Black History Month kicked off with an episode brimming with facts about black pop-culture on “Drunk History.” Questlove, Carl Tart and Ashley Nicole Black each narrated a badass anecdote revealing some facts that will stick with us forever. Here are the highlights of the episode!
Questlove Narrates the Birth of Hip-Hop in 1970s New York
After he realized he had just invented scratching, Theodore Livingston “had a Batman…’wait-til-they-get-a-load-of-me’ moment.”
Yeah, it was awesome to see a kid let loose on a couple turn-tables, but you have to appreciate seeing O’Shea Jackson Jr. as DJ Kool Here and Method Man as Grandmaster Flash. Is it just me, or did they look phenomenal in these costumes?!
Carl Tart Elaborates on the Foundation of Motown Records
Carl had to stop talking about Berry Gordy’s “assembly line of people” because he dropped an ice cube between his legs. He and Derek ended up creating a “get that ice cube out of your ass” song, which honestly made me laugh way harder than it should have.
After Berry Gordy retired, he was “an old-ass man, 86-years-old, sittin’ on the beach…buyin’ stuff on Amazon.” Just look at this image. The backdrop sheet. The painter’s taoe on cardboard boxes. And the laptop. This image is blessed with the grace of Berry Gordy and the effects of liquor on the human body.
Ashley Nicole Black Recalls Nichelle Nichols’ Star Trek Career and Beyond
“No, I’m Martin Luther King, Jr. I have no chill.”
Get it, MLK! It’s always weird to think about historic figures nerding out over the same things ordinary people do, but knowing that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Trekkie is even more surreal to me and this interaction had me dying.
Hands-down, the interaction between Nichelle Nichols and Martin Luther King, Jr. was my favorite part of this episode. All jokes aside, I now know that MLK was a big reason Nichelle stayed with “Star Trek,” and that just makes her character’s presence even more significant.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to immediately make this image my new desktop background. This shot was epic and amazing and made me cry because I found it so hilarious. Seeing Raven Symone portray Nichelle Nichols was the best moment of Feb. 2018 so far. But seeing Raven Symone portray Nichelle Nichols floating in space?
I couldn’t have asked for a better episode last week, and I am so looking forward to seeing what tonight has in store! “Drunk History” airs tonight at 10 p.m. with a new episode called “Sex” on Comedy Central!