Mar 14, 2012




I went through a DVR purge. Yes, you read that correctly. I purged my DVR of all the nonsense shows I have no business watching. I've gotten rid of Real Housewives of Atlanta as well as Basketball Wives. And my least favorite, Love and Hip Hop, bit the dust after its first season. I just can't do it anymore. Even though I didn't watch these shows in real time, I still left them on my DVR which was no better.

I was trying to buy into the mindset that this is just entertainment, but the truth of the matter is, it's not. The depiction of black women on these shows have really been detrimental to the images of black women around the world. It's just the reality of the situation.

Many people say that television in itself is mindless entertainment, but the truth is that television is what shapes a lot people's minds about different groups of people. A lot of people don't live in diverse communities and so for some of them their only interaction with a black woman is through Basketball Wives.

I wish we could just see it as harmless entertainment, but the simple fact that we don't have a balance when it comes to the depiction of black people on television is why we have to be concerned about our portrayal.

My purge has definitely left me in the dark when it comes to conversations I have with my friends, but after I explain to them why I did what I did they completely understand.

It's not enough that we demand movie and television executives to change. We have to be williong to change our viewing habits and I did that by first purging my DVR of all the garbage that was junking it up.

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