Wednesday, December 12, 2007

10 things I wouldn't have thought possible in 1990

If I could go back in time to 1990 and tell myself that these 10 things would be true in 2007 I wouldn't have believed it.

1) That some people change their phone numbers 2 or 3 times a year.
2) That I would spend hours a day in front of a computer.
3) That there would be a thing called a blog that would occupy several hours of my time every week.
4) That BET is actually worse.
5) That Black women go on daytime talk shows and tell the world that they don't know who the father of their child is.
6) That two families would control the White House for 15 years.
7) That Aresenio Hall would have no discernible career.
8) That minstrel shows would be back in fashion. (see # 4)
9) That I would hate rap music. (see #8 and # 4)
10) That Lisa Bonet wouldn't be a star.

Can you think of something you wouldn't have believed?



13 comments:

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

when did step and fetch it minstrals ever go out of style? but i have one, that i would never lear a telephone number due to cell phones

Hawa Bond said...

That I would have two children (born 1992 and 1999), be married (1999) divorced (2003), engaged (2007) and raise my two sons alone for years in a house with 4 televisions and 3 video game systems. hehe

I would have never believed that people would hang small wireless objects from their ears to receive phone calls while walking down the sidewalk (bluetooth).

And here's the biggie... A black man has an excellent chance of becoming the Democratic candidate for President. And if he doesn't win, a woman is the other likely winner.

Miriam said...

man, everyone took all the good ones! the cell phone, blog, potential black prez.

.........i'd say podcasts, ipods and all those things are now so 'ordinary'!

Mes Deux Cents said...

Torrence,

They definitely were out of style compared to today.



Hawa Bond,

"I would have never believed that people would hang small wireless objects from their ears to receive phone calls while walking down the sidewalk (bluetooth)."

I agree, I wouldn't have thought that either.



Miriam,

Podcast, that's a good one. I wouldn't have imagined that.

Liz said...

1) I wouldn't have believed the internet would exist, period.

2) That 9/11 would happen.

3) That Michael Jackson would turn out the way he has.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Liz,

Michael is a great addition to the list.

Did you know that a Black man was instrumental in the development of the internet? His name is Philip Emeagwali.

Miriam said...

Great info, MDC!

Thanks re: Philip Emeagwali.

I tell ya. If I truly TRULY expressed how I felt about black, black people, folks would think I was over board! lol. There is so much to be proud of.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Miriam,

You're right, there is a lot to be proud of. I think that gets lost in all the negative press.

Donny Don't said...

What about the fact that they tried to give Magic Johnson a talk show after Aresenio failed?

Don said...

Consider urself lucky @ number 3.

And, in this country, both the black man and woman are so extensively demoralized that if u r positive then u r negative, and vice verse.

Monica Roberts said...

That the Soviet Union would cease to exist

That TWO federal presidential elections would be stolen, and the 2004 one would have major help from a Black man in disenfranchising his own people

A president would be impeached for lying about sex, but one who lied and used bogus intelligence infomation to get us involved in a war wouldn't

Bill Cosby would start tripping

A Black woman would willingly show her faith-based ignorance on national television.

That we'd have another Black US senator and Black governor

That science fiction is once again becoming science fact in terms of the almost monthly discovery of planets in the universe

That a US Congress would vote almost unanimously to curtail constitution rights (Patriot Act)

That news programs in the US would turn into 30 minutes of fluff pieces

Mes Deux Cents said...

Donny Don't,

Really? I don't even remember that. It couldn't have been on for long.





Don,

"And, in this country, both the black man and woman are so extensively demoralized that if u r positive then u r negative, and vice verse."

Okay, you may have come up with the number one most surprising thing.





Monica,

You wouldn't have believed we'd have a Black Senator and governor?

Why?

Monica Roberts said...

Ms Deux,
In 1982 and 1986 Tom Bradley ran for governor of California. Now if you had to pick a state where you thought a Black person had a serious chance to win it would be Cali. He lost twice.

Carol Moseley-Braun didn't get elected unil 1992 in Illinois and it was a surprise. In North Carolina Harvey Gantt lost twice to Jesse Helms in 1990 and 1996, and Jesse had to run the race-baiting 'Hands' commercial to win the first one in 1990.

In my home state Ron Kirk, who'd been elected twice as Dallas first black mayor ran for the senate in Texas in 2002 and lost to John Cornyn in a race that broke down along racial lines.

The problem with gubenatorial and senate races is that they are statewide ones, and depending on the state can get expensive.
You also have the problem as a Black politician that no matter how qualified you are, 10% of the white electorate isn't going to vote for you no matter how qualified you are, so you come into the race automatically with a 10 point deficit.

That's why I felt that I wasn't going to see another African-American governor or senator for a while.

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About Me

West Coast, United States
African American, Poet?, Vegetarian, Music lover, Agoraphobic, Social Phobic

My Favorite Poet

My Favorite Poet
Staceyann Chin

My Favorite Track Athlete

My Favorite Track Athlete
Christine Arron