A rose by any other name would not be sweet.
On September 13, during the closing of the new NBC show passwordhost Keke Palmer hopped into the player’s bench with teammate Yvette Nicole Brown and tried to deliver the clue – “Titanic” – with just one word: “Has risen.”
As Jimmy Fallon, Joel McHale, and Chrissy Metz looked on, Palmer said it over and over, communicating with her eyes and body like her words.
Something said in Brown’s face that she knew right away, but how could she? All Palmer gave her to her was “Rose”. However, the social communication The actress can say: the relationship between the two women was clear. “Oh, look I don’t want to get it wrong, but I think it is…” Brown said with self-deprecation, and her voice receded.
As the two continued working on the evidence, Brown told the audience, “Listen, there’s a lot of black conversation going on here.” Then finally, self-doubt was written on her face, and her answer revealed: “Titanic.” And the crowd became unruly.
Brown, season two of Disney+ big shots Premiere on October 12, I talked to him NEWSWEEK About why that moment is so much more than a fun little game show.
She said, “The funny thing is, I don’t even know how I knew.” NEWSWEEK On September 22. “I could have said thorn, I could have said golden girls. I could have said Betty White. Like, there are a lot of things that ‘Rose’ can lead to, but there’s just something about the way Kiki said ‘Rose’ even the first time I made my mind go, ‘Titanic’. If I watch, I’ll go, “Oh,” and then, “Oh yeah.”
It was an amazing TV moment, but it meant more to Brown than that.
“What I love… in regards to black women [is] This is how black women can communicate with each other. I do not lie. We can communicate from across the room, with an eyebrow raised, and the other will know exactly what they’re thinking. We can have a full conversation, we never open our mouths. And so Kiki was literally telling me with her eyes… It was all there.”
In a way, the fallout goes deeper, and it’s goosebumps-inducing, in the best way.
“When I said [to Keke], ‘I’m about to let you down’ and she said, ‘You can’t, that wasn’t her saying ‘You owe me’ or ‘You can’t let me down. This was her saying, “There’s no way you can disappoint me.” This was her saying, “You know this, I got this.” Those were the ones who encouraged me, didn’t discipline me about my performance. That’s why I want people to know the way Black women celebrate and support each other,” Brown said. Titanic But it can’t be Titanic. She was telling me, trust yourself. It was just a beautiful moment and I’m so glad it spread so fast because I don’t know if everyone [knows] Black women can do that. I don’t know if everyone knows that this is how we communicate and that is how we move through this culture. Blacks call each other brother and sister for a reason; We are relatives. We’re a family, and I don’t have to, I don’t have to have my bloodline in order to celebrate and support.”
She continued, “You know, this came up recently on Twitter because I was talking about the 53 percent of white women who voted for Trump. And I said, ‘I don’t understand how a white woman can have a candidate who looks like them.’…who was an amazingly qualified lead woman who didn’t vote And a lot of white women walked in and said, ‘Oh, we don’t support each other like that… We grew up seeing each other as a threat.’ I tell you, if I got a hundred tweets, nine out of ten said exactly that… and I was like, Whoa… because mostly black women – of course, there are always extreme values - but as a rule, if you walk into a grocery store and see a woman A black I’ve never met and I said, “Hi,” she’d say to me, “Hello, sister.” If a black man held the door for you said to me, “Thank you, brother.” [he’ll say], “I got you a sister.” This is how it is.”
It was also important to Brown to “give Kiki her flowers,” she says NEWSWEEK“I’ve known her since she was 12. She’s literally everything you see and believe in. She’s funny. She’s confident. She’s beautiful. She’s talented. She’s smart but beyond that. She’s also inclusive and celebrates other people. Because This is the other thing I want to make clear about our conversation with black people, as I show it on the show: It’s not exclusive. It’s not against anyone else. It doesn’t alienate anyone. Everyone can sit with everyone, you can come to our table. It’s love. It’s our love. For each other as black and black women, but it extends to our love for everyone. That’s why I always say on Twitter if you’re going to vote, like a black woman because we vote for everyone. I don’t have kids and I vote for school standards all the time because I want your kids to get an education… I I’m not [in my] Childbearing years anymore but I want women to have the right to choose. Blacks and women in particular always vote for the common good. We love for the common good. And so what Kiki and I have been able to do with the “black tuition”, as I call it, I don’t feel it’s not for them. Do you know what I mean? It’s not our thing and it doesn’t go off and celebrate with others.”
NEWSWEEK I reached out to Keke Palmer representatives for comment.