Sunday, January 2, 2022

LAUGHING IN THE TEMPLE OF BETTY: COMEDIENNE, GONE, BUT SHINING...FOR FANS AND FELLOW ARTISTS

by Edgar Miraculous Dyer

BETTY WHITE...

Right now, I am just saddened, knowing Betty isn't out there, doing her Betty-thing, anymore, because it was pretty special...genius. For writers and artists, White's courtiers and compatriots, the starry firmament just got a little dimmer.

White had a penchant for making characters, who were unassumingly oblivious to their own absurdity...even grotesqueness, ..heart-warming and, sometimes, unforgettable. She has been, over the course of a half-century's work in movies, TV and radio, far more influential on other comediennes and comedic actors - she was certainly one of those - than we will recognize, for a long time. WANDA SYKES, one of them, surely - if Sykes isn't the lost comedy-lovechild of REDD FOXX and Betty White, I don't know who is, and her comedic genius goes, where Foxx, White and Moms Mabley ..went, boldly before it.

A comedic mastermind in EVERY era, here's Betty White in 'her' 2020s. (from AARP.com)

In that sense, I think we'll be sifting through the Betty White magic, in places we don't expect to find it - wouldn't ever think to look for it - for a long time, ..and we'll find, there, ..true brilliance, fearlessness and something that means 'pressing on, without stopping'. In situation comedy, talk-shows, game shows, sketch comedy, and in every medium, she made us laugh and remember her, enough to chuckle, when she'd pop up, somewhere else. Stand-up comics and comedic actors will be studying how she did that, White's artistic technique, ..if they're even a tenth, as clever, as she was.

There's a reason why today's comedic actors, like Ryan Reynolds, fan-worship, in the temple of White.

Betty White's impact on us, her audience - what we will remember of her, that makes us smile, is something else. It's so much. I won't get into, here, ..but, I'll tell you, for three or four YEARS, I had a date with four white ladies on NBC, every Saturday night - GOLDEN GIRLS - that I wouldn't have missed, for the world.

"Oh, ..ROSE. Shut-up, Rose." Bea Arthur would groan. Sometimes, there was a cheesecake, my favorite desert, present.

Betty White was an animal-friend and advocate, a humanist, an industry trailblazer and a comedienne. I won't make her more or less, than that, with the typing space, I have left. What she was, without embellishment, ..was more, than enough.

Bye, Betty. You were and are brilliant, ..a gift to your fellow artists - comedians, actors and writers. Thank you, for a few, sparkly, funny moments, in front of analog TV sets, ..for being a friend.

For more, on Betty White's history and impact, read the following article, on CNN... https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/31/entertainment/betty-white-obituary/index.html


Edgar Miraculous (Mel) Dyer, without his fine, coyote-hatin' Goldiweiller, Kirby (now moved on to that big, coyote-hatin' hate group in the Sky) continues a somewhat bleaker, dogless existence in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. He has been an active member of the Latino Culture Council of the Capitol Area (El Consejo de Cultura Latina – La Zona del Capitolio) and the Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill.


Sunday, December 26, 2021

BELIEVE IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING ..AND JOLLY CHRISTMAS TO SEVEN BEE!

Typically, it's this time of year, when Afro-Americans or black people, living in America, generally speaking, ..are asked, if we will be celebrating Kwanzaa, this holiday season.

While I don't, ..some of us have welcomed into our Christmas traditions, musings on the Sky Father and King of the White Cloth, Obatala, who, when the world began, ..climbed down from Heaven, on a golden chain, into a giant tree, to bring mankind the divine gifts we would need to live and thrive, on Earth. While many West Africans, at home and abroad, honor the King of the White Cloth, with more formal traditions, like the festivals coming up in January, the rest of us carry on these traditions, very simply.

On Christmas Eve, after the children were put away to sleep, we left some milk and FRIED CHICKEN, near the Christmas tree, ..where, if we've been kind, honest and respectful of our elders, the King will reward us, by covering the WHITE CLOTH, beneath our trees, with amazing gifts, ..in the same way, he shared with us, in ancient times!

[He's called 'the King of the White Cloth' for another reason. Read about it, when you get a minute.]

Like the CHRISTMAS TREE, itself, ..there are so many pre-Christian, European and secular traditions, that we already enjoy, as part of our Christmas celebrations, ..you would be amazed! The true history of Saint Nicholas, which inspired the legend of Santa Claus, has absolutely nothing to do, with Christmas...nothing; yet, there he is, in all of our holiday cards and seasonal, department store promotions. There are many wonderful ways, far older, than Kwanzaa, we can incorporate our ancestral traditions, into this special season...

BIG and small!

My holiday wish ..is that we all feel, like a great, benevolent Sky Father reached down, through the wasteful chaos and the mundanity, ..and embraced us - then, gave us back something of ourselves, we thought forever lost. Is that better, than presents?

Hope so.

Whoever, wherever you are, ..believe in the spirit of giving. Merry Christmas, amigos.


Edgar Miraculous (Mel) Dyer, without his fine, coyote-hatin' Goldiweiller, Kirby (now moved on to that big, coyote-hatin' hate group in the Sky) continues a somewhat bleaker, dogless existence in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. He has been an active member of the Latino Culture Council of the Capitol Area (El Consejo de Cultura Latina – La Zona del Capitolio) and the Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Wonder Woman vs the New Jim Crow: How Linda Dunikoski's Guts, Strategy and Restraint Won a Conviction in the Arbery Case

From the New York Times

"...she had been brought in to try the biggest case of her career: the murder of a Black man on a sunny afternoon by three white men just outside a small city pinned to the South Georgia coastline.

Despite the evidence of racism she had at her disposal, Linda Dunikoski, the prosecutor, stunned some legal observers by largely avoiding race during the trial, choosing instead to hew closely to the details of how the three men had chased the Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, through their neighborhood.

The risks went beyond her career and a single trial. Failure to convict in a case that many saw as an obvious act of racial violence would reverberate well outside Glynn County, Ga. For some, it would be a referendum on a country that appeared to have made tentative steps last summer toward confronting racism, only to devolve into..."

Conviction! Justice, for the family of slain jogger, Ahmaud ArberyHow did it happen?

The restraint of Special Prosecutor Dunikoski, in presenting her case, will be something for text books. (from Associated Press)

Jovian lineage, photon-repelling bracelets and magic lassoes had nothing to do with wrangling a conviction for the murder of a young, African American, male jogger, ..by three white men, in heavily Trump-supporting (sixty-one percent) Glynn County, Georgia. With nothing so supernatural, as an Invisible Jet or a giant kangaroo, ..Special Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski rode in on some fourteen-karat, Gawj'a nerve, that nobody - certainly, not convicted murderer Travis McMichael's defense team - saw coming.

Meanwhile... defense attorney Laura 'Dirty Toenails' Hogue is still scratching her cartoon-yellow locks, wondering how Mrs. Dunikoski snatched this historic conviction, ..from the persistently perilous flames of Southern American race-politics!

This is not a comic book story. It really happened!

Read the article, by Richard Fausset, here, ..in the New York Times.

Special Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski (from Associated Press on YouTube)


Edgar Miraculous Dyer, without his fine, coyote-hatin' Goldiweiller, Kirby (now moved on to that big, coyote-hatin' hate group in the Sky) continues a somewhat bleaker, dogless existence in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. He has been an active member of the Latino Culture Council of the Capitol Area (El Consejo de Cultura Latina – La Zona del Capitolio) and the Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

TRUMP NAME OFFICIALLY DUMPED BY DC'S NEW WALDORF ASTORIA!

From Eater.com

"...The Trump International Hotel will get a new “identity” as a Waldorf Astoria without the Trump name attached...Miami-based investment firm CGI Merchant Group...to take over the hotel’s lease for a reported $375 million..."

Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. (From Wikipedia)

Read the article, here, ..on EATER.


Edgar Miraculous (Mel) Dyer, without his fine, coyote-hatin' Goldiweiller, Kirby (now moved on to that big, coyote-hatin' hate group in the Sky) continues a somewhat bleaker, dogless existence in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. He has been an active member of the Latino Culture Council of the Capitol Area (El Consejo de Cultura Latina – La Zona del Capitolio) and the Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Mysteries of East DC, with Madam Krystan... Make Love All The Time

Madam Krystan of the Capitol Hill area has a SERIES of healing, self-empowering and affirming videos (free), ..waiting to be discovered by YOU! They are videos waiting to fill your life with fearlessness, mindfulness, joyful ambition ..and the wealth of LOVE, in all its forms.

Browse "Make Love All The Time" and check this space for more life-changing videos, from Madam Krystan, right here, on ...C A P I C O S T I A!

Thursday, November 11, 2021

GOD BLESS YOU, ON THIS VETERAN'S DAY, 2021!!!

From Washington, DC's Naylor-Dupont district - Capicostia - proudly East o'the River, ..to America's great Men and Women in Uniform, past and present...God bless you for all you have sacrificed to fight for our beloved country, on this VETERAN'S DAY, 2021...

The Airmen of America's Fighting 332nd, in a briefing, in 1945 - World War II - Capicostia honors, and is honored by, ..YOU! 


Edgar Miraculous (Mel) Dyer, without his fine, coyote-hatin' Goldiweiller, Kirby (now moved on to that big, coyote-hatin' hate group in the Sky) continues a somewhat bleaker, dogless existence in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. He has been an active member of the Latino Culture Council of the Capitol Area (El Consejo de Cultura Latina – La Zona del Capitolio) and the Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

HAPPY ALLHALLOWS, FROM MEL DYER'S STEAK ISLAND!

© Mel Dyer 2013

I think First Mondingo is probably equal parts Phantom, Black Panther and Batman...a kooky, right-leaning allegory for what I'll call Greenwoodism, and that's visually reflected in his costume's colors. 1st Mondingo Bank will always 'look like' it's burning - that's non-negotiable - but, not because some racist psychopaths set it, afire.

Too woke, for Halloween? Too Booker T. to be woke? Probably. Ha!

Happy Allhallows, anyway!



Edgar Miraculous (Mel) Dyer, without his fine, coyote-hatin' Goldiweiller, Kirby (now moved on to that big, coyote-hatin' hate group in the Sky) continues a somewhat bleaker, dogless existence in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. He has been an active member of the Latino Culture Council of the Capitol Area (El Consejo de Cultura Latina – La Zona del Capitolio) and the Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill.