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Y&R: January 13 – January 17, 2014

I watched THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS this week mostly with the exception of Thursday because I was napping.  Nevertheless, I watched through a lot of the writing, the Michael Muhney/Hunter King sexual harassment scandal, and the Jill Farren Phelps regime. I found interesting how Neil bonded with Lauren over Jabot, Fen, and his engagement to Leslie, who confided in Avery about her fears of marriage and children. Leslie urged Neil to not to hurry their engagement to his proposed June wedding.  My thang is: LESLIE DOES NOT WANT TO MARRY NEIL BECAUSE OF ABANDONMENT ISSUES WITH GUS NOT BEING A FATHER TO HER AND TYLER AND HER MOTHER’S DEATH.  SHE BUILT A WALL UP AROUND HERSELF AS A TOUGH-AS-NAILS ATTORNEY AS AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAIN.

I had been reading on many of the fan pages on Facebook about the fear of Jack hooking up with Hilary.  I do not want them together myself. I rather see her with Devon now that he is no longer romantically involved with Roxanne.  I cannot see Peter Bergman in love scenes with Mishael Morgan because it gives off that President Fitz and Olivia Pope vibe from SCANDAL yet THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS does not have it for Jack and Hilary.  My thang is: I CANNOT SEE JACK HOOKING UP WITH HILARY.

Lily wanted certain renovations to give to the Genoa City Athletic Club now that Devon is the current owner. She did not get 100 percent approval from Devon and Cane.  She suddenly got giddy when Victoria appeared to give them the okay to host the tribute gala dedicated to the late Delia although Nikki had already given them the okay to host it there at the Genoa City Athletic Club.  Lily wanted really to tear one of the walls down.  My thang is: LILY SEEMS LIKE SHE IS ONE OF THE WHITE GIRLS WHO IS SO MIDDLE AMERICA AND SHE HAS NO DRUCILLA BARBER WINTERS IN HER AT ALL.  SHE IS WRITTEN BY THE WRITERS AS COLORLESS AND DEVOID OF HER AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE.  CHRISTEL KHALIL DOES NOT BRING THE SISTERGIRL OUT OF LILY AT ALL. I RESPECT HER AS AN ACTRESS BUT SHE HAS NO SENSE OF CONNECTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS DESPITE HER BEING HALF-AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

Summer’s new so-called model friend Esmeralda has been providing Summer drugs so she can handle life as a Jabot model.  Summer fell and collapsed due to heart failure.  My thang is: ESMERALDA IS A NAME RESERVED FOR WITCHES (LIKE THE SHY WITCH ON THE CLASSIC SITCOM BEWITCHED) AND BITCHES (LIKE FANCY’S FRIEND ESME (ESMERALDA) ON PASSIONS).  SHE IS GOING TO BE BLAMED FOR SUMMER’S HOSPITALIZATION EITHER BY JACK OR NICK.

This is from the week of January 13 – January 17, 2014 on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

Donald Peebles

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Kristoff vs. Michael Muhney: REMIX

I just saw this post on Facebook about Kristoff St. John making public comments about former co-star Michael Muhney, who got terminated from his role as popular villain Adam Newman on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS for allegedly sexual harassing co-star Hunter King (Summer Newman Abbott).

http://soapoperadigest.com/content/yrs-kristoff-st-john-we-want-end

The entire post Kristoff placed onto his Facebook page is as follows: https://www.facebook.com/kristoffstjohn/posts/10203270751389945

My position on this is:

(1) I love Kristoff St. John but he needs not to interfere in this matter which should be taken care of by Sony, CBS, Lee Phillip Bell, the Bell Family, Jill Farren Phelps, Angelica McDaniel, Michael Muhney, his LAWYER/LAWYERS, his agent, Hunter King, her LAWYER/LAWYERS and her agent.  This is NOT his battle.

(2) Kristoff needs to address the IMPORTANT issues and isms afflicting the state of the soap opera industry and the place African American actors and actresses have in it.

(3) Kristoff needs to hope he will keep his 23-year stint as Neil Winters intact in 2014.  From this day, he does not get enough airtime as it is.  Like how he told Victoria Rowell on an episode of Jamie Foxx’s Sirius Radio show “The Foxxhole”, he had to eat.  He needs to focus on continuing to have to eat and not interfere in affairs pertaining to other co-stars on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

(4) Kristoff needs to listen to Yolanda Adams’ song “The Battle Is Not Yours, It’s The Lord’s”

Donald Peebles

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Monday, January 13, 2014

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Tyler and Abby’s Stalker Story

Today’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS featured Tyler and Abby talking about a new home.  He refused to live in the Newman residence with Abby and her family because he wanted to be the one to support the both of them as a man.  They located their mutual dream home online and contacted the realtor.  Unfortunately, Tyler received the call from the realtor, who told him how “his wife” changed her mind about the dream house.  We know it was not Abby, but his unseen ex-girlfriend Mariah, who is stalking them.

It took me a long time to finally accept and embrace interracial relationships in real-life and on daytime television.  I had my problems, issues, and isms with it in the past but an old acquaintance of mine once advised when I complained about it to LIVE MY LIFE.  I did not get it back when he advised me but I get it now. Life is too short and too long to be moaning, groaning, venting, and bitching about who people choose to love, romance, sex, marry, and build with.  I never expected Tyler to get with Abby because I banked on him getting with Lily last year but it did not happen as anticipated. Tyler has had casual one-night stands with a White woman during his infatuation with Lily so I knew that he was not only into Black women. I am getting used to seeing Redaric Williams and Melissa Ordway as an on-screen prominent couple who happens to be interracial. I have come to accept fully the fact that there are many interracial relationships, romances, unions, marriages, and families in America and the rest of the world. There is a saying which goes like this: WHEN IT COMES TO MATTERS OF THE HEART, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

While I have reconciled with my feelings about interracial relationships, there are two things I am not feeling about their story line.  One: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS already did two stalker story lines just last year with Neil, Lily, and Devon being stalked by a mysterious person who ended up being Hillary and with Lauren being stalked by Carmine.  The writers need to get together with their stalker obsession. Two: I am so tired of the Black or Biracial-looking woman stalking their Black ex-boyfriends and their non-Black girlfriends and wives.  The same thing happened on ALL MY CHILDREN in 1995 when Taylor Roxbury-Cannon became the crazy and unhinged Black woman who framed her Black ex-lover Noah Keefer for an accidental murder of Louie Greco and made as if Noah intentionally killed him.  Taylor even followed Noah and his true love, Tex-Mex Hispanic/Latina Julia Santos, to Jamaica when they were on the run from Taylor’s lie.  She tried to drown Julia before being apprehended by Jackson Montgomery and the Jamaican authorities who extradited her back to Pine Valley.  In regards to Tyler and Abby’s stalker story, we already know Mariah is going to be played by either a light-skinned African-American, Biracial/Multiracial, or Biracial/Racially Ambiguous actress because the casting directors love casting Biracial, Multiracial, Mixed, and Lighter Than Brown Paper Bag actors and actresses on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.  That is another CHOCOLATE SUDS blog.

Donald Peebles

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Monday, January 13, 2014

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Kristoff St. John’s Plea for Michael Muhney to “Set the Record Straight”

As all of the fans and viewers of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS have already heard, actor Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) has been terminated from the shady soaper.  One of the rumored reasons is that he groped and sexually harassed co-star Hunter King (Summer Newman Abbott).  This has produced lots of negative publicity and controversy for the 41-year-old show.

Several actors and actresses have spoken out on the matter, which I personally feel is uncalled for and tacky at best because it is a case of He said, she said and it should be handled professionally by Sony, CBS, Lee Phillip Bell, the Bell Family, Jill Farren Phelps, Angelica McDaniel, Michael Muhney, and Hunter King.  They have included Melody Thomas Scott, Eileen Davidson, Eric Braeden, Kelli Goss, Robert Adamson, Jerry Douglas, and Kristoff St. John.

Kristoff tweeted Michael on Twitter for him to “set the record straight” about the allegations of Michael’s sexual harassment of Hunter.  He tweeted the following: “Please set the record straight, for those of us that have to take the abuse from the fans.  It’s hard to watch and read. #Bro” 

I like Kristoff and always have, but I personally do not feel it was his nor the other actors’ place to intervene in this matter.  Kristoff needs to worry about his own position on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and make sure he continues to bring it as Neil Winters.  He needs to speak out about getting MORE airtime instead of either Wednesdays or twice a week under the Jill Farren Phelps/Shelley Altman regime.

To paraphrase gospel singer Yolanda Adams, the battle is NOT Kristoff’s nor the other actors.  It’s the LORD’s! 

Donald Peebles

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

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Congratulations to 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards (2014) were announced on Thursday, January 9, 2014.  I look forward to watching it on Saturday, February 22, 2014, on TVOne, although I may not get a chance to watch since my friend Eleanor’s cable carrier does not carry TVOne.  I have to work around this someway somehow.

Some of our favorite African-American and Biracial daytime television performers received nominations for their work on three of the four remaining soap operas.

In the category of Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, the following actors were nominated:

Aaron Spears – Justin Barber, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Kristoff St. John – Neil Winters, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Lawrence Saint-Victor – Carter Walton, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Redaric Williams, Tyler Michaelson, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Tequan Richmond – T.J. Ashford, GENERAL HOSPITAL

In the category of Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, the following actresses were nominated:

Angell Conwell – Leslie Michaelson, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Christel Khalil – Lily Ashby, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Karla Mosley – Maya Avant, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Kristolyn Lloyd – Dayzee Forrester, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Tatyana Ali – Roxanne, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

On the behalf of CHOCOLATE SUDS, I want to congratulate ALL of the nominees in these categories.

I have predictions of the winners and they are: Kristoff St. John and Tatyana Ali.

Do you agree with my predictions? Why? Why not? I would love to see your own predictions on the winners.

Donald Peebles

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

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Happy New Year for Chocolate Suds

I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year.  2013 is gone and 2014 is finally here.

I wanted to do a 2013 roundup of my likes and dislikes of Black images on daytime television, soap operas, and web series/soaps. 2013 was an interesting year for soaps because all four of the current national soaps blew ratings out of the box and gave the naysayers, haters, and doubtful who felt the soaps were done A RENEWED look at the relevancy of soap operas in our world.  I am proud of GENERAL HOSPITAL for showing ABC why it needed to exist during its 50th anniversary with their highest ratings in years under Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati as respectively Executive Producer and Head Writer.  THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS disappointed me with the installation of Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps, the resigning of Head Writer Josh Griffith, the boring, yawning and uninteresting storylines, and mass firings of actors and actresses who were wasted despite stellar daytime television and soap opera fame and notoriety.  THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL had to figure out what to do after the retirement of legendary Daytime Emmy winner Susan Flannery from her role as fashion matriarch Stephanie Douglas Forrester yet bored me and many of the tiresome Steffy/Liam/Hope love triangle.  DAYS OF OUR LIVES made me watch due to Eileen Davidson returning to her juicy role as Kristen Blake DiMera but she got let go and went back to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS to her famous role as Ashley Abbott on a recurring basis.  I don’t feel she should had went back because they never treat Ashley and Eileen with respect at all but I guess she has to eat like everyone else. I was so excited for the return of my iconic and favorite lifelong soaps, ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, on an online format via The Online Network, courtesy of Prospect Park and Hulu.  I watched the premieres on April 29, 2013 with much amazement and fanfare to see my favorite characters from Pine Valley and Llanview.  However, Prospect Park had too many issues and isms with itself and they all dwindled down to the shows and caused the fans to give up hope that these shows could actually change the landscape of soaps.  I was disappointed when the show airings were scaled back from four times a week to twice a week and finally one new episode on Mondays.  There was then legal issues Prospect Park had with ABC regarding the usage of Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson, and Michael Easton’s OLTL characters as Todd Manning, Starr Manning, and John McBain on GENERAL HOSPITAL.  There was another issue with labor unions and the Connecticut filming not being secured and confirmed.  Prospect Park was a mess from the beginning as it proved it did not know anything about the behind the scenes production of soaps and therefore yanked the shows off without giving the fans and viewers a proper announcement.  I loved Season One of ALL MY CHILDREN and it was better than ONE LIFE TO LIVE in my opinion.  Too bad they are not coming back for Season 2 at least on The Online Network.  We are all still wondering if ABC would bring them back but we have to leave all of this to God.  We have to stay tuned like they say in the soap industry.  I finally got the chance to watch both shows last and this week.

When it comes to African Americans on daytime television in 2013, I had my likes and dislikes.  I will go down the soaps and give it to you raw and organic like you all know I do as host and blogger of CHOCOLATE SUDS.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: I was NOT feeling the storyline in which Neil Winters was being stalked. I hoped that Sony finally lifted its blacklisting of Victoria Rowell and have her return to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS to reprise her iconic role as Drucilla Winters.  Many of our hopes were dashed when Drucilla was NOT the stalker.  It ended up being newcomer Hillary Curtis, whom I swore was going to be Neil’s unknown daughter.  I was not watching soaps during the summer and early fall to see the story unwrap but I did read on social media how Hillary was the biracial daughter of a White woman named Rose Turner, who was the drinking buddy of both the late Gus Rogan and Neil Winters.  I really wanted Hillary to totally bitch it up as a Biracial version of Kendall Hart from ALL MY CHILDREN and make Lily Ashby’s life a living hell.  I really thought Hillary was going to tear the Winters family with lots of drama and hate but she was tamed and redeemed so far.  I got disappointed when Lily did not give her cookies to Tyler and I guess that made the Lane (Lily/Cane) fans happy that a Black man did not break up an interracial couple’s marriage and family up.  Tyler ended up with Abby Newman on the rebound.  Actually, I am not surprised at all because Abby should have been in a hot romance with Devon while he was in the recurring relationship with Roxanne.  I am convinced that Victoria Rowell was right about Christel Khalil not wanting Lily to be paired with a Black man.  Oh well! There are some Black and Biracial people who do not want to date nor marry other Blacks and even Biracials.  Devon inherited the fortune of his White grandmother, Katherine Chancellor, who passed away, and found himself breaking up with Roxanne, at odds with phoney/fake friend Mason Wilder, and hating yet having a slight feeling for Hillary.  I was shocked when Mason and Hillary were sleeping together.  I was always convinced Mason was one of those DL guys but I guess he is not.  Leslie and Neil were still together and now engaged, despite her not liking children which includes his son Moses, whom I feel will be aged into a little badass soon.  Overall, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS remained the top soap opera with a huge African-American audience and the only soap with the most African-American and Biracial cast members, consisting of Kristoff St. John, Christel Khalil, Bryton James, Redaric Williams, Lamon Archey, Angell Conwell, and Mishael Morgan.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL reunited GUIDING LIGHT and WED-LOCKED on-screen marrieds Lawrence Saint-Victor and Karla Mosley as new characters Carter Walton and Maya Avant.  This was refreshing to have a little bit more color on this show which has famously not known what to do with their characters who happened to have been Black, Latino/a, and LGBT.  I was NOT expecting Karla to become a LEADING LADY on the show at all.  I got shocked when Maya became the new love interest of Rick Forrester because I did not think he was into Black women.  Who knew! I knew somewhere down the line Carter and Maya were going to hook up eventually, given Lawrence and Karla’s chemistry.  There are people still weighing in on Lawrence’s acting but hey, he is considered one of the hunks of B&B.  While it was great to have had Lawrence and Karla join the cast, B&B relegated Texas Battle and Kristolyn Lloyd to recurring status as Marcus and Dayzee Forrester. It would have been great to have Dayzee being blackmailed by Maya because of their past and risking her marriage because of it.  It would have been delicious to have had Maya go after Marcus and scheming with Carter to ensure Marcus and Dayzee’s marriage would have broken up.  Unfortunately, Maya became wrapped up in a love triangle with newly-written spoiled bitch Caroline Spencer for the affections of Rick.  She was thrown together with Carter, thanks to Caroline’s schemes of creating a reality show for Maya so she could break up with Rick.  Maya and Caroline became Bridezillas, racing to see who would get married at the altar first, and becoming unlikely friends.  It looks like now Maya is with Carter for the time being.  2013 was definitely Karla Mosley’s year and I am happy for her.  Unfortunately, colorism dampened on Kristolyn Lloyd’s parade as Dayzee was fazed out due to her dark skin in my opinion.  Kristolyn is supposedly on break to perform in an upcoming play in New York but I feel she knew what time it was when Karla received more airtime, partly due to her safe fair brown skin for Caucasian and even African-American fans and viewers.  Colorism still happens in daytime television even though no one wants to admit it.  I am still waiting for B&B to hire Othello Clark full-time as Othello but I do not think daytime wants a dark-skinned African-American man sporting locks like Timothy D. Stickney did as R.J. Gannon on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Redaric Williams, Lamon Archey, and Lawrence Saint-Victor was profiled in the online edition of EBONY as the newest Black male hunks on daytime television.  I was proud of them but the writer of the article, Karu F. Daniels, seemed partial to CBS soaps and liked them because they were and are “BROTHERMAN” types. Karu did NOT feature Texas Battle and other African-American male actors such as Kristoff St. John, Bryton James, James Reynolds, Nathan Owens, Sean Blakemore, Tequan Richmond, and Marc Anthony Samuel. I have a feeling the EBONY article was a plug to get straight African-American women to tune in to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES has always been a Middle American soap opera and deserves a big-fat F because Dr. Cameron Davis did not get the chance to deflower and flourish in his relationship with virginal Abigail Deveraux. The writers did not know what to do with him after the death of Cameron’s half-sister, Lexie Carver.  Nathan Owens eventually got let go.  I really believe many of the DAYS audiences did NOT want a Horton/Deveraux losing her virginity to a Biracial man with an African-American mama like Celeste Perrault.  I had been waiting to see if Abe Carver would move on from grieving Lexie’s death and getting with Dr. Kayla Brady and that remains to be seen.  I do not think DAYS OF OUR LIVES is going to pair them up before trying to convince Stephen Nichols to return as Kayla’s soulmate, Steve “Patch” Johnson.  I am still pissed at how DAYS OF OUR LIVES does NOT have an African-American leading actress at all.  It is as if they do not want any African-American/Black women on the canvas at all on contract.  Actress/Singer Dawnn Lewis REALLY needs a full-time job as Dr. Knapp but it looks like Sony, Executive Producer Ken Corday, and NBC is not thinking about Black women right now.  This is why it is my least favorite soap opera on air currently.

GENERAL HOSPITAL had three Black males in top storylines.  Shawn Butler taking the place as the hired killing enforcer for Sonny Corinthos after Jason Morgan’s presumed death while breaking up with legal eagle Alexis Davis over his working for Sonny and the accidental shooting of Olivia Falconeri when Franco was the intended target.  He also held Kelly’s down as resident cook and all-around-help.  T.J. Ashford found himself in a teeny-boppy interracial love quadrangle between him, Molly, Taylor Dubois, and Rafe Kovich Jr.  He gave it up to Taylor on prom night which ended up being cancelled and upset at seeing Molly kissing Rafe.  Taylor’s brother Felix has mellowed down from over the top gay Black stereotype to devoted best friend to Sabrina, fashion expert, and pursued by creepy lab director Brad.  While I was glad GENERAL HOSPITAL hired Samantha Logan as Taylor as a contract Black female, I am still pissed at how Sonya Eddy was and is still recurring and unappreciated as Nurse Epiphany Johnson although she showcased her singing talents during the Nurses Ball as the lead singer of Epiphany and the Revelations (Monica and Tracy).  As for Samantha, she was let go and replaced by Pepi Sonuga, who is NOT getting airtime and play because she is dark-skinned and I dare anyone to tell and convince me otherwise.  Daytime is still a place where dark-skinned Black actresses are not given much airtime due to colorism by mostly Caucasian casting directors and writers who have their own standards of beauty when it comes to African-Americans/Blacks.  It was great to hear how GREY’S ANATOMY actress Chandra Wilson is guest-starring on GENERAL HOSPITAL and we are wondering who she will be playing, whether her GREY’S ANATOMY character Dr. Miranda Bailey or another character.  It looks like whichever character she will play will be one of Dr. Kevin Collins’s patients.  Shawn and T.J. ended up being in the middle of the Port Charles mob war between Sonny and the resurrected Julian Jerome/Derek Wells.

GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Todd Davis passed away at the age of 61.  I advocated for the media announcement of his death.  I gave a shout-out and thanks to We Love Soaps and Roger Newcomb for having the courage and the balls to give him a proper tribute.  He was best-known for his role as Brian Phillips from 1978 to 1987 and the legendary Brian and Claudia love story.  R.I.P. Todd Davis. I wished that Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati would have invited Todd and Bianca Ferguson for the 50th anniversary but they did not.  It would have been great to have seen whatever happened to Brian, Claudia, and their twins.

Prospect Park’s retool of ALL MY CHILDREN had the African-American supercouple Jesse and Angie Hubbard in one of the TOP if not the TOP storyline with Angie’s adopted daughter Cassandra Foster getting kidnapped and forced into sexual trafficking under the Koslovs.  It was painful to watch Cassandra experience this but it really proved that Sal Stowers was much more than an AMERICA NEXT TOP MODEL winner.  I cried during much of the scenes between Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan, and Sal Stowers.  I was happy to have seen Darnell and Debbi back working after THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS wasted their fame and soap opera legend as Sarge and Yolanda “Harmony” Hamilton and got rid of them after Jill Farren Phelps took reign of the soap and cleaned house.  Debbi PUT HER FEET IN IT as always but surprised the soap world by deciding not to submit her scenes for a Daytime Emmy nomination after ALL MY CHILDREN getting cancelled.  Debbi was supposed to have WON in 2012 but Heather Tom won Lead Actress instead so she could break Daytime Emmy awards and to slight and cheat Debbi.  She knew the deal and it is a shame how no Black actresses ever received the Lead Actress award ever.  Debbi is back working now and she will play in the upcoming 50 Cent-produced STARZ series POWER as Naturi Naughton’s mother.  I am waiting for her memoir to get published. Too bad ALL MY CHILDREN got cancelled because I was growing into the amazing on-screen chemistry between Debbi and Vincent Irizarry, who played the dastardly Dr. David Hayward.  Many people clamored for Angie and David to get together.  Oh well!

ONE LIFE TO LIVE was OKAY with their new recast of Destiny Evans with model/actress Laura Harrier, but it did not really translate well to many fans and viewers.  Destiny’s spunk and determination was watered down from when she was portrayed by darker, younger, and chubbier Shanell Edmonds.  She had ZERO chemistry with both Robert Gorrie, who played Matthew Buchanan, the father of their Biracial son, Drew, and with former Disney teen Corbin Bleu, who played the mysterious Jeffrey King, an investigative writer who came on board onto The Banner to help Viki out.  It was a relief how Destiny did not get into the rumored prostitution storyline originally proposed during the early stages.  She ended up working at The Banner in the ads department and having selfish pride in raising Drew as a single mother while she could have asked Bo and Nora for money and gotten help from her suddenly missing grandparents, Richard and Phylicia, and her uncle Shaun, who made his return towards the middle.  Something was missing with Destiny and I did not fall for her newfound friendship with Natalie.  It did not make any sense because Destiny was really best friends with Danielle on the original ABC version and yet became a stranger to her while Danielle was wiling out on drugs and conflicted with her feelings for Matthew.  I really and truly wished that Jeffrey could have been the great-great grandson of Sadie Gray and great-grandson of Carla and Ed Hall and that would have been great for OLTL to reach back to its original core Black family.  It would have been juicy for Jeffrey to befriend Viki while getting revenge for Great-Grandma Carla.  I did not expect him to have been working with Carl Petersen to bring down the Lords and the Buchanans over that mysterious tattoo mess.  It looked like Corbin was NOT feeling his scenes with Laura Harrier.  It was great to have had Sean Ringgold return as Shaun Evans and see him in scenes with his Des but it was so short-lived while Shaun had to protect teen asshole Jack Manning from any possible danger.  You know OLTL had to have their favorite hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg appear there under his short-lived moniker Snoop Lion to pay Bo and Nora a visit and to give Matthew advice about fatherhood.  After all, Snoop Lion was the songwriter of the new OLTL theme song “Brand New Start” which featured White singer IZA as lead vocalist. Snoop Lion’s REINCARNATED album poster was on the wall at Matthew, Dani, and Jeffrey’s Three Company-type apartment.  ONE LIFE TO LIVE was okay but not as exciting as ALL MY CHILDREN.  It would have been interesting if Destiny did have that original storyline as a single mother who became a call-girl and risked losing custody of Drew.  I even noticed how the first dark-skinned Black child actor playing Drew was replaced with a browner-skinned older child I guess as a way for the show to age him into what a Biracial Buchanan had to look like.

I hope 2014 will be better to my African-American/Black and Biracial brothers and sisters on daytime television and soap operas.  I will be doing much much as host of the CHOCOLATE SUDS show on YouTube and blogger of the accompanying blog here on WordPress.  I am planning on creating Facebook and Twitter pages for CHOCOLATE SUDS so this can go to the next level.

The YouTube show will resume in February during Black History Month.  It will be bigger, better and Blacker than ever in 2014.

Happy New Year on the behalf of CHOCOLATE SUDS.

Donald Peebles

Host and Blogger of CHOCOLATE SUDS

Thursday, January 9, 2014

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Todd Davis’s Memory Will Not Be Forgotten

I cannot stop crying over the sudden death of African-American soap opera star Todd Davis. He was known for his portrayal of Bryan Phillips on GENERAL HOSPITAL from 1978 to 1986 and for the popular Bryan and Claudia love story in the African-American and even Caucasian fans, viewers, and audiences. He was also on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as the second Josh Hall after Laurence Fishbourne left the role. If I knew he was in the play KINGFISH, AMOS N’ANDY at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Jamaica, New York in 2006, I would have seen the play and maybe gotten the chance to interview him for my book on African-American soap opera history. Now I cannot interview him at all and it saddens me very much. I have to do this book to give these African-American soap opera performers and industry insiders their DUE and CREDIT in an industry which does NOT recognize many African-American contributions in this industry. Todd Davis is NOT going to be forgotten because I am going to make sure he gets HIS DUE and CREDIT during this time and when I write my comprehensive book. I have to do it and stop laying around. No one else is going to do it. I recognize, realize, and acknowledge this NOW so I am going to get off my ass and begin my research from the radio days. I am upset at the news of his death because he did not get his due after GENERAL HOSPITAL. He should have been invited back for the 50th anniversary along with Bianca Ferguson as Bryan and Claudia but Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati did not feel they were important. They were IMPORTANT although mainstream soap opera media may not consider them. They paved the way for Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan on ALL MY CHILDREN and Kristoff St. John and Victoria Rowell on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. They were the popular Black couples on ABC from the late 1970s along with Dr. Frank and Nancy Grant (John Danelle and Lisa Wilkinson, AMC), Al Freeman Jr. and Ellen Holly (Ed and Carla Hall, OLTL), and Irving Allen Lee and Yahee (Calvin and Star Stoner, THE EDGE OF NIGHT). Todd Davis will not be forgotten. R.I.P. Todd Davis.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Chocolate Suds

 

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Victoria Rowell: Loved and Hated

Christel is NOT liked by many in the Black community except the ones who are INTERRACIALISTS. Many feel she does NOT represent Black women. She does not want Victoria Rowell back. It was Victoria who tried introducing her to African-American culture when she took her to the Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. Parade in Hollywood. I think Christel does NOT want to know anything about the African-American side of her mixed heritage. That is her right and decision because not every biracial Black/White person is going to identify with their Black side. She does not want to be Black. She prefers being White. Victoria is hated by many fans, Black and White, for speaking out about the behind the scenes drama and racial disparities. Yes she went a little overboard on Twitter but no one says anything about racists like Amanda Bynes and others who say things about Black people every day. A biracial Black woman like Victoria tells it and puts Peter Bergman, Michelle Stafford, Christel Khalil, and Melody Thomas Scott on blast and suddenly she is a troublemaker. Many Black and White people do NOT like a Black person talking about WHITE PEOPLE especially their WHITE HEROES AND IDOLS. They say Victoria is bitter but I do not think she is. I believe her and Ellen Holly for speaking out about their trials and tribulations behind the scenes at Y&R and OLTL. Racism is REAL but many people wanna say people use the “race card” and they got that term from the OJ Simpson Trial from 1994 to 1995. Soap operas are JOBS like OTHER JOBS and there is OFFICE POLITICS. Soap operas are NO DIFFERENT from a regular 9 to 5 so let’s not get it TWISTED to think everyone on these jobs are so EBONY AND IVORY, ONE BIG RAINBOW COALITION and KUMBAYA. There are people on jobs who do not like different people. It would be okay of Victoria and Ellen were silent about things happening to them. Most Black and White people do NOT want to confront issues of RACE and RACISM and rather be ostriches with their heads in the sand. Yes Victoria left her own but THERE WAS A REASON. I do believe after Bill Bell Sr. passed away, there were many jealous people on that set who SHOWN HER THEIR ASSES AND TRUE COLORS. They did not like the fact Victoria was able to get many of her ideas onto the show because they could not. No one said anything when Edward Scott worked behind the scenes and his WIFE Melody Thomas Scott got ALL of the juicy Nikki storylines. That was a nepotism too but that is okay though but people bitched when a biracial Black woman got most of her ideas approved by Bill Bell Sr. who saw and recognized her TALENT and POTENTIAL. After he died, the game changed and worked against her. Lee Phillip Bell did NOT stand up for her at all. She was probably envious of her husband allowing Victoria’s ideas on the show which enriched the storylines and the show. She was put under the bus when she was rejected for wanting to write for the show and wanting to go over to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. This is mostly why she left and I do not blame her. When you know you are an employee who can really be a leader and entrepreneur and NOT a peon and brings talents to the table, it feels great. When other people thwart your ambition to the point where you no longer want to be on a job, I get it. Now she may not can return to Y&R because CBS CEO Leslie Moonves (the husband of Julie Chen) and Sony VP Steve Kent are working to BLACKBALL and BLACKLIST her from working on Y&R, B&B, and even DAYS OF OUR LIVES (owned by SONY too). God is still in charge because she is still acting, writing, and doing her foster care awareness work. Victoria Rowell is loved and hated and that is life. We are ALL loved and hated as humans.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Chocolate Suds

 

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Chocolate Suds, Part 1: Y&R and B&B (5/25/2013)

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Chocolate Suds

 

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Cane/Lily/Tyler/Leslie/Neil/Jill

It is obvious that Lily (Christel Khalil) wants Tyler (Redaric Williams) more than a partner on the Jabot campaign.  She wants that milk chocolate muscled morsel and his dick into her bed.  She wants some chocolate milk in her mouth.  Jill Abbott Fenmore (Jess Walton) picked up on that when having a lunch meeting with “adopted” son Cane (Daniel Goddard) at the Genoa City Athletic Club/the Genoa City Hotel.  She should know since she slept with most of the town.  She was arguing with Cane over Chancellor Industries before becoming Cane’s “mother” again when it came to the threat of Tyler ruining his and Lily’s marriage and family. He assured Tyler was a threat at first and he wanted to kick his ass behind but he trusts Lily.  Jill doesn’t buy it at all.  

Leslie (Angell Conwell) has been trying to warn Tyler not to get involved with Lily but he is not listening to his sister.  She has been reminding him about a previous experience with another married young lady named Mariah.  He does not care because he wants Lily despite her marriage to Cane and her motherhood of Charlie and Matilda.

Neil (Kristoff St. John) knows Tyler wants Lily but is letting her deal with it on her own.  He knows he is no saint himself since he impregnated Sofia Dupre Winters behind his brother Malcolm’s back and produced Moses. 

Jill is probably using this to detract Cane from fully and effectively running Chancellor Industries as the new appointed CEO.  She is up to something and not looking out for his best interests.  Who is she fooling? Him, not me!

This is Donald Peebles, your host and blogger for CHOCOLATE SUDS.

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Chocolate Suds

 

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