Dave Chappelle in Chi-Raq

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Ever since we watched Hollywood Shuffle and Bamboozled, Dave Chappelle and his decision to leave his highly successful show in the mid-2000s has been very interesting to me. He decided to leave the show as he felt that the jokes he was making were actually reinforcing and perpetuating the racist thought that he was hoping to make fun of and eradicate. After leaving his show, and the millions of dollar Continue reading “Dave Chappelle in Chi-Raq”

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The Art of the Shuffle

Looking back on Hollywood Shuffle as the first movie we watched, I can’t help but compare it to all the rest. As a starting point, I would say Hollywood Shuffle was a great entrance into ideas Spike Lee attempted to flesh out in his movies. In the story arc of the class, it served as a nice prequel to Bamboozled, although the latter was more painful. I actually began watching Master of None, and in the fourth episode, the main character is asked to do an Indian accent for an audition. He does not do it, but his friend does, citing reasons such as needing money, which is very really. And I remember Professor Parham asking the question: What does it mean when your profession, what you love to do, is something that simultaneously degrades you? The shuffle, the jive, the hustle, all has to do with trying to make it. And there isn’t always work at the post office.