They say first impressions are everything. I am not impressed. I am actually embarrassed and ashamed at the depiction of our people in such a negative light in the year 2009. Black Entertainment Television, I am not entertained. A show based on two un-wed Mothers who happen to have children by Wealthy Rappers is the best we could come up with? Really? I mean Really? It ended for me the minute they opened their mouths. They both sound as if they walked away from school in the fourth grade. Definitely NOT the strong Black woman my God daughters, niece and cousins needs to see when they turn on the television.
On the surface, their real-life story plays out like an urban fairytale – both women falling in love with two of hip hop’s most successful princes (T.I. and Lil’ Wayne) and living the life of the rich and famous.
I Go IN after the jump…
Urban Fairytale? If you ask me, this show gives the Green light for Young women to aspire to have sex with Rappers, spit out children, and have a Louis Vuitton Bag for every day of the week-based off the earnings of the Father of their Children. Real Positive. Both women lack education, and could not stand on their own two feet without the earnings of the men who’s children they bare. I’ll tell you what an Urban Fairytale is, it’s that of two individuals who seek to be the best possible human beings that they can be through education, self awareness and independence first. Possessing the skills to stand alone, love themselves and Then seeking a mate with the same characteristics to build with. Building a family that is strong and leading by example so that their children know what to do when they leave the nest and walk into adulthood.
They are tired of being defined by others (in the shadow of their high-profile men) and are determined to rely on each other and the strength from within to find their purpose and build a brighter future for themselves and their families. (how?)
I’m not coming down on Tiny and Toya- well yeah I am. It’s unrealistic to promote this lifestyle and the means by which it was obtained without promoting yet another stereotype that we should be seeking to destroy. I am appalled by what I saw last night. Have no clue about the rest of the season but here’s a thought, seek to be educated. That would turn this entire show around. If school is not your thing take some speech courses so you can articulate yourself in a more graceful manner. Education comes in all shapes and forms and is not limited to a University or Campus. Show the millions of young black women, who will unfortunately be tuned in that there is more to life then getting knocked up by a Rapper and that if they must choose being independent is the primary goal.
If that’s not the goal of this show, thanks for projecting yet another stereo type to the masses.
We appreciate it.
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