Perhaps it is the vintage afro that Thelma wore, or the closeness of the Evans family that draws me in, but I love the show Good Times. Though the actors supposedly expressed disapproval of the negative and hopeless story lines, Good Times remains a classic fictional account of ghetto life in Chicago during the 1970s. Though the show was meant to depict project life in Chicago, it was actually filmed in a studio in Hollywood. Despite the separate location, the writers were able to replicate many historical facts that still exist about Chicago: politics, poverty, crime, and segregation. Sadly, some of the same story lines that were relevant in the 1970s are still very much relevant today. However dismal the reports seem, I am optimistic that we are on the verge of a NEW Chicago; a city that will set the example for urban renewal for other Midwest cities that are also plagued with violence and poverty. I am somehow optimistic that there are some Good Times on the horizon.
Any time you meet a payment.
Any time you need a friend.
Any time you're out from under.
Not getting hastled, not getting hustled.
Keepin' your head above water,
Making a wave when you can.
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