Taral Hicks(Fine Sistas from the (90’s)

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Taral Hicks  was born on  September 21, 1974 in Queens, New York. She  is an African American R&B singer and actress, sister of singer D’Atra Hicks.
She began her film career with a role alongside Robert De Niro in the 1993 film “A Bronx Tale.” Her subsequent film roles were small, 1995’s “Just Cause” with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne, 1996’s “Educating Matt Waters” and “The Preacher’s Wife” with Whitney Houston. It wasn’t until 1997 in the HBO original film “Subway Stories” that audiences began to take notice. As the “Woman with Flowers” who sang to her mother on the payphone, her performance was widely deemed to be one of the best in the film.

In 1997, Hicks signed a deal with Motown Records and released an album entitled “This Time.” The single “Ooh, Ooh Baby,” produced and written by, and featuring Missy Elliott, charted on the Billboard R&B singles chart. However, the lead single intended to debut her singing career was “Distant Lover,” an uptempo track produced by Teddy Riley. The album didn’t take off until the second single, “Silly,” a remake of the classic R&B hit by Deniece Williams was released. Featuring a black-and-white video directed by Hype Williams, the single charted well on the R&B chart. After collaborating on the video for “Silly,” Hype Williams cast Hicks in his directorial film debut (and in her largest role to date), 1998’s “Belly” as Kisha, DMX’s girlfriend. The video for “Silly” appeared in one of the film’s scenes.

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Following the film’s release in 1998, Hicks was absent from film and music until 2000, when she appeared on screen in the short film “Are You Cinderella?” with actor Wood Harris. Two television guest roles followed: 2002’s “100 Centre Street” in the episode titled “Fathers”, and in a 2003 episode of “Soul Food: The Series” titled “The New Math”.

Her later film roles were in independent films such as 2005’s “The Salon,” with Vivica A. Fox, Dondre Whitfield and Darrin Henson, 2006’s “Forbidden Fruits” with Ella Joyce, Fredro Starr and R&B singer Keith Sweat, 2007’s “Humenetomy,” and 2008’s “Ex$pendable.”

Tales of Buffoonery: Episode 5(Black-ish)

You hear black people talk about the fact that there’s not a lot of positive images of us on television. Remember back in the 80’s when we had shows like The Cosby Show. Shows that showed us in a more positive light. Well ABC wants to show us that they are all about diversity. Joining their fall lineup is the show,Black-ish. No I’m not joking. That’s the actual name of the show. The shows stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross has husband and wife. They are a successful black family raising their four kids. The show is described as a “comedy”. Ill let you be the judge if it is or not. Laurence Fishburne plays the father of Anderson’s character. Anderson and Fishburne are both executive producers. I think they could have done a better job than this. This sitcom seems a bit corny and the jokes are stale. the premise is that because they live in a big house with nice cars and nice clothes—they have lost touch with their “blackness” This worries the father. So he tries to get his family to embrace their African roots. Not a bad idea right? But you know how Hollyweird operates. It’s not taken seriously at all. The eldest son is so out of touch with being black he wants to have a bar mitzvah. So the dad suggests that he have a “Bro Mitzvah”. Get it? Hilarious right? At one point in the trailer they are referred to as “the mythical and majestic Black family”. What? So the black family is a myth?? Not a reality? At a time when black people are still mentally enslaved and don’t know anything about their culture,heritage and identity—this sitcom is insulting! Not knowing who you are or your history is NOT funny in my eyes. You may agree or disagree with me. I’m open to hear various opinions. Watch the trailer and tell me what you think. I’m putting this in the buffoonery category.