Electric Lit: Diff’rent Strokes for Different Folks

Sat 21 Nov 2015 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Yep, Ayize Jama-Everett has a great short personal essay on Electric Lit:

“Yo, Dudley a faggot!

What happened?” . . .

That’s what my childhood friend got out of the very special two-part episode of “The Bicycle Man” on Diffrent Strokes. I’m going from memory, rather than re-watching the episode on YouTube because I want to talk about how the show impacted two black kids living in the city where the show itself took place. Diffrent Strokes often put episodes in front of us we were supposed to watch as a family. But not all families are the same. . . .

Read it.


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