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Posted by itiwtt on September 28, 2007

You may know him for his flowing locks, his spandex outfits, his irreputable high energy and dancing while playing his bass guitar. You may have even imitated him a time or two, or you may just know him as the guitar player on the side of the stage for legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire.  Intelligent, articulate, charismatic, and outrageously stylish with a flair for the extraordinary is why I Love Me Some…

Verdine White, aka the bassist for Earth, Wind, & Fire

Verdine White Fringe

The next time you’re in a group setting watching an Earth, Wind & Fire performance or just one of those old school CD commercials with the throwback videos, you will be the Verdine expert.  You will be the envy of all of your friends, and they will be impressed that you even know his name–and Verdine is an excellent name. 

  • Born and raised in Chicago, Verdine’s father (Dr. Verdine Sr.) wanted him to follow in his footsteps and enter the field of medicine.
  • He started his formal training in his preteens studying the upright bass.  He says, “The instrument was standing alone in the corner of the orchestra class…tall, mysterious and majestic, so different from all the others, it called me and the love affair began.”
  • White was classically trained by Radi Velah with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for several years and studied bass guitar with the late Louis Satterfield (trombonist of the former Phoenix).
  • Younger brother of EWF founder Maurice White
  • In the 1970s, he was levitated in a horizontal position as part of the elaborate stage performances.
  • On stage, Verdine’s constant motion, enthusiasm and energy (to the point of disbelief) have deemed him the “ultimate fire” of the band.  His musicianship keeps the elements in perfect alignment.
  • Graced the covers of Monitor and Bass Player Magazines
  • Married for over 25 years, one son
  • Hobbies include fashion, reading, hiking and sharing long walks with his wife and the family dogs.
  • Can rattle off the name of every Earth Wind & Fire song, the year it came out and even how it charted in a matter of seconds
  • Plucks with his index and middle fingers alternating, digging in with a heavy touch. He also uses a lot of index pops, or hard plucks, but he rarely uses any thumb slaps.
  • First commandment: Hold the groove; you have to hold it down
  • The dancing comes from studying with the legendary African-American choreographer George Faison

 Quotes from adoring fans:

“Maann, if i came back as his hair I wouldn’t even be mad.  He keeps it tight and right, despite…his forehead getting in the way” – Tam 

“The first person I could not avoid from the beginning to the end of the DVD was Verdine White. I stared at disbelief at this absolutely crazed dancer and bass guitarist. His attitude from the get-go was ‘We are the Greatest, You are the Greatest, let’s Dance Together and be the Greatest Together!’ He hypnotized me. ” – customer review of EWF Live in Chicago DVD on Amazon.com 

“I only wish that one day my husband would be able to run his fingers through soft, luscious and beautiful hair, such as the mane of Verdine White. Also, please notice that Verdine and Tyra Banks have the same forehead.”     -Aenequa Kian

We present to thee, Verdine White. Enjoy!

Verdine White

Verdine White showing the fans how to “hold the groove.”Verdine, his lovely wife and dogs

Verdine before the illustrious perm/press.

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I Love Me Some…..

Posted by itiwtt on August 31, 2007

As the end of Midget Appreciation Week draws near, we must honor one of our favorite midgets of all time.  He’s the biggest little man in Hollywood! Many actors can only dream of having over 50 film and television credits including playing Shonte Jackson in Me, Myself and Irene, Mr. Parker in Friday, Marcus the Elf in Bad Santa, the preacher in Beetlejuice and Big Willie Johnson in Who’s Your Caddy.  That’s why I Love Me Some…….

Joseph Anthony “Tony” Cox

 Tony Cox-Chillin’

3 feet 6 inches

  • Attended Alabama State University to study music, but chose to leave because he couldn’t read music. He could whip everybody on the drums, but he played by ear.  You know like in Drumline.

  • Watching Billy Bardy, the pioneering White “little person” actor of Wild Wild West TV fame, inspired Cox to want to act.

  • A white acting coach once told Tony Cox that his future as an actor looked bleak.  “He said I had a strike against me because I was black,” recalls Cox. “He said the only thing you’ll ever do is that you will always be in a costume.”

  • Cox’s first break in the industry was in a Burger King commercial.

  • Employs his own personal stunt-double to perform his tricky moves

  • Cox won the role of the villain Marcus in Bad Santa after 10 auditions. The character originally was written with a caucasian “little person” in mind.

  • Cox has been happily married to 5-foot-6 Otelia, his high school sweetheart, for 18 years. They are the parents of a 23-year-old daughter.

 

We present to thee, Joseph “Tony” Cox aka The black midget in all the movies:

        date.jpg   Tony Cox CoolTony Cox-Bad Santa                                        Tony Cox-Me, Myself, and Irene

Photos courtesy of IMDb

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I Love Me Some……..

Posted by itiwtt on August 26, 2007

Welcome to our new weekly segment, I Love Me Some… where we will be discussing celebraties that we all know and love, but we don’t hear nothing about.  You’ll learn useless facts about people and find yourself saying, “I didn’t know what his name was!”, or “Dang, I didn’t know he had it going on like that!”

The featured celebrity this week has been on the tips of our tongues for the past 2 weeks.  We just can’t seem to get enough of him. Ever since we came across a throwback Soul Train episode, he has peaked our interest. This is why I Love Me Some…………………

Jermaine Jackson (and his ‘Fro)

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Here’s a bit of vital information that you must store into the back of your brain. You know, just in case there’s an emergency and someone needs to know something about Jermaine Jackson immediately. Hey, it can happen. And there always has to be that ‘go-to’ person for frivolous information. Keep reading our blog and that person could be you.

Jermaine Jackson

  • AKA–Muhammad Abdul Aziz

  • Co-lead singer of Jackson 5 with prominent parts in I Want You Back, I’ll Be There, and most importantly Dancing Machine (She’s movin’, she’s groovin’, she’s dancin’ to the music)

  • Brother and best-friend to Tito and father to Jermajesty

  • Married to Hazel Gordy (Berry’s daughter), cheated on her and had 2 kids with 2 different mistresses

  • Married brother Randy’s ex-girlfriend whom Randy had 2 kids with (so at this point he was step daddy to his niece and nephew).  This caused a rift between the 2 brothers (YOU THINK!)

  • Responsible for the Jer-mania spreading throughout Europe

  • Envy of every black man from ’69-’72 who dreamed of having the quintessential ‘fro of sculpted symmetry

  • Future baby-daddy to every teenage girl from ’69-’72 who dreamed of making sweet love to a man who could not only sing, but also play the guitar all while maintaining a ‘fro full of curls and sheen.

 Quotes from the Street:

“Everybody loved Jermaine because his fro was so curly and his voice was so nice” – Ty’s Mom

“Jermaine’s fro was so tight, guys used to wear wigs just to look like his” – Deacon Jones

“I wouldn’t even date a guy unless his fro was like Jermaine’s” – Aunt Pam

“Michael was still a baby until he released the Off The Wall album so nobody looked at him like that.  But Jermaine was older…he was the one” – Angie

We present to thee, Jermaine LaJaune Jackson aka Muhammad Abdul Aziz…and his ‘fro:

 

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