Give Them N***a’s A Show

Image courtesy of Access Atlanta

Image courtesy of Access Atlanta

 Reality shows have become the new standard for entertainment in television. The Food network to TV Land, there are few networks that do not offer some form of a reality show. The Real World and Survivor are widely noted for being the catalyst in the reality TV movement. While there are many shows that offer a range of ignorance for viewers to indulge in, there seems to be an increasing trend in reality tv shows aimed for black audiences. VH1 may be the starting point for the black reality show explosion, as they greenlight shows for every  black person imaginable. The infamous Flavor Flav and his quest for love was the first step in the black reality show trail. Flav’s dating show led to Ray J receiving a show, and from there VH1 opened to Salt-N-Pepa, Fantasia, a single Chili from TLC, NBA groupies divorcees Wives, Terrell Owens, and the list goes on.

 

BET joined in the reality festivities with College Hill, Tiny & Toya, and the best show ever, Frankie & Neffe.  The Real Housewives of Atlanta is another notable show, and while its target demographic is not necessarily blacks, the main cast is predominantly black and they are increasingly shown in the worst light. Are networks giving blacks more reality shows because the ratings are great? Are networks apart of “the man’s plot” to portray blacks in a negative light? Why are blacks the main cast on so many reality shows, and only a small percentage have an overall positive message? I am not complaining, because I have certainly tuned in regularly to a few of these shows, and while they may deteriorate my brain cells, they do provide a good laugh and overall insight into how diverse the black race is in knowledge and ethics. The question is whether networks are capitalizing on the reality show craze at the expense of black celebs and viewers. Should we have higher expectations for our television lineups, or is it just harmless 30 minutes of entertainment. Before you answer, check the list below of reality shows that feature predominately black casts, and tell us what you think….   

  • Flavor of Love
  • I Love New York
  • Real Chance of Love
  • I Want To Work For Diddy
  • College Hill
  • Tiny & Toya
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Frankie & Neffe
  • Making The Band
  • The T.O. Show
  • The Salt-N-Pepa Show
  • For the Love of Ray J
  • What Chili Wants
  • Basketball Wives
  • Fantasia For Real
  • Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business
  • Monica: Still Standing
  • Lisa Raye: The Real McCoy
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • Growing Up Gotti
  • Run’s House
  • Daddy’s Girls
  • Harlem Heights
  • Snoop Dogg’s Fatherhood

I’m sure there are some shows missing, feel free to fill the void and let us know what other “n***a’s we should give a reality show!”     

By: Sarah J

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2 Comments

  1. r u 4real???

  2. Sarah J……THE WHOLE MOVEMENT IS GOING ON REALITY AT THIS POINT. IT STARTED WIT DA WHITE SINGLE BOY LOOKING 4 A WIFE. ALL WE DID WAS CASHED IN ON THE MONEY!!!!! DNT B MAD CUZ DA NIGGAS (AS U CALL US) WANT SOME OF THAT MONEY!!!


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