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Dyn-o-mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times -- A Memoir
9 Aug 2012 // 6:20 PM

Starting in small clubs and eventually opening for Black Panther rallies, Jimmie Walker became an icon, playing J. J. on Good Times. He was the first successful young black sitcom star, and his catchphrase -- “Dyn-o-mite!” -- remains an indicator of the era.

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