Wednesday Open Thread | ‘In Living Color’ Week

Hump day! More Prominent skits from ‘In Living Color.’


Kim N. Wayans (born October 16, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, producer, writer and director. Wayans is the sister of Keenen Ivory, Damon, Sr., Marlon, Shawn and Nadia Wayans. She is best known for her numerous roles on the Fox sketch-comedy show In Living Color (1990–94).

Early life
Wayans was born in New York City, the daughter of Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager. Her family was involved in the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. She and her family lived in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. She is sister of Keenen, Dwayne, Damon, Sr., Nadia, Shawn and Marlon. She graduated from Seward Park High School and Wesleyan University.

In film she appeared in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (both directed by her brother Keenen), and had a starring role in the art film Talking About Sex and later co-starred in Juwanna Mann as homosexual center Latisha Jansen. She starred with her siblings on the Fox variety show In Living Color and A Low Down Dirty Shame. Her other television work includes regular appearances on the sitcom In the House with LL Cool J and a recurring role on A Different World. Recently, she has worked as a story editor on her brother Damon’s sitcom My Wife and Kids.

In 2008 she co-wrote a series of children’s books with her husband Kevin Knotts entitled Amy Hodgepodge about a multiracial girl adjusting to life in public school after years of homeschooling.

In 2011 she got a chance to showcase her dramatic chops with a supporting role as a mother who struggles to understand her 17-year-old daughter in Pariah. She was nominated (alongside co-star Pernell Walker) for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Black Reel Awards but lost to Octavia Spencer for the The Help.

Today’s feature Ms. Benita Butrell


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82 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | ‘In Living Color’ Week

  1. Hillary used that private server because she wanted to talk to her pals about her boss and keep it secret. The woman was & is still seething about losing the nomination.

  2. Hillary Clinton’s desultory campaign is sinking

    Even with all the drama of the 2016 Republican contest for the presidential nomination, it is impossible not to notice the slow-motion train wreck that is the Hillary Clinton campaign.

    The campaign is beset by four woes that don’t seem to have any quick remedy. The only way forward for the Democratic front-runner is to hunker down, slog it out and win ugly. Since “malaise” is an overused word in politics, I’ll categorize Clinton’s campaign as “desultory” – or, “lacking a plan or enthusiasm.”

    Clinton’s four problems are obvious: Her performance as a candidate, her opponent’s viability, a growing scandal that could lead to the indictment of the former first lady and possibly a few of her closest aides, and the rejection of her legitimacy as a feminist leader.

    First, her performance as a candidate is weak and not getting stronger. Nothing about her is fresh, exciting or appealing. President Obama called it early — she just doesn’t have that “new-car smell.” Clinton’s style is stuck in the ’80s, when “message discipline” was all about delivering talking points no matter what. Sticking to the script was considered artful. Repeating yourself and having a high word count but low content was considered clever. Those days are over. Either Clinton doesn’t know that or she can’t change her style. To watch her on TV can be toe-curling. To listen to her rehearsed lines, and, recently, to hear her force Obama’s name into her answers is so contrived it lends itself to parody for SNL.


    Check the sports connection Bliss Worrell has..

    Bliss Worrell is the daughter-in-law of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell.

  4. Ametia says:

    Maddow did special on Flint water crisis. BRAVO!

  5. rikyrah says:



    A federal complaint against all 8 suspects tied to the refuge occupation was unsealed in federal court on Wednesday. The complaint lists reasons for Tuesday night’s arrests, and says the armed group had explosives and night-vision goggles. It says they were prepared to fight.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Police Misconduct Database in Chicago Gets $400K Knight Grant

    One important role of journalism in a democracy is in providing information to inform citizen action. In some cases, it may simply be about liberating and holding the information in an accessible and easily usable form. This is exemplified by a project in Chicago that has helped local activists inform themselves on police misconduct.

    The Knight Foundation has awarded a $400,000 grant out of its Knight News Challenge on Data to fund the Invisible Institute and the Experimental Station to expand its Citizens Police Data Project. The project was established after a long legal fight to force the city to make police misconduct records available, and it now allows citizens to track and analyze those reports. Eventually, citizens will also be able to use it to make reports. The database was launched this last November and has 56,000 complaints on file. To date, use of this data has helped to provide context for the police shootings of Laquan McDonald, Quintonio LeGrier, and Bettie Jones.

    “The work The Invisible Institute has been doing feels like a national model for a way transparency can serve the public,” said John Bracken, the Knight Foundation’s vice president for media innovation. “As this project grows, a key component is to engage the community and have them share their experiences. They don’t rely just on a digital component—they have a way for the community to share and engage and that’s at the core of what they plan to do.”

    The grant will help the group build out and segment its data, says Alison Flowers, a journalist with the project. “This database changes the power dynamics because it lays out police conduct for the public to see,” she said.—Ruth McCambridge–RvX9oS0jih_uiQ5URZ-iyX6A9CavSuHKLu9h_b4CIK3U_TDQXC_lrBqSfsamkX5RP_x7mkKfm5wczc6cQXbPC11OtZg&_hsmi=25653641

  7. rikyrah says:

    The Associated Press ‏@AP 1h1 hour ago

    Widow of Ill. officer who staged suicide is indicted on charges of helping husband embezzle from youth program:

  8. Ametia says:

    Trust, when PBO said Hillary Clinton was “WICKED” smart……


    And we all know WITCHES ARE WICKED.

  9. vitaminlover says:

    Kim has beautiful skin!

  10. rikyrah says:

    this sounds like a plot from Rocky and Bullwinkle


    A brilliant, insane desperation plan to stop Trump: help him win Iowa

    Updated by Matthew Yglesias on January 26, 2016, 11:00 a.m. ET


    The establishment ricochet

    In a recent email, veteran Republican strategist Alex Castellanos laid out a vision of Marco Rubio’s path to victory that aligns with the boost-Trump-to-kill-Trump theory:

    If Cruz underperforms in [Iowa] and Rubio finishes a strong third or better, New Hampshire may evolve into a race between Trump and Rubio, not Trump and Cruz. Unlike Bush/Christie/Kasich, Marco Rubio has a shot at being the only candidate palatable to the establishment who rides into NH with a little [Iowa] momentum. Rubio’s 3-2-1 strategy to finish 3rd in IA, 2nd in NH, and 1st [in South Carolina] could actually develop.

    So why boost Trump? The key is that for any of this to work, Ted Cruz needs to lose in Iowa. If Cruz beats Trump, then Cruz heads into New Hampshire with positive press and could easily ride out a New Hampshire loss to Trump before heading to South Carolina and other evangelical-rich Southern states where he’s likely to do well.

  11. rikyrah says:

    A Black man that can discuss football…

    and, explain complex math equations….

    heavens…where’s my fan?

    It’s getting hot in here…


  12. rikyrah says:

    This is diabetes on a plate – FOR REAL!!!

    But, give me a slice…or two…..or….!!!

  13. rikyrah says:


    anyone else watch the show?

    Black twitter is hilarious when it’s on.


    Mulatto Syndrome

    It’s 2016 and these light-skinned, “affluent” ladies are talking about whether or not they “identify as” black. Here’s the news: If you have a black parent, you’re black. Full stop.


    Posted: Jan. 26 2016 12:13 PM

    The first time I heard the term “Jack and Jill” was in high school. A black girl l knew—let’s call her Toni—was living her best life. Her dad had an MBA from Harvard and was on the board of a bank. She got accepted early to Harvard. They owned their place in New York City. They had a summer house! Let me repeat for emphasis: They owned two places in the United States of America.

    Her family did stuff like go to South Africa on spring break (which in retrospect was ridiculous; spring break is only a week and it takes two days just to get to Johannesburg, but hey, far be it from me to police other folks’ pockets). Being a noncitizen, I’ve always had a passport, but at that point, I’d only hopped on a plane to visit family members or go to chess competitions.* She was also the highest of yellas.

    I say this all to say, my folk may be humble island/Harlem-projects folk, but I’ve run into an upper-crust black or two in my day—and the ladies on the new Bravo show The Real Housewives of Potomac just do not fit the bill.


    Listen, Linda. If you have a black parent, you’re black. Full stop. Thems the rules. I didn’t make them; I was just born in them. This is an indisputable fact, same as the flats being the best part of the wing and Pimp C having the best verse on “International Player’s Anthem.” You have a white parent? Still black. You converted to Judaism? Fantastic! I just DM’ed Lenny Kravitz and he told me you’re still black. You believe in going to parties on time? You might be a lame … but you’re still black.

    Long story short: You can choose not to identify as black as much as you want; you’re still black, though. You just sound like an obnoxious a–hole who seems to be too upset to sit at the cool table with the rest of us. And you can tell me some nonsense about how claiming black erases the reality of your white parent and not knowing where you fit in, but I guarantee that your white cousins tell their friends that they have a black cousin. You can be as light as Paula Patton, with hair as fair as Jennifer Aniston—honey, you are still as black as the bottom of a rice pan.

    • eliihass says:

      “…And you can tell me some nonsense about how claiming Black erases the reality of your White parent and not knowing where you fit in, but I guarantee your White cousins tell their friends that they have a Black cousin…”


  14. rikyrah says:

    Texas dad who took away daughter’s phone not guilty of theft
    Jan. 27, 2016 10:02 AM EST

    DALLAS (AP) — A Texas father who was accused of theft after he confiscated his 12-year-old daughter’s cellphone over an inappropriate text has been acquitted of the misdemeanor charge.

    A judge in Dallas found Ronald Jackson not guilty Tuesday, citing insufficient evidence.

    Grand Prairie police arrested Jackson a few hours after he commandeered his daughter’s cellphone and refused to return it. The 36-year-old father says a text he found on the phone was rude.

    The girl’s mother says she owns the cellphone and reported the confiscation as theft.

    Jackson posted $1,500 bail to get out of jail, but later received a mailed citation for theft. He refused to pay.

    The father went to court and successfully fought the citation involving his now-15-year-old daughter.

    Jackson also kept the cellphone.

  15. TyrenM says:

    Good Afternoon 3Chics,
    Last night I had a great time at the Delta Airlines MLK Dinner honoring Dr. Josie Johnson. She’s a longtime Minneapolis activist. She spoke on trying to calm the city during 1967 “riots,” protesting at Honeywell for making nukes in the 80’s. These “strange times” watching the disrespect of our Black President. Being at 1963 March on Washington, Obama Inauguration and first SOTU, seeing “You Lie,” Roberts shaking his head, SC Justices not showing up for the first time… ever. She encouraged people to stay woke. She didn’t speak for Hillz or Bernie.

    My highlight: Taking a picture with her afterward. Telling her of knowing of her from my mom working in the community in the 80’s, going with her on ’83 March on Washington. She said ” I remember Cheryl.” Her handler trying to rush me off so he could take his own pictures with her. I mentioned her co-workers. She smiled and said “those were my peeps!”

    Dr. Johnson asked if mom was still alive, I told her mom passed in 2011. She gave her condolences and a big hug. Made my night.

    Meanwhile Bernie was in town.

    Have a great day all.

  16. David Gergen: If we’re going to come together as a country it’s important that ppl listen to the frustrations of the Trump supporters. /Fuck all the way outtahere, David Gergen

    • eliihass says:

      David Gergen that previously ‘esteemed’, supposedly politically astute, ‘non-partisan’ adviser to ‘Republican and Democratic (read Bill Clinton only) presidents alike…

      Until that is, President Obama put the kibosh on his dubious hustle…

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  18. rikyrah says:

    AIG CEO Blames Obama Retirement Rule for Broker-Dealer Exit
    Katherine Chiglinsky

    A U.S. proposal for stricter rules on retirement-product sales helped spur American International Group Inc.’s decision to sell its broker-dealer operation, according to Chief Executive Officer Peter Hancock.
    “It’s a business we are not the best owner of, particularly in the light of potential Department of Labor rules,” Hancock said Tuesday in a conference call updating investors on AIG’s strategy. “With the new DOL rules, that was a big factor in thinking whether this was better owned by somebody independent of us.”
    President Barack Obama’s administration has said that new rules are required so advisers put their clients’ best interests first for retirement accounts. The proposal could increase compliance costs for the industry. Hancock announced a deal Tuesday to sell AIG Advisor Group to investment funds affiliated with Donald Marron’s Lightyear Capital LLC and PSP Investments, a Canadian pension investment manager.
    The insurer’s comments show that the industry believes the rule is going to move forward, according to Barbara Roper, director of investor protection for the Consumer Federation of America.

  19. rikyrah says:


    America Needs a First Lady Who Actually Represents Them
    01/25/2016 12:31 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago
    Michael Sainato

    The past three first ladies; Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton all share a common insincere, yet polished, demeanor inherent with an affluent lifestyle. Senator Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, provides an authentic alternative to this status quo.

  20. Eliihass: I find it impossible to believe that President Obama (prior to the current field of candidates finding that they need him) if given the choice to have either Hillary or Bernie watch his glass of water, would pick Hillary…

    Crying with Laughter

    • eliihass says:

      LOL, SG..

      I don’t care how much POTUS dost protest to the contrary, he doesn’t trust Hillary as far as he can throw her..

      Sure POTUS would like someplace to off-load the many political opportunists he’s amassed over the years that have hitched their wagons to his and FLOTUS’, but the Obamas wisely won’t be taking with them to the next phase of their post White House life…(some will still spill over into that next phase, but many will be cut)…Nothing worse than hungry, bitter, unemployed erstwhile political hires or supporters who resort to, and will justify all manner of unprincipled shenanigans – unscrupulously trading on the Obamas’ names, to make money and stay relevant..

      And sure, POTUS wants a Democratic successor and all that to hopefully secure his legacy –

      But if Hillary ever sets foot in that Oval office, she will not only appropriate all of his accomplishments and with the help of the media and her throngs of mutually exploitative high-profile male protectors and defenders, and convenient and confused sisterhood of feminists – and other pay to play flunkies like Donna Brazille (she of the Hillary is a very accomplished woman in her own right and does not need President Obama, or to wrap herself around President Obama to win, fame), will so revise history as we’ve known and witnessed it. She will so revise stuff that we wouldn’t recognize these past 8 years we just lived – or the historic presidency we all witnessed. She and Bill will set about ensuring that the Obamas are so diminished and their influence and relevance blunted for good.

      Listen fam, if President Obama trusted or even liked, respected or thought Hillary was that ‘wicked’ smart, he’d have made her his V.P – if not in 2008, in 2012. He had two opportunities to do so – and passed both times… Trust me, POTUS would have had no qualms switching up V.P Biden and Hillary if he even thought for a minute that she brought something to the team..

      There’s a reason her time as Sec. of State is the most unremarkable and ho-hum in modern history…Hers was more of a celebrity type UN goodwill ambassador designation – not much different than Katy Perry in that role – except with a little more political slant..
      And where Hillary certainly did not, John Kerry has been carrying out a well-coordinated, POTUS directed foreign policy ever since he took over that role. There’s no mistaking the undeniably strong, focused, respectful collaboration between POTUS and SOS John –

      All of POTUS’ interactions and dealings with the Clintons are negotiated. One does not ‘negotiate’ something as basic as friendship, or respect, or support – if one actually believes the other person is worthy of support, has integrity, is ‘wicked’ smart, is very experienced and qualified to do the job…

      • Bring it, Eliihass

      • Ametia says:


        a reason her time as Sec. of State is the most unremarkable and ho-hum in modern history…Hers was more of a celebrity type UN goodwill ambassador designation – not much different than Katy Perry in that role – except with a little more political slant.


        Hillary has wheeled and dealed her way around this President like a game show contestant. Can you say LET’S MAKE A DEAL.

        When is she going to choose door number 3?

        Meaning… THE DOOR OF NO RETURN!

        • eliihass says:

          “…wheeled and dealed her way around this President like a game show contestant. Can you say LET’S MAKE A DEAL…”

          LOL, Ametia…absolutely spot on..

  21. check your email, ladies.

    • Liza says:

      Well, Hillary isn’t alone in not knowing American history. It really is sad how little we are taught, and it is even worse when what little is taught is the revised and sanitized version. I would bet that most folks who do know American history, or any part thereof, obtained that knowledge either as a history major or through self study.

      Even so, Hillary’s reply about her most admired president is revealing. Lincoln is a safe choice in 2016, who is going to argue? I’m just not certain whether or not her explanation, where she equates the Reconstruction Era with segregation and Jim Crow, indicates that she believes the Lost Cause version of the Civil War and its aftermath, or if she simply doesn’t know what she’s talking about. We expect this of Sarah Palin, but not Hillary Clinton because she is reputed to be “wicked smart.”

      What I find most telling is her reference to “forgiveness and reconciliation.” Since when did Hillary support either? This is the same dingbat who said in 2008 that she would “obliterate Iran” on behalf of Israel, if Iran decided to drop their non-existent nuclear bomb. When did forgiveness and reconciliation become so admirable to her?

      Maybe folks need to accept that Hillary doesn’t always know what she’s talking about. I think she thought she was giving a benign, non-controversial answer to a stock question.

  22. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    EPA cracks whip on Michigan, Snyder cagey on aid money for Flint

    Bryn Mickle, editor of The Flint Journal, talks with Rachel Maddow about Michigan Governor Rick Snyder picking a fight with the EPA over their jurisdiction in the Flint water crisis and his caginess on past e-mails and the apportionment of millions of federal dollars in aid for Flint.

    • Liza says:

      Snyder apparently thinks that the smoking gun is well hidden, and that he will escape retribution for this crime against humanity. But I can’t think of anything more stupid that he could do right now than pick a fight with the EPA. And if he f***s with that federal aid money, then he’s just digging a deeper hole for himself. What Michigan has right now is a governor engaged 24/7 in his cover up, and not someone who is committed to helping Flint, specifically those who have been harmed the most.

  23. rikyrah says:

    but, they can’t help themselves..

    I ask again…what would have happened if BLM had taken over a local park district, let alone a federal building.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Ain’t this a muthaphucka.


    Michigan’s Snyder to ask feds to cover Flint kids’ health

    Rachel Maddow reports breaking news that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will be asking the federal government to provide long term health coverage for the children of Flint exposed to lead-tainted water. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver joins on the phone to explain the details of the needs of Flint’s kids.

    • Ametia says:

      Yes it IS. It’s too late for this MOFO to be asking for GUBMENT HELP NOW.
      It’s clear he has no intentions of accepting responsibility for POISONING FLINT CITIZENS.

      He’s definitely digging the HOLE DEEPER. And by golly, I HOPE HE GETS BURRIED!

      Can you post on Synder thread too.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Why Aren’t Republican Leaders Rallying Behind Marco Rubio?
    He might be too conservative.

    Why hasn’t Marco Rubio, widely described as the electable conservative, caught on? It’s difficult to say, and there’s still plenty of time — before and after Iowa — for a Rubio surge. Nonetheless, Rubio’s clearest problem is that he hasn’t won over the establishment: He could be the best of both worlds, an establishment-friendly nominee with tea party bona fides, but right now neither camp is rallying behind him with any conviction.

    Just look at the endorsements. For several weeks in late 2015, it looked like elected Republicans were inching toward Rubio. But that has largely stopped; Rubio received 10 endorsements from governors and members of Congress in November and seven in December. He has just two so far this month (Ted Cruz has received five), and Jeb Bush still remains the marginal leader in our endorsement tracker. Why aren’t members of Congress coming to save Rubio? Part of the answer may simply be that Rubio is too conservative and too anti-establishment.

    Rubio’s ideology tends to get lost next to that of Cruz, but he is one of the most conservative members of Congress. We can see this using DW-Nominate, an algorithm that rates members of Congress on a liberal-conservative scale based on their voting record. Rubio is more conservative than 77 percent of Republicans serving in Congress this term.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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