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‘The Wiz’ Turns 30!

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Lost in all the hubub surrounding Michael Jackson's 25th anniversary Shriller Thriller project is the fact that another Mijac project is celebrating a huge anniversary in 2008. 

That's right, the movie that had us believing that New York City subways were able to transform, that Richard Pryor was an anti-depressant-swilling phony, and that 30-year-old Diana Ross was a teenager--The Wiz--is turning 30 years old.

Do you remember the two-disc soundtrack to the film, scored by Charlie Smalls and Quincy Jones?  Songs like "Believe in Yourself," "You Can't Win," "Ease on Down the Road," "Slide Some Oil to Me" and "Home" became part of every black household's playlist. And when Mabel King, as the evil witch, said "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News," best believe that became every black mama's anthem.

My favorite track from the second disc was "A Brand New Day."  Man, when that scene came up, and all those beautiful people started shedding those ugly uniforms, even at seven, I was proud to be black, y'all.

So let's take a moment and give a huge SoulBounce salute to Diana, Mike, Rich, Mabel, Ted Ross, Nipsey Russell and Lena Horne, who were all part of a project that helped change the musical movie landscape. Join us as we raise a glass to one of the greatest movies Motown ever made--The Wiz.

Now that's some real black history. Word to Toto!


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6 Responses

  1. this is one of my favorite movies! my favorite song is when lena horne sings if you believe in yourself. I love it every time!

  2. this is one of my favorite movies! my favorite song is when lena horne sings if you believe in yourself. I love it every time!

  3. This movie ALWAYS reminds me of my childhood...when i have kids, i will play this for them...i loved the emerald city scene!

  4. When I was little, first I fell in love with the orginal 'Wizard of Oz'. When they put 'The Wiz' on T.V., I just about lost it. All those beautiful Black people in one place, singing all those songs! Diana Ross looked like my mama to me back then! They need to put this on T.V. more often and cut back on 'Flavor of Love'.

  5. When I was a kid, I thought this was the greatest movie since sliced bread. Now, as I close in on 30, I can barely watch it, LOL. It's still fun though ... and watching MJ dance is always a delight. As ashamed as I am to admit it, I'm gonna get the new dvd, ha ha.

  6. Yeah! I have always loved The Wiz. It's one of my faves of all time.



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