I wish that it was some type of way to show the world the amount of success the African American race has accomplished. I wish they could see that there are so many real life Huxtable families. Watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta was so painful. It was a direct reflection of the stereotype of black people with money. All of the wives were married to athletes or entertainers. Come on Atlanta I am sure you could have found some black doctors, lawyers, or business owners.
The problem is that only the athletes and entertainer families would probably agree to be on television. Others understand the amount of embarrassment these shows could bring to our community, because networks love to spin the negativity and drama in every story.
If only someone could create a show that would not look to pull out the drama and negativity. I know that the majority of the world is overly entertained by drama, but I am confident that there are other interesting things out there.
I'm thinking Making the Band without showing the groups breaking up.
I'm thinking Real Housewives of Atlanta and showing the rich history of our community. I think people would be amazed to see how well off some of our people really are. I think it would be interesting to see how organizations like the Links and Jack and Jill operate. Also maybe showing how we celebrate our family reunions and bbq's. Really giving insight into a part of the black community that they do not see. If we were interested in the Cosby's....then we will be interested in this.
I'm thinking College Hill and maybe instead of showing who is F'ing who, possibly showing black step shows, probates, homecomings, diversity on the campus...
I'm thinking Harlem Heights and showing more of their grind then their gossip.
Don't get me wrong, some of these shows do have some positive areas on them. They highlight some great things about black people. But I still think there is more drama and negative stereotypes than not.
I applaud the people and the networks that attempted to create reality shows that capture our culture. But I just ask that you expand your creativity so that you are not stuck only showing drama because you think it will sell. Brilliant ideas are what sell. It's all in your angle and how you market it. (remember someone had to discover that the world liked drama, reality TV, stand up comedy, cartoons, etc..set the next standard)