It’s the simple things sometimes. I saw this clip and shed a tear, at first because I remember the episode their grandparents wedding well renewing of vows, but then it turned into more. (not a full cry. More thought) “Damn was it really all that simple then?” You may not know this about me but, I grew up in a single parent home since eight years old through no sad story my dad was there, just situations, moving, and well miscommunication we didn’t see each other for over twenty-some years, through it all my mom worked two jobs and my siblings were old enough to make their own decisions and live on their own since I left elementary school. Yet still here I am, I made it out alright from inner city life, I had my family when I needed them we all do and when they were on their own things we had the Cosby’s.
Music videos still had video girls (remember The Box pay-per view music videos) Rick James sang about weed, tied a women up, and lets not forget LSD, and crack cocaine were things so where did it all get F’d up? When did belt (or other) whoopings really become abuse? When did it become okay to disrespect an elder or a public place? When did the culture lose its minds and well become stupid?
I looked up to the Cosby Show not because I wanted to be a doctor or even necessarily go to college but because, from everything I know, that is still what family does and is for us. No matter how messed up your family is, when you get together you had those Cosby moments. Yes exaggerated for TV still but still true. We lost that along the way. And a generation passed that had no Cosby show to look upon, now scripted reality TV thing is the thing to beat (yeah it’s still scripted they can’t pull that stuff off in all those locations on the fly clubs and restaurants would get sued real people hurt) pay for play radio stations that play all the same songs continuously and dear I call them artist but rappers like Future, and Chief Keef, get record deals and work. Futures break out hit was “Tony Montana” I would post the lyrics but there’s no point? The few intelligible words were repeated many times and the majority of those were the songs’ title. We’re more concerned with sex tapes, WorldStar fights, and animal rights then we are about raising our kids and instilling values, reminding them that there is a time and place for everything and every elder deserves respect. So yeah seeing this clip made me tear up. We as a nation (not a black or white thing) are lost and too far gone to even realize there is a problem, or are just to lazy to solve it. Demand more from your life, your television and dammit your music. Michael Vick served three years for fighting dogs and George Zimmerman walks away from shooting a young man he followed and provoked on property not owned by him ( yes I went there). So demand more, and well more importantly start at home. -Vonte ( FYI I love dogs)