Saturday Open Thread |’In Living Color’ Week

Enjoy your weekend with family and friends. Today’s feature ‘In Living Color’: Fly Girls

Fly Girls (house dance troupe)


The Fly Girls troupe had many members over In Living Color’s five-season run. The original lineup consisted of Cari French, Carrie Ann Inaba, Deidre Lang, Lisa Marie Todd, and Michelle Whitney-Morrison. Rosie Perez was the choreographer for the first four seasons.

Sometimes the Fly Girls could be used as extras in sketches, or be part of an opening gag. In one sketch, they were shown performing open-heart surgery (in the sketch, the girls are dancing in order to pay their way through medical school).

In the fifth season Arthur Rainer became the main choreographer with Lisa Joann Thompson and Deidre Lang as assistant choreographers.

Cari French – Seasons 1–3 (1990–1992)
Carla Garrido— part of Season 2 (1991)[1]
Michelle McGrath Gerlick – Season 1 (1989)
Laurie Ann Gibson- Season 5 (1993–1994)
MaDonna Grimes – Season 4 (1993–1994)
Jossie Harris – Seasons 4–5 (1992–1994)
Carrie Ann Inaba – Seasons 1–3 (1990–1992)
Keri Lane – Season 3 (1991)
Deidre Lang – Seasons 1–5 (1990–1994)
Jennifer Lopez – Seasons 3–4 (1991–1993)
Lisa Joann Thompson – Seasons 4–5 (1992–1994)
Lisa Marie Todd – Seasons 1–3 (1990–1992)
Michelle Whitney-Morrison – Seasons 1–2 (1990–1991)
Masako Willis – Season 5 (1993–1994)
Sasha Alexander



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54 Responses to Saturday Open Thread |’In Living Color’ Week

  1. Ellie Hass says:

    Where’s everyone..?

    I’m going to talk to myself for a bit longer …

    “This is not a date,” Michelle tells Barack, after he tricks her into going to an African art exhibit before a community-organizing meeting. (The spirited audience’s hushed laughter would say otherwise.) Along the way there are long, impassioned conversations — about work, Michelle’s unflinching ambition, her supportive family, Barack’s raw anger over his father, Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” and even their favorite Stevie Wonder songs — that lead to the couple’s incredibly sweet first kiss over chocolate ice cream (Michelle’s favorite).

    “Southside With You” succeeds because of its leads. Sumpter, who campaigned to play the role of Michelle Robinson before a script was even written, gives a phenomenal performance as the future First Lady. She asserts herself as a whip smart young woman with uncompromising ambition. And as an accomplished, up-and-coming corporate lawyer who has worked twice as hard for her success than her white, male colleagues, Michelle is deeply skeptical of the charming summer associate who takes a romantic interest in her. Though she initially views the relationship as a career liability, she — spoiler alert — does eventually warm up to his charms.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Anyone watching Grease LIVE tomorrow on Fox?

  3. rikyrah says:

    Former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of sex crimes disappears from prison database

    OKLAHOMA CITY- Daniel Holtzclaw has disappeared from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website.

    The former Oklahoma City Police officer was convicted of raping women while on duty. He was sentenced to 263 Years in prison.
    The website, which shows criminal convictions, mug shots and where inmates are incarcerated, has deleted Holtzclaw.

    When asked where Holtzclaw is located, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Spokesperson Terri Watkins would only say, “We are not going to comment, it is a matter of security.”

    KFOR inquired if Holtzclaw is still in custody and Watkins assured us he is.

    Alex Gerszewsk told KFOR Anchor/Reporter Ali Meyer, “ He was processed at Lexington exactly as every other offender. Currently, we cannot reveal his location for security; the security of the inmate and the facility.”

  4. eliihass says:

    Did you guys hear that applause for Leonardo…? and for Spotlight…


    That was the response of a seriously relieved audience who despaired for a while that the blacks had prematurely taken over…


  5. eliihass says:

    Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah, Idris Elba (2x), Viola Davis…


    I don’t think this was they had in mind when some in the audience with the confused and uncomfortable half-smiles voted for the blacks in the various categories…

    The danger in these mostly gratuitous reactions is that we’re back to square one in the next go-round ..

  6. eliihass says:

    Black overload at the SAG awards tonight…


  7. eliihass says:

    Ok now…

    They really are over-compensating for the black-out are the SAG awards..

    2 wins for Idris Alba in one night…


    • eliihass says:

      Sorry Rik, maybe it’s because I’m not on twitter, but I just don’t get this whole thing about how terrible Bernie Sanders’ supporters are…. as opposed to say Hillary’s..?

      i’m not buying what the PUMA demographic who just happen to have supported (someof them) the President are trying to sell here…

      The whole thing is laughable…and too obvious..

  8. rikyrah says:

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    Amazing that folks said PBO was not raised in the traditional Black tradition & can’t relate but Sanders representing homogenous VT can.

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    Yet networks would not even air PBO’s immigration speech in 2014 but will air a bigot’s plane in flight.

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    A GOP Congress explicitly proposed cutting federal monies from previous 2010 program to feed rural kids & not urban kids. Single payer, tho?

  9. rikyrah says:

    A Conceited Empress @TheAngryFangirl
    Dear Bernie Bros,
    The Black people who don’t like Bernie are well aware of his record. We still don’t like him. Deal with it.

    A Conceited Empress @TheAngryFangirl
    Dear Hillary stans,
    The women and Black folks who don’t like Hillary are definitely well aware of her record. We still don’t like her.

    A Conceited Empress @TheAngryFangirl
    Dear White Liberals,
    The Black people who don’t want to vote for Hillary or Bernie know what they’re doing. Stop being paternalistic pricks.

  10. rikyrah says:

    I am technology-challenged, and this afternoon has proven that point. I am just frustrated. All this technology is supposed to be ‘ easy’. Plug in and go, they say. Take the cable that was in the OLD TV THAT WORKED and just put in the new ‘ SMART TV’.

    Yeah, whatever.

    I still got my slow azz, but working internet, and no cable on my new ‘Smart’ tv.

    Just frustrated right now.

    I’ll try again tomorrow..LOL

  11. rikyrah says:

    Good Evening, Everyone :)

    • Liza says:

      So classic. Y’all remember when Hillary announced her campaign and started out by saying she wanted to a “champion for the people.”? I haven’t heard that in a long, long time, probably because it was so far from the realm of possibility even Hillary couldn’t believe it.

      This video says a lot about Mrs. Clinton.

      • eliihass says:

        She hardly ever says ‘we’ – and even when she does, it still desperately sounds like it’s all about her…

        Say what you may about Bernie Sanders, one never gets the sense that this is about him – or him wanting the title of president…

        Which is why the desperate effort to paint Sanders so negatively as some vicious fiend who’s jealous of and hates the President, is unbelievably funny and ridiculous…

        And smacks of psychological projection…projecting all we know and observed firsthand about Hillary – and what’s worst about Hillary and her supporters onto Bernie Sanders and what i’m sure are a fair share of supporters who are no more rabid and racist than many of Hillary’s outspoken ones over the years – and Hillary herself if truth be told..

        Politicians surrounding themselves with staff and ‘friends’ of diverse races, is par for the course – and never an indication of their heart, or their deeply held biases, views – or their potential to honestly and effectively address the needs of any particular race if they are eventually elected…

  12. Liza says:

    This is funny.

    "Make America Great Again"— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) January 30, 2016


  13. OOPS! Was it something I said?

    Ed Henry

  14. 6 Takeaways From The New Hillary Clinton Emails

    The big news about Hillary Clinton’s emails came earlier today: 22 emails she sent on her controversial private server while at the State Department have been deemed top secret and won’t be released to the public.

    The State Department reiterated Friday that “these documents were not marked classified at the time they were sent,” something the Clinton campaign has been arguing the whole time. Her campaign also pushed back against what is sees as “overclassification run amok.”

    The revelations cast a pall over the former secretary of state’s campaign just days ahead of Iowa, reminding voters again about the private server she used instead of a government email address. Though her top rival, Bernie Sanders, has passed on attacking her on the emails, Republicans contended that the new information was “disqualifying.”

    • Liza says:

      I hope Bernie wins Iowa and New Hampshire. I still believe the best hope for this country in 2016 would be one term Bernie with a highly electable running mate to take over in 2020.

      • eliihass says:

        I’ve actually been shocked at how the same people who endlessly excuse and turn a blind eye to the worst offenses committed by the Clintons and their acolytes over the years, have done such a great job magnifying every perceived Bernie Sanders real and fake supporter transgression into an unforgivable and blindingly racist attack on black people – and insist it’s all just so shockingly despicable, that it not only immediately disqualifies Bernie Sanders, but demands that we all immediately get behind gentle, soft-spoken, angelic Hillary who’s the President’s bestest and dearestest friend, to register our disgust with angry, screaming Bernie Sanders and his oh so awful supporters..

        The whole thing is so ridiculously funny and so transparently disingenuous and manipulative, one has to be a fool to fall for any of the crap..

        The same people who’ve never uttered a word in defense of my FLOTUS, and have in fact been behind some of the most offensive troll attacks on her in the past, want me to get all worked up and mad at some random and frankly, highly suspect nobody and his incoherent article in HuffPo that seeks to make some easily rubbished arguments as he pits non-candidate and unelected wife against non-candidate and unelected wife..

      • Liza says:

        It defies reason, it really does. Bernie has made some missteps, to be sure, but dear Lord how does anything he has done during the campaign compare to Hillary’s actual record? Bernie is a white guy from back east and I believe there are some gaps in his preparedness for dealing with the diverse Democratic base. But I do not see him as duplicitous or hypocritical or the kind of candidate who will say anything to get elected and then pursue a completely different path in the face of the slightest opposition. He pretty much stays on message and shows a willingness to learn.

        Well, polls are showing Hillary to win Iowa but generally they are very close and well within the margin for error. Sad, in my opinion.

  15. How the hell did Sid Blumenthal get access to classified information? Wasn’t he banned from the WH? This stinks to high heaven.

  16. Hillary calling for those emails to be released when she knows damn well they aren’t going to be released because they’re CLASSIFIED, dammit. That dog don’t hunt.

    • eliihass says:

      According to a reliable source, the e-mails are quote, ‘extremely damaging to our national security’…

      Did you see the one where she and some diplomat are gossiping about how embarrassing VP Biden is on some foreign trip…

      She asks the diplomat if the V.P’s behavior was anything like George Bush’s beach ball antics at the Olympics in Beijing..

      • It makes me furious. Then she acts like she has so much respect for VP Biden.

        • eliihass says:

          How small and unprofessional one has to be to have staff who aren’t even terribly close or reporting to you, initiating gossip and knowing that one would not only welcome gossip about the Vice President and others, but is in fact, expecting you to bring her such gossip…

          which is why she never shut down Sid Blumenthal – or anyone else for that matter…

          These e-mails are very telling about who this woman is. There’s a recurring pattern in the emails that are disturbing…

          A need to be endlessly reassured that she’s special and no better else is better…

          An open door policy for any and all gossip about any and everybody…

          I suspect the Sid Blumenthal and ‘damaging to national security’ emails might actually be her and her gossip mates dissing the President or some other world leader..

      • Liza says:

        That just about sums up what I think about Hillary the candidate. She is nothing but an act, you have no idea who is really in there between her ears. And to me that means her presidency would be unpredictable, at this point a total unknown because she cannot be believed or trusted.

        • eliihass says:

          And a terrible act at that too Liza…

          She has no integrity or honor…And a person who lacks both – no matter how ‘experienced’ or ‘qualified’, should not be rewarded for anything…

          She’s really no different from trump as far as I’m concerned…

          She’s just a more choreographed politician with staff and advisers who’ve worked longer in the industry and so she gets better focus group and poll-tested ‘guidance’ and targeted speeches written up for her…

          She also doesn’t have the confidence that comes from family money that emboldens an entitled Trump …her self of entitlement comes from a general race-based entitlement, and of course, the benefits of the subsequent years of access and influence begotten from being Bill Clinton’s wife…

  17. Good morning, everyone

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