So, I am not one to pull the race card at all, so I won't but I have to say that when I was doing my blog entry for best new tv shows, it really hit me that there is absolutely NO black tv show on network television besides Brothers (not unless you want to include The Cleveland Show, which is an animated show). How can this be?? Granted TV shows aren't what they usually are but it had me thinking. They keep saying that we are progressing as a nation in terms of race but I don't know if I personally agree with that. I think the world just knows how to cover it up better and we've reached a point where we are not even sure if something is racist or not. I sorta digress, but I think this might or might not be one of the examples.
I got to this country in 1999. Over the years, there were a lot of black sitcoms on tv - Sister, Sister, Wayans Brothers, Parenthood, My Wife and Kids etc etc. Fast forward 10 years and nothing. How did this happen? Check your tv stations and check out the number of syndicated black sitcoms on tv - Good Times, Cosby Show, The Jeffersons, Martin, Living Single the list goes on and on. What I want to note is that these T.V shows were on air for longer than one season. They lasted for years AND were doing well in the ratings. What changed? Ladies and Gentlemen, it was a slow phase out. The major networks suddenly dropped all major black cast tv shows and we were relegated to only WB and UPN. Then they decide to merge and only about 4 shows were left including the ever popular Girlfriends and The Game. All of a sudden, "ratings were low" and these shows were cancelled. Girlfriends (which is a very well written show) didn't even have the dignity of a series finale.
Okay, I don't buy this b.s that they call Nielsen Ratings because as big of a TV addict as I am, no one has ever asked about my tv watching habits. Who are the people being measured? How are they getting these numbers? This is the reason that's always given when you ask why a show was cancelled but in Taynement's ratings, almost every black person I knew watched Girlfriends and The Game (BET picked this up and will start airing new eps in 2010). I did not forget about The Wire which was on HBO (not network tv) and was critically one of the best shows on T.V but even then, the show never got any recognition from any of the major awards shows.
I don't have access to any studio exec but my assumption is that they a lot of black shows will not transcend the black audience and cross over to the white audience. If my assumption is right, then it's gonna be a long time before we see any on TV. I think it's kind of sad for younger kids not to see faces that look like them on T.V.
So what do you guys think? DO you think that in this day and age we can have an all black show that will actually stay on air?
NEW YORK I LOVE YOU : I was so excited to see this movie and I was let down. The stories just seemed odd, even for short stories and didn't have the romanticism that its French equivalent had - Je T'aime Paris. I only like 3 of the stories and sorry to bring in politics but it was kind of hard to watch a movie about love in new york (supposed melting pot) and there were no stories centered on gay people or black people ( hey, the indians, jewish, chinese, brits etc were represented)
GOOD HAIR : Ok, how do I review this movie? Ok, remember that Chimamanda video where she said : The problem with stereotypes isn't that they are untrue but they are incomplete? That about sums up the movie. Yes, it was true but I am a black woman so I know wassup, but any other person will leave the theater with totally wrong idea. I don't know if I can give examples without spoilers. My friend that I went with felt like it set us back and a lady walking out the theater with us thought it was trash lol. I really feel that's the only way Chris could probably get the movie greenlit (with exaggeration) but besides that it was an entertaining movie.
THE INVENTION OF LYING : Enjoyable romantic comedy. It was basically showing a world where there were no lies and asking if you'd choose your life partner based on looks or what makes you happy (if he is not so goodlooking). Ricky Gervais is already a comedic genius so I was expecting to like it and I did.