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These ‘In Living Color’ Facts Will Change The Way You Think About The Iconic Show That Launched Careers

For four years “In Living Color” was a comedy television series that highlighted some of the biggest talents in the business to date. From Jennifer Lopez to Jim Carrey the show made aspiring actors and comedians into entertainment legends.

Check out 22 facts about the show you probably didn’t know.

1. Jennifer Lopez was a member

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Lopez starred as a member of the show’s dance troupe The Fly Girls. 

2. Rosie Perez got her start there too

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Perez served as the show’s choreographer. 

3. Jim Carrey was on but had a different name

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During his days on the show, the comedian went by the name “James Carrey.”

4. The Wayans made it a family affair.

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Six members of the Wayans family appeared on the show.  Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon Wayans were regular cast members on the show. Dwayne Wayans often made appearances as an extra but was primarily a production assistant.

5. Keenen Wayans got permission to whatever he wanted as creator.

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Wayans created the blaxploitation parody “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka” back in 1988 and afterward, Fox’s network executives told the comedian he could have a show doing whatever he wanted. Thus his idea of creating a version of SNL was born.

6. It took a year to air the pilot

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Fox waited a full year to air the show because initially the NAACP was conflicted about the show.

7. Rosie caused some tension

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Rosie replaced the original fly girl choreographer before the third episode and had to deal with quite a bit of ego.  “There wasn’t any fighting, but it was emotional for them,” Perez has said. “I was very young, so it took me a minute to digest it. I remember going up to Keenen’s office like, ‘They hate me!’ He said, ‘Just do your job.'” Perez remained there for four years.

8. Larry Wilmore wrote for the show

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You might remember Wilmore from his job as a host on “The Nightly Show.” These days he’s a co-eductive producer on The Simpsons.

9. Damon Wayans got fired

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Wayans took a bit too much creative control during his run on SNL in 1985 and was quickly cut for ad-libbing during a life sketch.

10. Chris Rock also came from SNL

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Rock was on SNL and soon left to join In Living Color for six episodes.

11. Jim Carey wanted to be on SNL

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The comedian auditioned for SNL 3 times until finally moving on to In Living Color

12. Damon Wayans helped hire Jim Carrey

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Damon and Jim knew each other from working together at The Comedy Store and on the movie Earth Girls Are Easy.

13. Martin Lawrence auditioned

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Lawrence, Margaret Cho, and Susie Essman all auditioned but never made it onto the show’s stage.

14. The Super Bowl owes the show a lot

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The Super Bowl’s first big halftime show came from a Doritos sponsored live episode of In Living Color during Super Bowl XXVI. High-profile acts have been a huge thing on the show ever since.

15. There was a sketch that aired that almost got someone fired.

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“Bolt 45” was an episode that had been scratched from all syndications of the show because Fox believed it mocked date rape. Keenan Wayans argued that it was only mocking beer but Fox brought down the ax on the show. Years later, the show was aired by a network employe by accident and he almost got fired.

16. Keenen quit when the show started to do repeat airings

Fox started airing previous episodes of the show in the fourth season without permission. Wayans was so upset that he hid a type of a fully edited episode so the network couldn’t re-air it. He eventually gave up and quit the show.

17. The Wayans did a dramatic on-air protest

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Shawn and Kim Wayans weren’t free to leave the show after their brother quit because they were under contract. To express their anger over being forced to stay on the show they wore black sunglasses and refused to take part in Jamie Foxx’s Christmas number after their brother’s departure.

18. The “Men On Football” sketch caused a problem

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In the sketch, Ways and Grier joked that Richard Gere and Carl Lewis might be gay. Both actors were upset and issued an apology letter so they wouldn’t sue.

19. John Leguizamo almost got on the show

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Leguizamo was offered a role on the show and despite wanting to do it, his agents talked him out of it, insisting he’d get his own show. And he did! Leguizamo got the show “House of Buggin'” which eventually became MADtv.

20. Jada Pinkett Smith almost got on the show

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She was considered for the position of the Fly Girl choreographer briefly before being passed up for Rosie Perez.

21. The show’s title card switched

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The first few episodes of the show used a colorful logo for its opening credits. However, the band Living Colour caught wind and threatened to sue if the show didn’t stop. These days everyone remembers a logo with more plain letters.

22. Martin Tisha Campbell worked with Martin Lawrence who auditioned

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Martin Lawrence auditioned for the show but never made it. Years later he went on to star alongside  Martin Tisha Campbell.


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Here Are 23 Art Pieces Of Nakia From 'Black Panther,' Some Of Which You Can Purchase

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Here Are 23 Art Pieces Of Nakia From ‘Black Panther,’ Some Of Which You Can Purchase

With a bigger box office success than “Star Wars” and “Jurassic World,” Marvel movie “Black Panther” has taken the film industry by a storm. Among the characters who are featured in the film, the strength, power, humor, intelligence, and perseverance portrayed in the women warriors of “Black Panther” is beyond inspirational.

People are channeling this inspiration through their art and here are 23 pieces of Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, that you will want to buy and display on the walls of your home ASAP.

1. Here is a detailed paper art piece created by Ryan W. Riller.

Nakia
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Although Riller is commonly known for his Disney art pieces, he created this vibrant cutout piece after watching Marvel movie, “Black Panther.” He was particularly inspired by the women in the film, which is what led him to create a piece on Nakia.

2. This art piece is laser engraved on Baltic Birch.

CREDIT: @metrospectrum / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This art piece was designed by a husband and wife team based in Detroit. They go by the name “Metro Spectrum” and create a mix of home decor, functioning art and custom pieces. The wooden art piece of Nakia above is one of three that they have created. The other two being wooden art pieces of “Black Panther” characters Shuri and Okoye.

3. Here is a mixed media screen print of Nakia on heavyweight paper.

CREDIT: @bobbyhillart / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This art piece was created by New York native Bobby Hill. Each one of these pieces in individually screen printed and hand painted, available in all different shapes, sizes and colors.

4. Here is a painting of Nakia created by artist Lulu Troy.

CREDIT: @lulutroy / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Lulu Troy is both a caricaturist and an oils and acrylic artist. She spent a day working on this acrylic painting and after receiving a high amount of interest from people on social media, she went on to duplicate the painting into multiple prints for purchase.

5. This painting of Nakia was created by artist Kervin Andre.

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This is only one of the paintings Andre has created based on the Marvel film “Black Panther.” Other of Andre’s detailed “Black Panther” art pieces include an oil painting of Black Panther himself, a painting of Erik Killmonger accompanied by one of his strongest quotes from the film, and more.

6. Here’s an illustration of Nakia drawn by artist Jason Casey.

CREDIT: @jasoncaseyart / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This drawing of Nakia took Casey a total of four hours, which he completed with materials including graphite and ink. This gives me a Time magazine type of vibe and I love it.

7. These watercolor paintings were created by artist Morgan Overton.

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Overton, who is know for her beautiful watercolor paintings, started releasing her “Black Panther” art shortly after the release of the movie. The powerful characters featured above from left to right are Okoye, Shuri, and Nakia.

8. This art piece was created by artist Martin Underwood.

CREDIT: @xwood_art / Instagram / March 26, 2018

The materials used to create this piece were copic markers, charcoal, posca pens and pencils. Whether complete or not, I love this already.

9. This bright colored illustration of Nakia was created by Samantha Ralph.

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In addition to this illustration of Nakia, Ralph has also created art pieces of Okoye and Shuri from “Black Panther.” Love how colorful and vibrant this is.

10. Here’s an acrylic wash created by artist Lawrence Reynolds.

CREDIT: @Ireynoldsart / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Reynolds’ collection of art mainly features art pieces of super heroes, including powerful figures such as Erik Killmonger and M’Baku from “Black Panther,” Rocket and Star-lord from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and more.

11. Here’s a photo of Nakia designed by Digital artist Bryan Williams.

CREDIT: @just1forty / Instagram / March 26, 2018

So detailed and beautiful. I would definitely buy this as a poster.

12. Here’s a tattoo of Nakia and Okoye.

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The detail of color in this tattoo is everything! ?? And I love the geometric shapes that are placed in the background.

13. This piece was illustrated by artist Tina Tran.

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This art piece was inspired by the powerful female warriors in “Black Panther.” The materials she used to bring this illustration to life were colored pencils and water color paint.

14. Here’s a portrait of Nakia created with pens, markers and colored pencils.

CREDIT: @retreatsyndrome / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Whether this piece is complete or not, I love it already. Wish I was this talented at drawing.

15. This vector illustration was created by 20-year-old artist, Chloe.

CREDIT: @illustratedchlo / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Other portraits Chloe has created include illustrations of powerful women such as Frida Kahlo, Camila Cabello, and Letitia Wright. Although each piece is different, they follow the same artistic style.

16. This art piece was created by Sejuti Bala.

CREDIT: @gallifreyanninja / Instagram / March 26, 2018

“My appreciation for this badass woman Nakia quite clearly doesn’t even begin to capitulate the beauty of Lupita Nyong’o,” Bala expressed when she shared this image on social media.

17. Here’s a painting featuring Nakia, Shuri and Okoye.

CREDIT: @lisbethmars / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This art piece was created by Lisbeth Checo. Other art pieces by Checo feature multiple inspirational celebrities such as Gina Rodriguez, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Samira Wiley and more.

18. This digital illustration was created by 21-year-old graphic designer, Joksie.

CREDIT: @joksiea / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Joksie created this image using Photoshop. The style of the illustration follows the style of a vintage comic book cover.

19. Here’s another detailed Photoshop illustration of Nakia.

CREDIT: @tara.light / Instagram / March 26, 2018

The colors in this illustration are far more vibrant, which took a lot of layers and blending on Photoshop.

20. This sketch of Nakia was drawn by Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey.

CREDIT: @nikolasdraperivey / Instagram / March 26, 2018

The colors and lighting in this illustration are on point. I’d love to see this framed.

21. Here is an adorable water color painting of Nakia.

CREDIT: @chy.thehooman / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This painting is very cartoon-like which makes it so adorable. And the details in Nakia’s suit are everything.

22. This illustration of Nakia was created by artist Hal Betzold.

CREDIT: @hbstudio / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Betzold is an artist and animator based in Chicago, who has illustrated multiple iconic film characters. This illustration in particular, almost looks as if it was spray painted.

23. Last but not least, here’s a sketch of Nakia drawn by Jesse Hernandez.

CREDIT: @jessito_draws / Instagram / March 26, 2018

For this drawing, Hernandez used prisma color pencils. And the details he added onto Nakia’s suit are amazing.


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