart attack nine days after House Party was released). The film also starred Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Gene “Groove” Allen (of Groove B. Chill), Kelly Jo Minter, John Witherspoon, with a cameo by funk musician George Clinton. This was Robin Harris’ last on-screen performance before his untimely death, shortly after the film was completed.

The film was written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, based on his award-winning Harvard University student film.[3] The film grossed $26,385,627 in its run at the box office with its widest release being 700 theaters. The film has since become a cult classic.[citation needed] Upon its initial release, the film garnered critical acclaim.


House Party was met with critical acclaim.[4][5] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 96% “fresh” rating, based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy”.[6] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it three out of four stars and commended its “energy and exuberance”.[7] He called the film “wall-to-wall with exuberant song and dance” and stated, “the musical is a canvas used by the director, Reginald Hudlin, to show us black teenagers with a freshness and originality that’s rare in modern movies”.[7]

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58 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Memorable Teen Movies: House Party

  1. eliihass says:

    Ugh, and the set-up continues as planned. It’s the Hillary show, starring Hillary and the other two brought in from the street to pretend we’re really having a primary…She even pauses for applause – in a debate!

    The whole thing is so contrived and mediocre… Let Hillary bloviate and lie through her teeth while the other two just stand there stuttering for fear they’ll be accused of ‘misogyny’ or scuffing up our ‘best shot’ at the presidency. As an audience filled with DNC picked Hillary supporters cheer on and as she performs to script for them – and oops, mustn’t forget of course to once or twice humor the Obama coalition with her well-rehearsed but still insincere and gratuitous ‘President Obama does not get enough credit’ bit…

    This my friends is NOT how it’s supposed to work…This is not how the primary debates of a great party of the people with more than it fair share of smart, credible, capable, knowledgable, qualified potential candidates who can debate and engage and tell truths – even scuff each other up as often and consistently happened in 2008 when we were told that it was a good thing as it prepares the candidate for the general debate with the Republican who would be ruthless and unrelenting and would not be using kid gloves…

    When your lips speak the rehearsed it’s all about the children, their potential and the future, and yet your aura screams, it’s all about me and my entitled butt sitting in the Oval office as a privileged white woman because I’m owed it and it’s my turn…

    It’s so depressing…

  2. rikyrah says:

    yep, another slave catcher


    Jenean Hampton is Kentucky’s version of Ben Carson


    by David A. Love | November 7, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Kentucky has a new lieutenant governor who is making history as the first African-American elected to statewide office in the Bluegrass state.

    Meet Jenean Hampton. Imagine Ben Carson, but as a woman living in Kentucky, with all the atrocious political positions and appeals to white racists.

    Much like Carson, Kentucky’s new second-in-command is not a career politician. And at a time when sisters are doing things such as building a new #BlackLivesMatter movement to fight racism and police violence against black people, Hampton is one of the few black women in the country who is down with the Tea Party. And the top of her ticket, Matt Bevin, the governor-elect with whom she ran as running mate, apparently is down with white supremacists. But we’ll get to that later.

    Also like Dr. Ben Carson, the 57-year-old Tea party activist from Bowling Green was born and raised in Detroit. Her mother — who did not have a high school diploma and cleaned homes — and her father — who worked in the automobile industry — divorced when Hampton was 7. Her mother was left to take care for Hampton and her three sisters.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Frustrated 8th-grader writes letter about racism he experiences at school
    by theGrio | November 14, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Za’’Khari Waddy is only 13 years old, but already, he has had to face extreme racism.

    “Ever since we’ve moved to this area my son has been faced with racism,” Za’Khari’s mother, Zettrona Powell, wrote in a letter to the school. “He’s been asked if he was going to rape or rob a young lady, he’s been pushed into lockers and called a n—-r on numerous occasions.”

    Za’Khari wrote an open letter describing the abuse he has had to endure at school, in the hopes that he will be able to draw attention to the issue.

    “Yesterday on the football bus coming from our football game a kid … started saying racist things to me. He then started saying he does not like blacks and he told me 200 years ago my ancestors hung from a tree and after he said that I should I hang from a tree,” Za’Khari wrote in his open letter.

    Frustrated 8th grader writes letter about racism he experiences at school news letter“That made me super mad, so in the locker room I told him not to call me n—-r or that I should be hung on a tree,” he continued.

    “The coaches took me away from the kid because I was really mad and they think I was going to fight him but I want someone to do something about it because I’m tired of boys messing with me because of my skin. I’m at my boiling point with this. Please do something about this because when I bring it to the office/principle [sic] you do nothing about it and I’m tired of the racism.”

    Despite this, the school has done nothing except to tell Za’Khari’s mother that they would look into the issue.

    “This has crushed my son’s spirit,” she said. “When my son got off the bus, he threw his backpack, the coaches came in and told him don’t let it get to him. How can he not allow this to bother him mentally? This has mentally damaged my son.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    water is wet news

    Black Americans twice as likely as whites to face use of non-fatal police force, US study says

    Justice Department analysis of tens of millions of interactions finds black Americans encounter such force or the threat of it at a far higher rate

  5. rikyrah says:

    Feds Nab Sex Traffickers in SD: ‘Catching Awful Lot of Them’
    Nov 14, 2015, 12:42 PM ET

    It was an anonymous two-story house with an outdoor side staircase, nothing that looked ominous to Kevin Koliner when he passed by going to and from work. On one evening stroll, the federal prosecutor heard loud noises but figured it was just a party. Later, he’d discover the ugly truth.

    In a squalid second-floor apartment, just blocks from the U.S. attorney’s office, Mohammed Sharif Alaboudi ran a violent sex trafficking ring, preying on young, troubled women. He plied them with drugs and alcohol, gave them clothes and a place to stay, and forced them to engage in sex acts with strangers. Prosecutors dubbed his place a “house of horrors.”

    The case of Alaboudi, now serving four life terms, offers a glimpse into how the feds are waging an aggressive campaign to root out the illicit sex trade lurking in this seemingly unlikely locale: a low-crime state dotted with sleepy hamlets.

    “We’re just a friendly state and I think traffickers see this as a trusting place and think, ‘They’re never going to catch me. They’re not so bright,'” says Jenise Pischel, program coordinator at Our Home Inc., a private non-profit that has helped trafficked girls, including a 14-year-old in the Alaboudi case. “Well, we seem to be catching an awful lot of them.”

    In recent years, the feds have pursued about 50 sex trafficking cases, three resulting in life sentences. Bolstered by state and local authorities, they’re also getting support from Native American tribes, church groups and the Junior League.

    The cases have ranged from predator stings at the last three Sturgis motorcycle rallies to busts of lucrative businesses that have transported girls as young as 14 to cities around the Midwest. Police also have detected a circuit some traffickers travel that includes the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Does anyone know who Ben Carson really is?
    By Kathleen Parker Opinion writer November 10

    In the annals of presidential politics, it’s hard to recall anyone who has tried so hard to be so ordinary.

    The fascinating story of Dr. Ben Carson’s attempts to ungild his lily by telling awful stories about himself — he tried to stab a classmate, later identified as a “close relative,” and hit his mother with a hammer? — will be its own chapter someday, if not in a collection of strange campaigns then perhaps in a catalog of psychological classifications.

    Masochistic/Narcissistic Conflation Syndrome? (I made that up.)

    The illustrious Carson seems to have found his own too-good-to-be-true life story too good to be true — or to bear. ’Tis a mystery: Why would this amazing man serially seek to belittle himself in the eyes of his admirers?

    • Ametia says:

      See Unca Ben, this is what they do to you, who thinks you are the SPE-SHUL NEGRO.

      You’re not exempt. Kathleen & NEM know exactly who you are, but don’t want to admit their racial bias, predjudices, and disdain for your BLACKNESS.

      And you can lie and conflatee all you want, negro, you still ain’t SHIT to them.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Politics | Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:36pm EST Related: ELECTION 2016, POLITICS
    Paris attacks may reshape U.S. presidential race

    The lethal attacks in Paris have the potential to reshape the U.S. presidential race, placing a new emphasis on issues of national security, border control, and counterterrorism, while perhaps bolstering candidates who talk toughest about taking on Islamic State militants both at home and abroad.

    National security has not assumed a central place in a U.S. presidential election for more than a decade as the economy preoccupied American voters. But with the nation’s economic health on the upswing and the threat of Islamic terrorism now looming in Europe, that may change.

    National security will be the focus of Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, with the front-runner, Hillary Clinton, expected to be pressed on how she would confront the threat from Islamic State and other terror groups.

    “Something as startling, as shocking as these attacks are going to propel (national security) back to center stage,” said Brian Katulis, a foreign-policy analyst with the Center for American Progress, a think-tank in Washington.

    In the immediate aftermath of the coordinated assaults in Paris, which killed at least 129 and injured 352 more and for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, conservative presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz called on the Obama administration to reconsider plans to allow thousands of Syrian refugees to be resettled in the United States.

  8. rikyrah says:

    double hmmmmph


    AP Exclusive: Democrats see Rubio and Kasich as 2016 threats
    By HOPE YEN and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
    2 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON — Bring on Donald Trump, and Ben Carson, too.

    That’s what Democratic insiders are saying about the Republican outsiders who sit solidly atop preference polls in the race for the GOP nomination for president.

    They are far more worried about GOP candidates who have experience in office, with Marco Rubio cited most often as the strongest potential competition for their overwhelming choice for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    “As a Democrat, I’d love to see a Trump-Carson ticket,” said Bob Mulholland, a member of the Democratic National Committee from California. “We’d probably win back the Senate and pick up the House as well.”

    The Associated Press contacted all 712 superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention next summer, and asked them which Republican they thought would be their party’s strongest opponent in the general election.

    Offering a window into how the Democratic establishment is sizing up the competition, most superdelegates declined to name a candidate, expressing bewilderment at a Republican field in which billionaire Trump and retired neurosurgeon Carson are leading in polls while Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, struggles.

    Of the 176 superdelegates who answered the question, 65 said Rubio, the first-term senator from Florida, would be the Democrats’ strongest opponent.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Trump: Paris attacks would have been ‘different’ if civilians were armed

    By Bradford Richardson – 11/14/15 02:03 PM EST

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says victims of the terrorist attacks in France on Friday would have had a better chance of defending themselves if they were allowed to carry guns.

    “When you look at Paris, you know, the toughest gun laws in the world, nobody had guns except for the bad guys, nobody,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday. “Nobody had guns, and they were just shooting them one by one.”

    The billionaire business mogul said the outcome would have been “different” if citizens were armed.

    “And I’ll tell you what, you can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation,” he said.

    At least 129 civilians were killed in France in a series of coordinated terror attacks Friday. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken responsibility for the attacks.

    Trump also called President Obama’s plan to take in displaced Syrian refugees “insane.”

    He pointed to reports that indicate one of the attackers in Paris may have been a migrant who entered Europe through Greece.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Obama: Help or hindrance for ’16 Democrats?

    Do Democratic presidential candidates defend or inch away from President Barack Obama’s record? There’s no easy answer.

    A new McClatchy-Marist Poll found Americans are split, 48-48 percent, on whether they approve of the job Obama’s doing. And by a 60-35 percent margin, people see the nation as moving in the wrong direction.

    Numbers such as those usually mean big trouble for the party in power.

    “We’re seeing a continuation of Americans being unhappy with the way things are,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the survey.

    Democratic presidential candidates have a big challenge. Obama remains overwhelmingly popular among Democrats, particularly key constituencies. Ninety-one percent of African-Americans and 62 percent of Latinos give Obama high marks.

    The general election, though, will be more difficult terrain. The poll suggests than an area where Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton could be strongest is one where any Democratic presidential nominee could have a particularly rough time defending Obama – his foreign policy.

    Read more here:

  11. Ametia says:

    There Is Only One Way to Defeat ISIS
    We must hold accountable our Middle Eastern “allies”—the states and bankers and political elites—who persist in funding mass murder

    NOV 14, 2015 @ 1:57 PM

    ​There was a strange stillness in the news on Saturday morning, a Saturday morning that came earlier in Paris than it did in Des Moines, a city in Iowa, one of the United States of America. The body count had stabilized. The new information came at a slow, stately pace, as though life were rearranging itself out of quiet respect for the dead. The new information came at a slow and stately pace and it arranged itself in the way that you suspected it would arrange itself when the first accounts of the mass murder began to spread out over the wired world. There has been the predictable howling from predictable people. (Judith Miller? Really? This is an opinion the world needed to hear?) There has been the straining to wedge the events of Friday night into the Procrustean nonsense of an American presidential campaign. There will be a debate among the three Democratic candidates for president in Des Moines on Saturday night. I suspect that the moderators had to toss out a whole raft of questions they already had prepared. Everything else is a distraction. It is the stately, stillness of the news itself that matters.

  12. rikyrah says:

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015
    Snowden & Pals gotta go. Don’t come back to America. Stay bending over backwards for somebody over in Russia.

  13. rikyrah says:

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015
    When somebody says WHAT ABOUT BLACK ON BLACK CRIME? shouldn’t you just reply, “What about it?”

  14. Ametia says:


  15. Ametia says:

    Hi Kathleen.

    I totally get this:
    My internet reading has been a bit sporadic the past few days.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thanks, Ametia. I may have to totally back off the Web for awhile. I can’t even. I’m terrified of what will happen after PBO leaves office.

  16. Ametia says:

    When you start rising to the top, like creame, Mr. Carson, The white power structure will attempt to SCRAPE you off and DISCARD you like the sour, curdled, rotten, coon you’ve become.

    They will take your most crowning ACHIEVEMENT & do everything in their power to DISCREDIT, DINEGRATE, AND DESTROY YOU & IT. And you have given license to your DEMISE.

    The story of the surgery that made Ben Carson famous — and its complicated aftermath
    By Ben Terris and Stephanie Kirchner November 13 at 1:57 PM

    For months, a team of physicians and nurses had rehearsed for the delicate surgery. For hours they had prepped the two tiny bodies perilously joined at the head. And when it came time on that day in 1987 to put a knife to the large vein connecting them — the most fraught step in the groundbreaking operation to separate infant conjoined twins — Benjamin Solomon Carson, the brilliant young pediatric neurosurgeon who had overseen the babies’ case from the start, offered his scalpel to his boss.

    It was a sign of deference and respect — and perhaps, a measure of caution. But Donlin Long, head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, refused the gesture. Carson, he had already decided, should make the crucial cut.–and-its-complicated-aftermath/2015/11/13/15b5f900-88c1-11e5-be39-0034bb576eee_story.html?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_headlines

  17. Ametia says:

    I’m a HUGE Grey’s Anatomy fan. It’s my favorite Shonda Rhimes show, hands down. Coming from a medical profession, I’ve never been disappointed in how this show weaved the complexity of medicine with the chracters.

    It’s very character-driven. And any good writer/storyteller will showcase chracter-driven vs plot-driven.

    Was waiting for this clip. Shonda does not PLAY!

  18. rikyrah says:

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    Funny how GOP & Bush cronies are quick to place blame but still don’t know where billions of US$ flown into Iraq is.Who did that money fund?

    • Kathleen says:

      Remember the skids loaded with US cash that no one could figure out where it went and to whom? Can you imagine if something like this happened under PBO’s watch? But back then, not a peep from “fiscally responsible conservatives”.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Lizz Brown @lizzzbrown
    I repeat:
    Media barters away 1A every day, but when Black kids on college campus say “no” media becomes 1A purists. #ConcernedStudent1950

  20. rikyrah says:

    andrew núñez @andrew_nunez
    White people continuously point to “real” tragedies occurring “over there” to discredit anti-black organizing happening in their back yard

    • Ametia says:

      This is why I refuse to watch the American media. It’s ALL ABOUT FEAR.

      Drumming up fear, beating the war drums to make PROFIT$$$.

      I have no use for the televising of this, when America WON’T DEAL with ITS OWN HATE, RACISM AND MASS KILLINGS.

      BLACK LIVES matter? NOT SO MUCH here in America.

      There’s no $$$ to be made, unless we’re shackled like slaves.

      I AM DONE!

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes. The level of discourse regarding events at Mizzou and other schools has been shallow, glib, and in some cases just hateful, and I’m talking about some of the so called “progressive” or “liberal” or whatever white bloggers and some of their commenters. How these issues are being framed reveals a level of ignorance and spitefulness and head up arses cluelessness. I will be changing my Blog reading habits.

      And any white lefties or righties who whine about “free speech” should try flinging racial or religious epithets at their African American, Hispanic, Indian, Muslim, or gay co-workers or customers while at work. While some places would tolerate or encourage that behavior, many of the larger corporations would not. It’s called common sense and respect for others (the whole do unto others thing) and creating a supportive environment for employees to do their best work. I don’t know why students paying anywhere up to 50,000 a year for a college education should have to put up with a Samuel L Jackson character called “egregious shyte”.

      End of rant. Thank you.

    • Kathleen says:

      Remember Judy Miller, the NYT “reporter” that ginned up support for the war with phony evidence from “source” named “Hardball”? She who never apologized and stands by her “reporting”? She was one of those people who had the unmitigated gall (as my mother used to say) to tweet that. Someone replied to her tweet with 2 pictures of a very filthy bathroom/toilet and the comment that he was sick of the s**t she was spewing.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good morning POU. So the bodies aren’t even buried yet, people are still in shock and the facts are still being processed but RW Conservatives in the US are heaping blame on the President for an attack in Paris.

    Peak Obama Derrangement Syndrome is real Fam.

    • Liza says:

      This was totally predictable. The GOP has got nothing going into 2016, just a group of clowns who want to be president, and the biggest clown is in the lead. So they will try to use the Paris attacks to their advantage. Expect their rhetoric to be ridiculous, because it will be.

  22. rikyrah says:

    U.S. Political Reaction To Paris Attacks Split Along Party Lines
    NOVEMBER 14, 2015 12:17 AM ET

    In the wake of controversy of any kind, even terrorist attacks, U.S. politics is never far behind. The American political response- — from President Obama to the candidates vying to replace him — in the hours following the Paris attacks has been unsurprisingly split along party lines.

    What is interesting, however, is that Democrats, who are set to debate Saturday night, have kept their responses generally to thoughts and prayers — with little in the way of policy prescriptions.

    That’s understandable, given that a Democrat currently controls the White House and the candidates wouldn’t want to appear to undermine the current president of their own party, especially on matters of foreign affairs. But they will be pressed on foreign policy and national security as a result of the attacks at the outset of Saturday night’s debate, according to a source with knowledge of debate preparations.

    Republicans, on the other hand, are issuing lots of policy specifics and ratcheting up rhetoric, intimating that what’s being done — and been done in the past seven years by President Obama — to keep the country safe is not enough. They are calling for increased U.S. footprint in the Middle East, including “boots on the ground,” a halting of plans to increase the numbers of Syrian refugees to the U.S., and an increase in the role of the National Security Agency in surveillance and intelligence-gathering capabilities.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Would More Dinner and Golf Solve Washington’s Problems? Ray LaHood Thinks So
    NOVEMBER 14, 2015 5:03 AM ET

    This line of thinking frustrates Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan, who has written extensively about what he calls “a totemic obsession” that many Washington leaders have with the idea of bipartisanship.

    Nyhan even has a theory for the wine-and-dine bipartisan outreach approach that LaHood argues for: The Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency.

    “The idea that if the president only tried hard enough, he can get whatever it is he wants. It’s based on the powers of a comic book hero,” Nyhan explains. “If he only tried harder, if he only reached out more, if he only did this, that, or the other thing to appeal to Republicans, they would eventually fall at his feet and agree to his requests. There’s just very little evidence to suggest that’s the case.”

    • rikyrah says:

      You have to laugh at this “wine and dine theory” considering that the GOP loses their shit when PBO even rides in AF One like every other President has or FLOTUS takes a trip. If he had even bothered to have such gatherings, they would have complained that he was spending taxpayer monies for shindigs while regular ‘Muricans can’t even afford food. And the MSM would have had orgasms writing those stories..front page on every newspaper.

      Even a so-called decent member of the GOP will always carry an allegiance to their party because white supremacy is at the crux of it and they know it. PBO has shaken them to the core. Yet liberals still busy claiming naiveté and spreading their gospel about the failure of PBO…such punks

  24. rikyrah says:

    Let us remember that post-NSA leaks there was evidence pointing that terror cells begin to exchange data differently because of that treasonous Snowden.

    So if a person was on twitter falling in love with Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and pleading for these “heroes” sit your ass down for the rest of the day, or the rest of your life for that matter.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    Off to swim and take Peanut to a party.

  26. Good morning, Chicas!

    In some reports I’ve read 128 people dead in Paris, other reports have 140.

    My thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families.

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