Ya Know, I Never Thought Arsenio Hall Dissed De La Soul on The Arsenio Hall Show

Ya Know, I Never Thought Arsenio Hall Dissed De La Soul on The Arsenio Hall Show

Memory is a funny thing. For instance, according to my memory I watched The Arsenio Hall Show regularly and had riveting conversations with my friends about the cultural significance of you-know-who-said-you-know-what-to-you-know-who-about-whatever-it-was-that-had-happened on the show the night before. The truth is, though, that The Arsenio Hall Show debuted when I was 9-years-old and living in Frankfurt, Germany, and my household absolutely did not have CBS—my military brats all feel me on that AFN life—and the only time I ever saw it in real time was when I was staying with my grandma in Atlanta during those early 90s summers. I remember huddling up in my cousin’s bedroom to see whoever was going to be on that night. Oh yeah, and I literally only remember the show as being full of Black guests, largely hip-hop artists, Farrakhan and that time Presidential-nominee Bill Clinton played a saxophone on the show and convinced a bunch of Black people that he would be “our first Black president.” Memory can be trash. So imagine my surprise when I decided to watch old clips of the show …
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