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July 27, 2012
I’m trying to laugh it off, but my summary of the evening is that it’s an interesting theater, boring movie, and a great place to take a nap.
Fred Willard to Jimmy Fallon about the now infamous porn theater alleged lewd act. Click here to watch the self-deprecating interview. (via hypervocal)

How to handle this sort of thing. 

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9:48 // 2 years ago
February 1, 2012
Soul Train’s biggest fan? Questlove looks back on Don Cornelius
"im just kinda writing from the heart": The news of Don Cornelius’ death today has sparked many reflections on the man’s career, and lasting societal impact. Soul Train holds a significant place in the many people’s hearts for presenting a celebration of not just black artists, but identity as well, and Cornelius himself was the core of that. Perhaps the best tribute we’ve read on the subject comes from Questlove, and we urge you to read the full piece. “Soul Train to me is the GREATEST creation and inspiration of my life… i will NEVER EVER forget its powerful impact on education on pride on creativity on culture and on me. i love you don.” (Photo on left by Naoharu; photo on right by Questlove, showing his huge selection of hard drives full of old Soul Train episodes, which he says he brings with him everywhere.) source
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"im just kinda writing from the heart": The news of Don Cornelius’ death today has sparked many reflections on the man’s career, and lasting societal impact. Soul Train holds a significant place in the many people’s hearts for presenting a celebration of not just black artists, but identity as well, and Cornelius himself was the core of that. Perhaps the best tribute we’ve read on the subject comes from Questlove, and we urge you to read the full piece. “Soul Train to me is the GREATEST creation and inspiration of my life… i will NEVER EVER forget its powerful impact on education on pride on creativity on culture and on me. i love you don.” (Photo on left by Naoharu; photo on right by Questlove, showing his huge selection of hard drives full of old Soul Train episodes, which he says he brings with him everywhere.) source

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14:59 // 2 years ago
December 8, 2011

The Roots’ punishment for the Bachmann incident: Heavy bureaucracy

  • 3 NBC execs will now have to screen Questlove’s intro song choices source

» Questlove won’t be able to tweet about it, either: Not long after we heard about the infamous “Jimmy Fallon” incident, in which Michele Bachmann went on the stage to the not-flattering Fishbone ditty “Lying @$$ B!(&!,” we heard the band got punished over the incident, but the punishment wasn’t spelled out … until now. The Roots bandleader has previously expressed regret over the incident. It’s not all awful in Roots-world: The band just released a new album.

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11:55 // 2 years ago
November 24, 2011
NBC punishes The Roots over Bachmann music choice: NBC also apologized to Bachmann’s staff over the “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” incident, where the band played a not-particularly-female-friendly Fishbone song as Bachmann was going on stage. Fallon also profusely apologized via phone, according to Bachmann’s spokesperson, Alice Stewart. ”He was extremely nice and friendly and offered his apology, and she accepted it,” she said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone had to do something so disrespectful.” Questlove’s eyes are closed because he’s thinking about what he did. (Also, we called this earlier.)

NBC punishes The Roots over Bachmann music choice: NBC also apologized to Bachmann’s staff over the “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” incident, where the band played a not-particularly-female-friendly Fishbone song as Bachmann was going on stage. Fallon also profusely apologized via phone, according to Bachmann’s spokesperson, Alice Stewart. ”He was extremely nice and friendly and offered his apology, and she accepted it,” she said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone had to do something so disrespectful.” Questlove’s eyes are closed because he’s thinking about what he did. (Also, we called this earlier.)

1:07 // 2 years ago
November 23, 2011

More on The Roots and Michele Bachmann

personaldiscourse says: This is pretty hard for me to swallow. I obviously think it was disrespectful, and agree that this wouldn’t happen to the First Lady. BUT this doesn’t express the opinion of the ‘Hollywood elite’, just the band itself. What does she expect to happen? Does she expect the government to give them a slap on the wrist? Isn’t it her party who is strongly against the government stepping into industry? What higher power is she complaining to, who does she expect to punish this band?  

» SFB says: Well, they are on NBC’s payroll, so they have a financial interest in keeping their jobs, right? That seems like the obvious choice to us. Your employers can certainly punish you too. — Ernie @ SFB

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14:56 // 2 years ago
This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama. It shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.
Michele Bachmann • Expressing rage after finding out that the music that played ahead of her recent appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” was an instrumental take on the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ @$$ B*@!&” — a song choice by The Roots, who haven’t hidden their political views and aren’t beyond inspired song choices when performing as Fallon’s house band. And you don’t get much more “inspired” than implicitly calling a presidential candidate a something-or-other via a clever song choice. Jimmy Fallon apologized to Bachmann via Twitter; Bachmann hopes The Roots get disciplined over the incident. We like The Roots, but we agree with Bachmann here; if The Roots wanted to get a quick rip in on Bachmann, there are plenty of other songs out there which don’t add a misogynistic element to the whole thing. We recommend “Lies” by The Knickerbockers.  source (viafollow)
13:19 // 2 years ago