Young & Restless Black Lives Matter

It might take me a minute to edit to add this with the name of the Black actress on “The Young And The Restless” — mostly I been watching “Get Shorty” binge-style.
Also, I have 100 items taped and not quite queued or whatever in my infinity or whatever taping library function.


(I was kidding but it’s actually true:

But another big reason Y&R was beloved in my family was its black characters, who flourished in the 80s and 90s: They began as background figures, but slowly evolved into pillars of their fictional community. Born the year The Cosby Show premiered, I grew up watching 227, Amen, Family Matters, and A Different World not knowing how hard it was to integrate TV; for me, black folks were already there. There was a point in my childhood when I knew Drucilla, Olivia, Neil, Nathan, and Mamie, Y&R’s powerhouse stable of 90s black characters, better than some of my own cousins– The Atlantic; And I found 2 more:

No longer called Soap, now they have Trintellix for worsening depression. Dopes?

Dope Opera? That can’t be by me. 




About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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