In Honor Of Black History Month: A Shout Out To Winston Zeddemore, The Black Ghostbuster

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Winston Zeddemore

Words by Tony Grands

Winston Zeddemore (played by Ernie Hudson) wasn’t a scientist or a doctor like Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Peter Venkman.He was, for lack of a better term, a brother looking for a job. He was the attitude and the soul of the group. Kinda like the B.A. Barracus of the team.

If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.

Proving to be more than just a token character for the movies, Winston was carried over to the video game and cartoon versions of the film franchise. Not only did he add a bit of color and swagger to an otherwise pasty, round-cornered group, but Hudson portrayed Zeddemore like a regular joe, the average cat who played his position on the totem pole yet didn’t become a caricature of himself. Not once was there any shucking and jiving or toe-tapping. And who knows; that may have been the original intent to an extent, if that makes any sense. The audience couldn’t tell, if so.

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Dr. Winston Zeddemore

Throughout the time line of the Ghostbusters universe, it is revealed that Winston was a construction worker before applying to the employment ad that made him an official ghost buster. Later on, Winston went back to college, acquired a degree, and officially did become a doctor, like his colleagues. He also graduated from being Ecto-1’s mechanic and driver to becoming a full-fledged licensed pilot.

Winston Zeddemore, we salute your efforts and applaud your place in Black History.

I’m Winston Zeddmore, Your Honor. I’ve only been with the company for a couple of weeks, but these things are real. Since I joined these men, I’ve seen shit that’ll turn you white.

Words by Tony Grands
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2 comments on “In Honor Of Black History Month: A Shout Out To Winston Zeddemore, The Black Ghostbuster

  1. Reblogged this on Circa 94 Beats and commented:
    “If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.”

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