During the age of “The ‘Rona” virus, one of my favorite forms of self-entertainment, is surfing youtube. And while doing so recently, I came across one of my all-time favorites. A Hudlin Brothers classic called “Cosmic Slop.”
The Hudlin’s, coming off of huge hits “Boomerang” and “House Party,'” took us on a three-episode voyage into alternative thought. With funk godfather acting as a funky version Rod Serling. Clinton, whose Funkadelic classic, was chosen as the title, as well as the theme song.
The show for me offered a look at Afrocentrism at its best! Being thought-provoking was an understatement! You’re forced to reevaluate your thinking, which made you a little uncomfortable, which I think was the objective. As I said, there were only three episodes (of which I still question HBO’s logic) but, each one shook your thinking like an earthquake!
In the first episode, called ” Space Traders,” we find Robert Guillame as a black politician, placed in a very unenviable position. Aliens land in America and are willing to cure every ill the country has. Price? All black people! Brother has 5 days to decide.
The second episode, called “First Communion,” forces a Hispanic priest to reevaluate everything he’s learned from a religious and cultural perspective when The Virgin Mary comes to life and is found ministering to the inhabitants of an inner-city housing project!
The final episode, “Tang,” involves a sister involved in an abusive relationship with a brother, whose rationale for not having, or looking for employment, is the white man holding a brother down! A mysterious package arrives and changes the complexion for both of them!
Each episode is specifically designed to make viewers think and acting is top-notch. Again, I’m still disappointed that HBO only chose to produce three episodes, because these three will make you want more!