Remember Dave Chappelle? He was so doggone funny! His comedy was so cutting edge and socially conscious but not politically correct in the least! He became hugely popular, but threw it all away. People started to question his sanity. The guy who had us looking at our celebrities in new and outrageous ways, like Prince playin b-ball in full costume, like Rick James acting a fool and kicking his platforms all over that couch, like the white family called the Neggars, and his endless “doo doo” references!
Yet he turned away from all of the popularity and celebrity, because he was not going to sell himself out just to have it. He spoke to Oprah about his take on the whole phenomenon of his superstardom, saying that it became a thing where as he kept using the “N” word in his skits, he couldn’t quite tell if his new white audience was laughing with him, or at him. Deep.
He was definitely one of the last of the really good black comedians of that era. Definitely one of a kind, and you had to have a strong stomach to take him! He didn’t really didn’t pull any punches.
But is he back? There have been some Dave Chappelle sighting in New York, San Francisco and Oakland CA at a few clubs. It would be nice if he does return, and on his own terms. He left the scene on his own terms so I’m sure he won’t return unless he is in control of how he reenters. It’s hard when you are a hugely talented performer, because you become a commodity that everybody wants a piece of and everybody wants to control. And when the Powers that be start to come in and try to take control of your talent, they don’t stop until they control your very soul. I don’t know all the details of what Dave’s situation was back then, but I am glad that he had the guts to walk away from a huge $50 million dollar price tag on his soul! We ought not be for sale at any price!
So I respect Dave for being willing and able to see past the money. Believe me, if they were willing to pay him $50 million, then it surely was worth much more than that to them. Maybe complete ownership of everything he did, with Dave ending up with nothing but concessions and expensive trinkets, but no soul. Kudos to you Dave, for walking away. Big Ups!
Brother Dave is looking BIG in more ways than one! Have you seen a brother lately? Check out the physique! There’s something special about a brother who has faced a hard spiritual testing, and is forced to go through a period of deep contemplation. Once that man reaches that new spiritual place, it’s very likely that brother will end up at the gym pumping iron. He wants to get his physical self to match up with his new spiritual self. Dave Chappelle surely got sumptin NEW going on all over his body, y’all! Loookeeng Goood, Mr. Man! WELCOME BACK!