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This monthly podcast looks back at the pop culture of Generation X, from an African-American perspective.

Dec 1, 2018

Topics: Black History Month, Chaka Khan, Car Wash (film), What's Happening! (TV). (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound)


1.    Snap Shots
2.    General News
3.    Gerald Ford is President
4.    Apr - Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
5.    Jul - In New York City, the "Son of Sam" pulls a gun from a paper bag, killing 1 and seriously wounding another, in the first of a series of attacks that terrorize the city for the next year.
6.    Jul - U.S. track and field athlete Bruce Jenner (@ age 27) won the gold medal for decathlon, setting a world record of 8,634 points.
7.    Nov - U.S. presidential election, 1976: Jimmy Carter defeats incumbent Gerald Ford, becoming the first candidate from the Deep South to win since the Civil War.
8.    Misc.: VHS released, and eventually won the war with Betamax tapes, although most agree it was an inferior product. 
9.    Open Comments
10.    Money Snapshots
11.    Min. wage = $2.30hr (+.20) / $92wk / $4,600k yrly - 2018 = $20,408yrly
12.    Avg. Income per year - $16,095
13.    Avg. Cost of new house - $43,340
14.    Avg. Rent - $220
15.    Avg. Cost new car - $4,557
16.    Unemployment 7.8% vs Black unemployment 12%
17.    Open Comments
18.    Black Snapshots
19.    Jul - Sugar Ray Leonard (@ age 20), Leon Spinks (@ age 23), Michael Spinks (@ age 20) won gold medals in boxing.
20.    Jul - Twenty-year-old Morehouse College student Edwin Moses sets a new world record in the 400m hurdles,
21.    Aug - Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley (@ age 55) is published. in 1976. (Forty-six weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List, w/ twenty-two weeks at number one.) (TV mini-series already in production)
22.    Open Comments
23.    Music Snapshots
24.    Record of the Year: "This Masquerade" - George Benson (artist) & Tommy LiPuma (producer)
25.    Album of the Year: Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder (artist) & Stevie Wonder (producer)
26.    Song of the Year: "I Write the Songs" - Bruce Johnston (songwriter) (for performed by Barry Manilow)
27.    Best New Artist: Starland Vocal Band
28.    Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1976
1.    "Silly Love Songs", Wings
2.    "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", Elton John & Kiki Dee
3.    "Disco Lady", Johnnie Taylor
29.    Open Comments
30.    Movie Snapshots
31.    Highest-grossing films
1.    Rocky
2.    To Fly! - *(Weird documentary film about the history of flight)
3.    A Star Is Born
4.    All the President's Men
32.    Open Comments
33.    TV Snapshots
34.    To Shows
1.    - Happy Days
2.    - Laverne & Shirley
3.    - M*A*S*H
35.    Debuts: 
36.    Aug - What's Happening!!
37.    Open Comments
38.    Social Scene
39.    What: Black History Month
40.    Why: First year of national recognition
41.    Key Person(s): Carter G. Woodson, the "father of black history" (d. 1950), historian, author, and journalist.
42.    Short Story:
43.    Started as Negro History Week (1926)
44.    Woodson (@ age 51) announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week" because it covered the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Woodson said teaching black history was essential to ensure physical and 
45.    intellectual survival. - "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of 
46.    tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. Despite worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization."
47.    The push for Black History Month (1970 -76)
48.    BHM was first proposed at Kent State University in February 1969.  The first celebration happened in 1970. Six years later, President Gerald Ford recognized BHM during the Bicentennial celebration. - "[Americans should] seize the opportunity to honor the 
49.    too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history".
50.    Open Comments
51.    Question 1: Is BH "M" too small/short of an emphasis or just, about right?
52.    Question 2:  Did you do anything for BHM growing up &/or while raising your kids? 
53.    Music Scene
54.    Billboard Year-End Top 40 Black singles of 1976
55.    3 - "Disco Lady", Johnnie Taylor
56.    6 - "Kiss and Say Goodbye", The Manhattans
57.    7 - "Love Machine", The Miracles
58.    11 - "Sara Smile", Hall & Oates
59.    14 - "Fly, Robin, Fly", Silver Convention
60.    15 - "Love Hangover", Diana Ross
61.    19 - "Misty Blue", Dorothy Moore
62.    20 - "Boogie Fever", The Sylvers
63.    22 - "You Sexy Thing", Hot Chocolate
64.    24 - "Get Up and Boogie", Silver Convention
65.    27 - "Sweet Love", Commodores
66.    28 - "Right Back Where We Started From", Maxine Nightingale
67.    29 - "Theme from S.W.A.T.", Rhythm Heritage
68.    30 - "Love Rollercoaster", Ohio Players
69.    32 - "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", Lou Rawls
70.    Vote:
71.    Jan - Gratitude, Earth, Wind & Fire
72.    Jan - Wake Up Everybody, Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes
73.    Feb - Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Rufus And Chaka Khan
74.    Apr - Eargasm, Johnnie Taylor
75.    Apr - Brass Construction, Brass Construction
76.    May - I Want You, Marvin Gaye
77.    May - Breezin', George Benson
78.    May - Look Out For #1, The Brothers Johnson
79.    June - Harvest For The World, The Isley Brothers
80.    Jul - Contradiction, Ohio Players
81.    Jul - Sparkle (Soundtrack), Aretha Franklin
82.    Aug - All Things In Time, Lou Rawls
83.    Aug - Hot On The Tracks, Commodores
84.    Sep - Wild Cherry, Wild Cherry
85.    Sep - Hot On The Tracks, Commodores
86.    Oct - Songs In The Key Of Life, Stevie Wonder
87.    Vote:
88.    Key Artists
89.    Who: Yvette Marie Steven, a.k.a., Chaka Khan (@ age 23) - Queen of Funk, singer, songwriter, actor, activist.
90.    Why is she being featured: "Sweet Thing", she is breaking out, and I don't want to cover disco yet.
91.    Short story:
92.    Born and raised in Chicago housing projects, the oldest of five. Started singing early, formed a girl group at age eleven. Changed her name to Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi at thirteen and started running around with the Fred Hampton and the Panthers.  In 1969, at age16, she dropped out of high school, left the Panthers, and focused on singing with local bands. In 1973, she joined the band Rufus. The first album in 1973 was a dud, but Stevie Wonder was so impressed by Chaka Khan's vocals, he wanted to write a song specifically for her. "Tell Me Something Good", written by Stevie, on their 1974 album won a Grammy. (He also played harmonica on 'I Feel For You'.). But, because of her increasing popularity the record label started calling the group Rufus "Featuring" Chaka Khan, (which was the title of their fourth album that had the hit single "Sweet Thing") and this caused tension in the band. She was back and forth with the group for a few years. Went solo in 1978 and became a legend. (10 Grammys, 8 of them solo)
93.    [Audio Clip]
94.    Open Comments:
95.    Movie Scene
96.    Notable releases
97.    Mother, Jugs & Speed, starring Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel
98.    The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, starring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, & Richard Pryor
99.    Silver Streak, starring Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Ned Beatty, Ray Walston, Patrick McGoohan
100.    Open Comments
101.    Key Release
102.    What: Car Wash
103.    Who:  Starring Franklyn Ajaye, Bill Duke, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Jack Kehoe, Clarence Muse, Lorraine Gary, The Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor.
104.    Director: Michael Schultz - Honeybaby, Honeybaby (1974), Cooley High (1975), Greased Lightning (1977), Which Way Is Up? (1977), Bustin' Loose (1981), Carbon Copy (1981), Krush Groove (1985), Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon (1985), Disorderlies (1987), Livin' Large! (1991), Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
105.    Why is it featured: The Soundtrack is DOPE!!
106.    Short Story: An episodic comedy about a day in the lives of the employees and the owner of a Los Angeles car wash.
107.    Critic Review: "Car Wash initially left critics unimpressed (except for Roger Ebert who correctly called it a "wash-and-wax M*A*S*H") but over the decades both the film and the soundtrack have left their mark on pop culture. With its Afros, bell-bottoms, cars as big as boats, and disco soundtrack, Car Wash is a perfect time-capsule of America's bicentennial year." -
108.    [Audio Clips]
109.    Open Comments
110.    TV Scene
111.    What: What's Happening!!
112.    Who: Starring Ernest Lee Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Mabel King, Shirley Hemphill
113.    Why is it featured: The last show dedicated to black families until(?) The Cosby Show in 1984. The next few years introduced the interracial family dynamic. (Different Strokes like stuff.)
114.    Short Story: Loosely based on Cooley High. What's Happening!! follows the lives of three working-class African-American teens living in Watts.
115.    Critic Review: Unlike its contemporary Good Times, What's Happening!! isn't committed to presenting enlightening social commentary or providing empowering African-American role models. Most of the problems the gang faces here are typical of what kids from any community have to deal with. While the show has its funny moments (especially when Dee offers her strong, often sarcastic opinions), much of the show's humor stems from a slapstick-like comedy style that's reminiscent of the minstrel show stereotypes of the 1930s -
116.    [Audio Clips]
117.    Open Comments:
118.    Final Question: Biggest legacy from 1976?