Tuesday, February 26, 2008



Did you watch A Raisin in the Sun on NBC last night? And if you did what did you think of Diddy's performance as Walter? Did he pull it off? Can he act? Think there's an Oscar in his future or should he stick to ---uh-- the rest of the stuff he does?

Just curious--since years ago one of the "big Hollywood studios" suggested him for the role of Marcus in Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made...

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posted by DeBerry and Grant at 9:21 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't Diddy your movie. He did an Okay job, but all I saw was P. Diddy. I never saw Walter Lee.
Now Ms. Rashad! She played that role and so did Sanaa Lathan. Diddy could stand a few more acting lessons.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Hello Ladies,

I did watch the show last night and I really enjoyed it. I have seen every rendition of Raisin and read two versions. Last nights performances were awesome. All BUT Mr. Combs. My sister called me first thing at work this morning to dish and she said the same thing. His performance was FLAT. There was no emotion in it and it was not believable for me. She went so far as to say the kiss between he and his wife was uncomfortable to even watch. (I agree - yuck!) He was, in my opinion a definite and obvious amateur in the midst of great actresses. That may have been the problem. He was just out of his league.

Great question - I look forward to reading more responses. See you all on Myspace and Shelfari!


10:27 AM  
Blogger DeBerry & Grant said...

Both comments and those we've heard from friends, pretty much echo our own--and not to worry--we will not "Diddy" our movie. The suggestion 10 years ago was ludicrous (not him either LOL!) and remains so today.

12:28 PM  
Blogger DeBerry & Grant said...

It's pretty interesting--the comments here are No Diddy and we posted the same question on our myspace blog and the comments there are Yes Diddy....

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter once said, "Mom, you know Jaime Foxx can sing". My reply, "Who are you comparing him to? Usher? Certainly not Marvin Gaye. The point is for......

For those of us who have a sense of history, we can say without a doubt, this latest rendition of "Raisin in the Sun" was horrible. The play/production is a classic and although the actors (Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Latham) have performed wonderfully in other films/tv shows, they were not able to give us the same sense of reality of black life during the period in which the play was written. The direction was poor because although original lines were used, the acting, i.e presence, gestures, etc. was to contemporary. This script might have been to difficult for these two wonderful actresses. On the other hand, Puff Diddy can bearly "rap" let alone act. He was horrible. He not only ruined the most important scene (the discovery of the theft). I tried to watch this production as if I had no memory of "Sidney Poitier" and "Danny Glover" portrays of Walter. If I had never seen either of these versions, I would still say this was not a good production of one of the best productions written/directed/produced by African Americans (Lorraine Hansberry and Lloyd Richards). I guess a sense history is important-it reminds us of our need to pursue excellence like those who came before us.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, um... NO. I didn't think Diddy (I shudder as I type that) was the worst acting I have ever seen. I watched "A Woman Named Moses" last night and some of the acting in that movie made me cringe. We have come a long way since 1978, but that doesn't make Mr. Combs acceptable as Marcus.

As I was reading the book I actually pictured Tyrese Gibson.

I agree with "anonymous" that Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa were excellent as well as Audra McDonald, but Puffy Diddy (whateva) could stand a few more supporting role parts before he plays a main character, or maybe he should just stick to remixes and designer shirts.

8:54 AM  
Blogger DeBerry & Grant said...

Indeed it doees seem that there's a sense of history missing from a lot of contemporary entertainment... not that we're advocating the only "old ways and the old days" as a valuable entertainment experiences, but there is a "quality" that is missing. It seems to have been usurped by expediency. Granted there are lots of over the top, over acted performances from many old timers (both "ours" and "theirs") but there are still lessons about preparation, hard work and talent, that could be applied to many today.

And again--WORRY NOT--Diddy will not be Marcus!

1:53 PM  

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