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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cedric the Entertainer remembers Sherman Hemsley

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Actor Sherman Hemsley, known to millions as "George Jefferson" and "Deacon Frye," passed away on July 24.

Hemsley first appeared on "All in the Family" as the bigot Archie Bunker's immutable neighbor and counterpart.  He continued to put race and prejudice in the spotlight on the spin off show, "The Jeffersons."  No other Black character got away with abrasively speaking their mind like Jefferson did and perhaps no one else succeeded with putting racism under America's microscope. George Jefferson was going to be treated as an equal though his approach was ironically a double standard (his counterparts could never get away with saying the things that he called them i.e "zebra" and the "H-word"). Right or wrong as a Black man who made it to the "deluxe apartment in the sky" Jefferson represented what so many Blacks wanted to be. He did and said what most Black people wanted to do and say but couldn't.   This relentlessly, unapologetically "Black and proud," onscreen persona made Jefferson a hero to many Blacks. He did it to make sure America took a closer look at racism.  And for 10 years (1975 -1985) America watched and learned as the dry cleaning giant navigated race and class issues like only a comedic actor with his finesse could.  He later strutted into another starring role as a church deacon in a third long-running sitcom, "Amen."

Sherman Hemsley was a fine actor who became iconic in all three sitcoms. His body was discovered by his nurse in his El Paso, TX home.  At the age of 74, Hemsley died of natural causes.
Cedric the Entertainer shared his respect for the actor in the following statement:

Sherman Hemsley was a true television legend. His incredible comedic talent
produced unforgettable, beloved, and iconic TV characters.

His portrayal of the feisty, irrepressible "George Jefferson" was
groundbreaking, making "The Jeffersons" a phenomenal hit and must-see TV in nearly every household -- everyone loved "The Jeffersons"! In that role,
Sherman Hemsley set the standard and laid the blueprint for me (and so many others) on how to be a great comedic lead on TV.

As if that weren't enough, he managed to accomplish the rare feat of
creating yet another enduring and hilarious TV character, "Deacon Frye" on
"Amen" long before faith-based television was mainstream. He truly set the
bar high.

Sherman Hemsley will be sorely missed. On behalf of the entire cast and
crew of "The Soul Man", we celebrate his life and wish to express our thanks
to him for paving the way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and
loved ones. We extend to them our heartfelt condolences.

Sherman Hemsley is movin' on up.

--Cedric "The Entertainer"

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Black couple banned from marrying in Mississippi

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By Mona Austin

While  Gay Rights groups are fighting for marriage equality, a heterosexual Mississippi couple has faced discrimination straight from the pages of pre-Civil Rights era history books.  In this case, it’s not a question of their right to marry, but of where Mississippi newly weds Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were to tie the knot, and of all places a church. 

A Baptist church in Jackson, refused to marry the couple because they are Black.

Although they were not members of the predominantly White congregation, Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson regularly attended the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs and planned to state their vows where they worshipped. 

But when a handful of members saw the wedding rehearsal they communicated their disapproval to  Pastor Stan Weatherford and threatened to vote him out if he did not cooperate with their demands.  Pastor Weatherford obliged. This decision forced the couple to change venues at the last minute.

Weatherford said he thought he was creating a “win-win” solution by presiding over the wedding at a neighboring church and granting his parishioners their wishes, who he said did not want to set a precedent of marrying Blacks.

"I didn't want to have a controversy within the church, and I didn't want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te' Andrea. I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day," Weatherford expressed to NBC affiliate WLBT.

In an interview the Wilson’s said they were “crushed and devastated.”

The groom was disappointed in the entire church for allowing their wedding to be banned.

"I blame the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, I blame those members who knew and call themselves Christians and didn't stand up," said Charles Wilson.
 
Church officials say all races are welcome in their church and are now discussing ways of preventing this from happening in the future.


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