Friday, August 20, 2010

Question de Jour: If you had a talk show...


If you had a TV talk show and you could have any five well known people as guests, living or dead, who would you book on the show?

My choices in no particular order

Queen Nefertiti

Jesus Christ: I'd like to ask him what he thinks of modern day Christianity and a few other questions for instance what he thinks of the same-gender marriage debate.

Prophet Muhammad: I'd like to ask him what he thinks of modern day Islam.

Harriet Tubman: I'd like to ask about her life in general and the Underground Railroad and about being a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War.

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz: I'd like to ask him what he thinks of President Obama. And I'd like to know what he thinks of the progress African Americans have made in the last forty years.

Phyllis Hyman: I'd like to know about her life and why she decided to commit suicide. I'd also like to know what she thinks of modern R&B.

Alternates - Dorothy Dandridge, Billie Holiday and Queen Nefertiti.


And your choices?


15 comments:

brohammas said...

Thomas Jefferson. I want to debate race relations with him.

John Brown. I would want my audience to know he wasn't crazy.

Rory Stewart, because he is possibly the coolest person alive right now.

Michelangelo. He was the best. They say he was a jerk. I want to know if that is true.

My wife's great grandma, because no one knows anything from before her... and only half of her story for that matter.

Jason said...
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Jason said...

Jesus Christ:I'd ask him how he feels about modern day Christianity

Marcus Garvey:I'd talk to him about economic and mobilization strategies for African-Americans.

Robert Johnson:I'd ask him did he really sell his soul to the devil.

Malcolm X- I'd ask him questions about everything.

My Dad:I'd ask him, why didn't he want me.

Alternates- Leonardo da vinci , John Coltrane and Donny Hathaway

Moanerplicity said...

Jesus Christ: I think I would listen to him more than speak, because I'm sure he would clarify some of the blurs... the many inconsistencies & ideas that people have about what it means to be a Christian.

Langston Hughes: I'd ask him how it felt to be a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance, who he considers to be the current torch-bearer in matters of race & literature, & if he'd do things differently, approach his life more openly, if he were living in 2010.


Sidney Poitier: I'd want to know about that tremendous pressure he must've felt, being the only Black actor getting a major shot in Hollywood, & how he reconciled that he wasn't supposed to be a speaker/representative for the entire black race.


Billie Holiday: I'd ask her to describe a perfect day, what it consisted of, & just what made her happy, because surely she didn't always sing the blues, at least not every single moment within her interior.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: I'd want to know just what made him tic, what gave him faith, courage, wisdom & insight in the most hopeless of times, & if he felt he was a visionary, or simply another Black man with a dream of something better.



Alternatives: Harriet Tubman, Ghandi, Malcolm X... & for sentimental reasons: Ingrid Bergman, Dorothy Dandridge & James Baldwin.


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Kingsmomma said...

This is a good question:
I'd like to talk with any of the great Rulers of Africa to talk about the greatness and legacy of our race and also talk about how vastly different the continent is today than it was during their reign.

Tupac: I would love to just pick his mind about everything.

My grandmother: so manythings I would like to talk about but I was too young before her death to even think of these things.

The survivors of Rosewood, both black and white.

Thomas Jefferson, his wife and mistress

Val said...

@brohammas

"Thomas Jefferson. I want to debate race relations with him."

That would be something to see!

"My wife's great grandma, because no one knows anything from before her... and only half of her story for that matter."

That would be very interesting.

Val said...

@Jason

Marcus Garvey would be a good one as would Malcolm especially if you had them both on the same show!

Val said...

@Lin

Langston Hughes would be interesting for a lot of reasons. Good one.

Val said...

@Kingsmomma

2Pac would be good. It would be interesting to hear what he would think of modern day hip hop.

uglyblackjohn said...

On the same show or each with his/her own interview?

In one show;
Jesus Christ
Muhammad
Sidhartha
Abraham
Pres. Obama

Melyssa Ford as my producer and Prince as my band leader.

As Oboma would be getting advice from the religious leaders - I'd be dancing to Prince's "Somebody's Somebody" with Ms Ford.

? said...

Louis Farrakhan, John Maynard Keynes-so we could discuss his take on the current financial crisis, Sally Hemmings, Einstein, and any one of the Founding Fathers-so I could get their take on what the constitution means to today's issues and how they would interpret it.

Val,

Very nice choices. There's no way that the Christ and Muhammed interviews couldn't be interesting.

Val said...

@UBJ

I think you could have more than one show.

Lol, I should have asked who would lead everyone's talk show band. Nice one.

Val said...

@?

Sally Hemmings is a good one. I should have included her. I bet we could get three or four shows worth of conversation from her.

And thanks.

Reggie said...

I like your choices Val, but I'd like to pick some others.....as well as a couple of yours.

I'd go with Malcolm X (of course), Barack Obama, David Duke, George Washington and Adolf Hitler just to shake things up.

Val said...

@Reggie

Hitler would def be an interesting guest. And it really would get interesting if you had Malcolm and Hitler together.

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Soldier Of Love

I've lost the use of my heart
But I'm still alive
Still looking for the life
The endless pool on the other side
It's a wild wild west
I'm doing my best

I'm at the borderline of my faith,
I'm at the hinterland of my devotion
In the frontline of this battle of mine
But I'm still alive

I'm a soldier of love.
Every day and night
I'm soldier of love
All the days of my life

I've been torn up inside (oh!)
I've been left behind (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound
(oooh oohhh)

I know that love will come (that love will come)
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love (soldier of love)
Every day and night
I'm a soldier of love
All the days of my life

I am lost
But I don't doubt (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound

I know that love will come
I know that love will come
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(4x)

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(3x)

Still waiting for love to come

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Solange!

Solange!
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