Arts + Culture

This Tiffany Haddish Interview With Jimmy Kimmel Has the Internet In Stitches

'Girl's Trip' star Tiffany Haddish appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and the interview is a must-watch.

DIASPORA—Girl's Trip star Tiffany Haddish appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and the interview is a must-watch.


Aside from being a talented actor and comedian, the LA-native—whose late father was Eritrean—is also a notably skilled storyteller. She shares a hilarious anecdote about taking Will Smith and her Girl's Trip co-star Jada Pinkett Smith on a Groupon swamp tour while high.

Of course, the Smiths had no clue what a Groupon was, but it seems like they had a blast nonetheless. Even Will and Jada just want to be "regular people" sometimes.

Watch the full clip below.

For more on Haddish, watch her very candid Breakfast Club interview from last month, where she discusses her childhood, her come up, meeting her father for the first time and more.

Girl's Trip opens today!

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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