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Cultural Correctness

Right into "Didn't He Ramble?"

At the burial of the kid who was in jail – right after the woman sung…the band went right into “Didn’t He Ramble”…when they should have started with Closer Walk w/ thee…INTO Didnt He Ramble. what gives?

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Ah don't givadamn....

what the rest of the world thinks about this soap opera set in NOLA. For me is was a sensual orgy of hearing my music and my friends voices, seeing my food on the table, and feeling right at home with all my places as the set. It would be great if the rest of the world “gets” it, but even if they don’t, we’ll have this document to show our grandchildren. “This is what it looked like, this is what it sounded like, what this character expresses in this scene tells part of my story too.”

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Nobody's getting arrested.

A couple things on the arrested for weed scene.

1) Camp Greyhound was still in effect. OPP wasn’t open. And NOPD was still pretty worn-out and stressed. I don’t think they would have given two shits about a joint. If there had been glass then maybe they all would have gotten rolled up cause paraphernalia counts as bad as Heroin possession. But if it’s just a joint – no way. They might have smoked it though.

2) If NOPD rolls up on a bunch of people smoking weed, errrybody goin’ to jail not just the brother. Cops here aren’t as racist as some people believe. NOPD’s problems lie closer to them being more criminal not more intolerant.

3) I think Galactic would have sprung for bail.

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Strippers and Live Music

I am going to bet that many viewers of the episode last night were scratching their heads during the scene in the strip club with the live band. What is that? Where is that?

In 3 months that club will be open on Bourbon. I am willing to bet on it. There are some resourceful folks in this city and I bet they can pull it off.

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"Exposition is soul killing."

I listened to one of the interviews on NPR with David Simon. He made the point that he does not care what any other audience thinks of the show other than New Orleanians. He explains that he wants to drop you into the Nola world and have you figure it out. That will not spell it out for you.

Take a listen. Very interesting.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125741067

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Getting Things Right

HBO has done a great job recreating the “vibe” of New Orleans in this first episode. For many New Orleans, I am sure it was the first time they were behind the scenes on a gig negotiation for a second line parade, and how little musicians get paid to perform their craft. The Krewe itself—The 100 Black Men of Labor—a nod to our culture and how important it is to preserve all the traditions. Down to the beer sold on the streets during a parade. They also do a great job emphasizing the importance of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, and how individuals Indians worked to keep this and other aspects of the culture alive today. And it is also evident that not many Indians are left in the city.

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Treme reminds NoLA about itself...

I find it hard to do anything in 700 characters or less, but for this, I’ll do it. I am a critic of New Orleans movies, and much like a sucker, I’ll watch most anything that features our city. As I prepared myself for a night of cringing and possible the need for heavy drinking, I was pleased to find that not only had TREME beat my expectations, they avoided the usual pitfalls found in other films, shows, clips.

The actors did well, the lingering shots of New Orleans were beautifully shot and the plot-line is developing. John Goodman performing Ashley Morris’s words & sentiments were impeccable and resonated well. I’m willing to stick around and see what happens with this show

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"Oooom Bow, Don't Know How."

According to my MG Injun insider, Ooom Bow is a big Chief Command to have his gang in a straight line in hierarchial order from Spy Boy to Big Chief to take one knee. I understand that I think what ‘the writers’ were trying to say was “Won’t Bow, don’t know how” I.e. not on that dirty ground. A reference to the Big Chiefs refusal to recognize anybody/anything as being superior to him. But I would have rather had them keep the scene in Injun Dialect than make the compromise to Ohio.

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sunday night

What a show!
i felt like crying for most of the show
having been away for so long i swear i could smell NO

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Fo' True!!!!!

Finally, a show we can be proud of. Well done. First episode a touch on our city, peeps ,cultcha’, music, little plot and John Goodman giving them a F@#$kin mouth full. …
I could understand them fine and clear THAT’S THE PERNT!
This city needs this show the most.. so screw em if they don’t get it.
Let’s go em!!!!

One little detail my group noticed
To the prop dept.: We eat Bunny Bread in Nawlin’s dawlin not Wonder bRead. Ya herd!!!

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Episode One Cultural Correctness on point!

This is absolutely correct. So many scenes portrayed the culture so well I wanted to cry. It just showed how beautiful New Orleans traditions are. The Indian scene was truly touching. It showed the belief and faith in the people of New Orleans.

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