*Cedric the Entertainer and his “Barbershop 3” co-stars are making the rounds to tell how the film deals with real-life issues, and TMZ caught up with the comedian at LAX to ask his opinion about UFC superstar Ronda Rousey’s revelation that she’s part black.
The comedian expressed how proud he is that she can conveniently use her black card when her life, or bank account, depend on it.
Cedric said “all black dudes” love Ronda, so if she ever retires from beating up other chicks, Ced hopes her next job is to join the cast of ‘Love & Hip Hop’ so she can “beat everybody’s ass!”
Of course TMZ’s camera guy had to know if the fact that her great-grandfather was black gives Ronda permission to use “the word.”
“She looks too white to be able to go, ‘Nigga, please’,” Cedric replies.
Check out the clips below, including Ronda’s mother revealing this surprising detail about her family’s lineage.
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As Fox Sports reports, TMZ caught up with Rousey in LA recently and asked her what was the last movie she’d seen. While Rousey politely declined to answer the question, her momma was more than happy to tell.
“‘Before His Time’ It’s about my grandfather, Ronda’s great-grandfather. They show it during Black History Month every year in Canada because he was one of the first black physicians in North America.” Dr. AnnMaria De Mars said.
The documentary covers the life of Trinidadian doctor Dr. Alfred E. Waddell. His bio on the White Pine Pictures (a Canadian production company), says this about him:
The son of a headmaster, Alfred Waddell set out for New York in 1923 with his young bride Amelia Maria, dreaming of becoming a doctor.
The couple worked menial jobs to support themselves in New York. In 1928 Alfred left his family to study medicine at Dalhousie’s medical school in Halifax. Amelia Maria finally joined him with their 4 children. Graduating in 1933, he faced the suspicions of Halifax’s white and black communities who regarded him as an “outsider.” His practice took off slowly. Members of the Chinese community were among his first clients.
Despite his own hardships, Waddell treated many isolated people who had no access to medical care. Waddell brought medicine to far flung black communities; spoke out against injustice; and even billeted black musicians like Cab Calloway, when he could not get a hotel room. A champion of social equality, Dr. Waddell raised his children with ideas of fairness and earned the respect of an entire city.
Although he died of a heart attack before he could see many of the social changes he fought for, Alfred Waddell is remembered fondly his those who benefited from his advocacy.
Watch Cedric’s response:
In this clip, Ronda’s mother reveals her great-grandfather was black: