…from the Blind Date episode of The Bill Cosby Show, Season One (1969-70)

Black Hollywood Back In The Day: Mantan Moreland And Moms Mabley On The Bill Cosby Show (1969)




For many people, The Cosby Show is the firmly entrenched in their memories and justifiably so, it is an true American classic.  But I feel that Bill Cosby’s first sit-com, The Bill Cosby Show, should get recognition, not so much because it was as good as The Cosby Show, it wasn’t, but because it has become a nice time capsule into Black Hollywood/Television, circa 1969-70.  A perfect example is the first season’s episode, Lover’s Quarrel, guest starring Black Entertainment legends Mantan Moreland and Moms Mabley.  It’s a great episode, made especially so by Moreland and Mabley’s first scene, a classic five minutes of one liners that only professionals could pull off without breaking a sweat

Memorable quotes for
“The Bill Cosby Show” Lover’s Quarrel (1970)


Uncle Dewey (Mantan Moreland) and Aunt Edna (Jackie “Moms” Mabley)

Aunt Edna: [quarrelling in front of Chet and his girlfriend] Let me tell you somethin’ right now, honey. When a man starts to get old – get rid of him. 
Uncle Dewey: Nothin’ wrong with old men – except old women. 
Aunt Edna: I only stayed with you on the respect for your years. Honey, he done got to the place where all men gets to – can’t do nothin’ – won’t do nothin’ – and don’t want you to do nothin’. 

Chet Kincaid: Can I get you something? Uh, coffee? 
Uncle Dewey: No, I can’t have no coffee. If I have coffee, I can’t sleep. 
Aunt Edna: [quarreling in front of Chet and his girlfriend] Did you hear that man? There’s a man that gets out of breath puttin’ on his pajamas at night. 
Uncle Dewey: Woman, don’t be so simple! 
Aunt Edna: That’s the man who has to take naps, so he can be rested when he goes to sleep. 
Uncle Dewey: I wouldn’t keep my eyes closed so much, if my eyes had somethin’ to look at! You know what that woman look like at night, with all of that grease, and that lotion, and that cream? Why, man, she has to hold on to the mattress to keep from slidin’ out of the bed. 
Aunt Edna: You sittin’ there talkin’ about the way I look? 
Uncle Dewey: You heard me, woman! 
Aunt Edna: Your shadow’s better lookin’ than you! 
Uncle Dewey: You could change your oil every night, but it makes no difference ‘cause the engine is shot! 

Aunt Edna: I may be old, but my lips is in the Atomic Age. 
Uncle Dewey: Woman, I used to stay home from work, just to keep from kissin’ you goodbye! 

Chet Kincaid: [coaching his aunt and uncle to be nicer to each other] You pretend that it’s morning, and you just got up. Now, what do you say to him? 
Aunt Edna: I tell him he snored so loud until it rattled my teeth! 
Uncle Dewey: Then you should keep ‘em in a glass – further from the bed! 
Check out the entire episode below, especially The Bill Cosby Show’s theme song, Hikky Burr, performed by Quincy Jones and the Cos, himself, ad-libbing lyrics, Cosby style

They had a movie of the future called Logan’s Run. There ain’t no niggers in it.

I said, “Well, white folks ain’t planning for us to be here. That’s why we got to make movies. But we got to make some really hip movies. Not movies about pimps. We done made enough movies about pimps, because white folks already know about pimping. ’Cause we the biggest whores they got.”

Richard Pryor (via thehuskybro)


I thought that Rosewood was a disappointment.

The acting was good.  Got to see Esther Rolle one last time and the story was solid.

But it was a disappointment because of this character:

Yes, Mann, The Captain America of 1923 w/The Titanium Neck.  The Un-Lynchable Negro.  Scrappy’s Mann.

What would have happened if Steven Spielburg decided, in the middle of shooting Schindler’s List, that the movie was a downer and what it needed was Super-Jew with his Laser-powered Star Of Davids?


He would have gotten his ass bounced right out of the Jewish faith. 

Look, I know we all would have loved for there to have been a Super Negro back in the day to lay the smackdown on Jim Crow and anybody who was down with keeping the Black Man in check.

But the cold, harsh, reality was that there was no such thing and, even worse, Rosewood wasn’t just a movie, it was a historical fact.  By adding the Mann character, historical fact became an Action-Adventure movie.  

We don’t get too many chances to have Black American Historical movies and one of the rare times that we do, it’s watered down/creative licence is enacted and a perfect opportunity to depict a sad moment in American History is wasted.