Real Talk: “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley”

Yep! I needed Moms Mabley that Saturday afternoon, needed to import her authentic self into my world. Cause lately I’ve been confused. The religious righteous showing up like the people they talk about they not tryin’ to be—Sinners. But they show up like downright Brown Klan types—those who seek to destroy. Needed to just touch laughter, so I found myself doing what I do—searching. That’s what I like about inquiry, that vein of research that is not paid through grades, academic promotion (whatever that is), or that stamp of religious or social approval.

I went snooping that Saturday afternoon and found Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley. Yep! I just gotta’ say it: Thanks to my sister Whoopi. You did better than the preacher: You saved a sister from sadness. The business of being funny, of creating laughter is healing. Yep!

Got to shout on HBO, too; that’s where I found Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley. The documentary is an amazing confederation of laughter imbued with activism appropriated through the comedic voice of a Black woman.

By the way, did you know that 98 percent of the Black women voted for Doug Jones who is now a Senator in Rosa Parks’ Alabama! Won’t A Black Woman Do It! I know Whoopi is proud of us, and I know Moms would be, too. The sisters said it loud and black like James Brown would have wanted us to.

Now back to Whoopi Goldberg Presents Mom’s Mabley. The documentary provides a thoughtful analysis of Moms Mabley, the woman, and the comedian. Throughout the documentary, I yearned to be her, to tell the world a truth. That’s what Moms Mabley did—she told the downright, vegetable-eating truth. This documentary is a must see, my friends, especially if you need to take a step back from a world plastered by the superficially righteous. I am beginning to believe that it is important to be aware of those who cry I am Holy. Some of them just ain’t. They look at you with the superficial sparkle in the eye, nodding as they try to stamp your humanity out of you.

Gosh, Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley reminds me that I need to keep laughter in my bones cause it compels me to think critically and to let real talk move out of my brain on to the printed page.

Yep! Please view Whoopi Goldberg Presents Mom’s Mabley. Moms Mabley (Loretta Mary Aiken ) was a mother to many performers. Her proverbial and political comedic voice got healing veins running through it. Yep!


Copyright(c) 2017 Ramona L. Hyman

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