by managingyourblackness

By Deon Cole & Darryl Littleton


We like swagger as much as the next person, but it must be managed.  There’s an alarming trend lately in the black entertainment community – gangsta comics.  We know.  We know.  It sounds funny, but this is a serious matter.   Recently a comedian pulled out a gun on another comedian.    It was done in a parking lot.   Nobody used Instagram.     No shots were posted on Facebook.     There was no media.    However, TMZ leaped all over it and this black-on-black tension was news.    Thuggery Amongst the Jesters!    Hardy har har.

At first we laughed.  Then it struck us that these were black comedians and black comedians in need of a management reminder.  First off – who got TMZ involved?  We shouldn’t even know about this one.     Somebody’s sloppy.  No two ways about it.   What happened to the code of the streets?  We came to find out that these antics were perpetrated on the streets of Hollywood.  You’re in media central brandishing firearms.    Then it turns out the gun wasn’t even loaded.  So what gives?  Are these comics or publicity seeking clowns?   Was it one of those guns where you pull the trigger and a little flag with the word BANG is on it?   Either somebody’s starving for attention or sniffing too much Elmers and living in a make-believe city.

We come from a black culture where you get a gun pulled on you and you have one of your own – it’s on.  We don’t know too many brothers who roll without bullets.  As a matter of fact we don’t know too many of anybody that does that.  That’s how you manage to get killed.

However, this is no laughing matter.  Comics have decided to get tough lately.

A famous television comedian was recently seen bragging about how tough he is when people try to scare him, only to be practically frightened out of his cushy studio chair as a staffer came from behind him mid-boast and almost made him throw up breakfast, brunch and craft services.   He had to stand up to make sure he hadn’t peed on his freshly tailored, boast-proof suit.  Many comics have gone the tough route only to be exposed by real life circumstances.

Used to be a time a comic knew their place – be funny and sad when you’re not in public.  But for some reason several of the chuckles crew have decided to emulate their more hip hop brethren.   Challenges have been laid down.  Beefs have been played out in the court of public opinion and apparently unloaded guns have been placed in shoulder holsters.

We hear that when first approached by a TMZ staffer with cameraman rolling, the comic known as the gun pointer was incredulous that street business had been revealed to the mainstream press.  He accused the gun pointee of being a snitch.  Then he went on to say he’d answer any question they had.  So does that make you a counter-snitch?

Don’t get us wrong, comedians have been feuding for ages, but it’s usually been over jokes.   One comic would call the other out and they’d either made empty threats or somebody would get popped in the mouth.  Where’d guns come from?  You’ve got to be kidding?   We’re sure there’s plenty of comics that wanted to bust a cap in Milton Berle for stealing jokes, but they didn’t do it.     There’s famous joke stealers walking around today right now who should be taking a dirt nap in that case.  You just can’t go around whipping out gats on merry makers.    Where would Jay Leno be if Conan had been seriously beefin’?

So in the name of keeping black comedians  from being laughing stocks we advocate managing your blackness and keeping street business in the real streets – the hood.  Gangsta!  Gangsta!  Whatever; get it outta your system before the AARP notices show up, but manage it.   And we want to say so there’s no misunderstanding – we love gangstas because they fight for land they don’t even own.   Now that’s American.