IN TV LAND: “WORKING WHILE BLACK”
WHILE WATCHING THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS ON SUNDAY ON NBC – I found myself thinking “wow! It does not appear that any blacks will be going home with a Golden Globe tonight!” Even though a few blacks were nominated, none had won, including Idris Elba for the “Mandela” film or Kerry Washington for the hit tv series, “Scandal.” But at the very end, AFTER 26 awards were presented, “12 Years A Slave,” won in the category of Best Film, which made up for the lack of black winners in the hours -long award show.
AND BECAUSE I AM SO THRILLED TO SEE THAT “BLACK IS BACK ” ON PRIMETIME AND CABLE TV. There was a time a few years ago, that African-American faces were becoming less and less prevalent in sitcoms and shows. But now, I am happy to say, that the networks are realizing that their shows were lacking the spicy, sexy and sassy flavor that black folks are capable of serving up, whether you like it or not!
THERE ARE MORE SHOWS ON THE AIR WITH BLACKS STARRING in them, that I have lost count, but I am happy as hell about it because I am a TV junkie for sure and I am not ashamed to say it! IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, just look at this list:
TALK SHOWS: Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Arsenio. Queen Latifah, Trisha Goddard
REALITY SHOWS: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Love & Hip Hop,” “Blood, Sweat and Heels,” “The Braxton Family Values,” “Raising Whitley,” “L.A. Hair,” Iyanla Vanzant (Fix My Life), “Basketball Wives,” “Hollywood Exes,” “Divas, ” The Real Husbands of Hollywood.” ” T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” “6 Little McGhees,” “Mary, Mary,” “SWV Reunited”
SITCOMS: ” Are We There Yet,” “First Family,” “Mr. Box Office, “That Girl,” “Love Thy Neighbors,” “Let’s Stay Together,” “Meet The Browns,” “House of Payne,” “For Better or for Worse.”
GAME SHOW HOSTS: Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Wayne Brady, De Rey Davis, Sherri Shepherd, D. L. Hughley.
TV DRAMA SERIES: “The Haves and The Have Nots,” “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Scandal,” “Single Ladies.”
JUDGE SHOWS: Greg Mathis, Judge Karen, Judge Ross, Judge Lynn Tolar, “Paternity Court.”
I AM SURE I HAVE left off a few folks and shows, but believe me, blacks are back…so we cannot complain, especially since the decision makers are mostly all from another community. After all, we do not have a lot of Tyler Perrys or Oprah Winfreys running around! (smile) And I cannot remember a time when African Americans were this prevalent on the small screen. Even though we may not approve or like the various roles or characters that some are playing, at least the roles are not totally vulgar considering that so much sex talk and cursing is the norm these days on TV. The cat fighting is still embarrassing …but it is not as consistent as it used to be. It has toned down somewhat. And the positive and funny roles are very well done and plentiful.
SO, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TV LAND, WE CAN NO LONGER COMPLAIN, AND WE CAN HONESTLY SAY: “WORKING WHILE BLACK: IN TVLAND !”
YEAH, I said it….Stella In The City!
Posted on January 18, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged being mary jane, black in hollywood, black in tvland, black tv shows, golden globes, met the browns, queen latifah, stella foster, STELLA IN THE CITY. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.