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Monday, April 2, 2007


"NPR's Brooke Gladstone reports on the strange history of the serial "Amos 'n' Andy." The adaptation of the black minstrel show started on radio, moved to television, and has recently been released on video. In its 70 years, the show has gone from being hugely popular, to being reviled as racist, back to being accepted as great entertainment-- now even scholar Henry Louis Gates likes it."

Well did Kingfish ever call Saphire a "bitch" or a "ho" or "hoe"? Was Andy a "thug?"

Was Amos' pants dropping in the back? Did they ever call each other that "N-word" at anytime? Did they MF each other all the time?

Were they all hanging out, smoking blunts, talking about who they got laid with?

On that show, a "dog" was an animal you fed Alpo and housebroke, and a "hoe" was a garden tool.

And none of them were convicts.

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