I haven't made it a secret that I hate reality shows. From 'Basketball Wives' to 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta', I hate all of these shows. I try to give them a chance in the beginning hoping they'll prove me wrong and actually display some redeeming qualities, but it never fails they always find their way to the gutter.
So you know I was a little skeptical when I found out there was going to be a reality show based around the family of superstar singer, Toni Braxton. But in an attempt to give the show a chance, I watched the debut last year and let's just say I've been hooked every since. Outside the show being very entertaining (which it is) and centered around a strong family unit, I love the fact that the show displays how the women utilize therapy.
Yes, therapy is the reason why I love the show. You know I am a very big proponent of therapy and believe black people especially need to utilize it more. The women of 'Braxton Family Values' (BFV) take advantage of all that therapy has to offer. They go to group counseling, marriage counseling, and psychoanalytic therapy. These ladies definitely run the gamut when it comes to seeking outside help for their problems.
Therapy is one of those things that has carried a serious stigma when it comes to the African American community. For the most part, if African Americans seek outside help it's normally from a clergy or someone in a religious position of authority. Rarely would we seek help from a professional whose been trained in psychoanalysis and therapy. But the times are changing and more African Americans are seeking out therapy.
Shows like BFV are taking away the stigma from therapy and I love that.