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WHO SHARES THE REALITY BURDEN IN THE PLIGHT OF BLACK WOMEN?

The debate on Black women and how they are represented–or rather misrepresented–on reality television is one that is old and tired, yet continues to be the topic of discussion as networks continue to crank out shows that do less uplifting and more stereotyping. On any given Sunday or Monday night you’re sure to see beautiful, yet flawed women of color bickering over trivial drama, cat fighting over men and perpetuating the far too common “mean girl” persona. After nearly a decade of low-brow style reality television shows from “Flavor of Love” to “Love & Hip-Hop,” we’ve seen the plight of… Continue Reading

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XXL: Recap of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Reunion Part 2

Take look at my XXL recap of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Reunion Part 2: As expected, the second installment of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s reunion show reached an all-time high of buffoonery. Picking back up from last week’s cliffhanger, show creator Mona Scott-Young sat down with the season’s tumultuous couple, rapper Rasheeda and her husband of 13 years, Kirk Frost, to discuss Kirk’s infidelity and shocking demand for Rasheeda to have an abortion because it was “bad timing.” A nonchalant Kirk seemed unremorseful and practically made up excuses for his behavior, arguing that Rasheeda’s “Do You” attitude gave him… Continue Reading

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Season Report Card: Is ‘The Gossip Game’ TV’s Answer to Ending Black Women Stereotypes?

Vh1′s latest reality show The Gossip Game recently ended its first season, but unlike its fellow franchises like Love & Hip-Hop and Basketball Wives, there was very little chatter both during its airing and after. The Gossip Game, which captured the lives of women working in hip-hop journalism, unlike the aforementioned television series seemed to be embarking on a new style of reality TV. After dozens of online petitions and a barrage of cultural criticisms regarding the depiction of African-American women on television, it appeared that Gossip Game was intended to be the answer to the black community’s roaring call for… Continue Reading