Lord, do we
have some guilty pleasures.
has seen this show, well the new one at least. You know,
the show where P. Diddy selects 6 talented individuals
to become tomorrow's hit hip-hop group? Everyone I know
watches this show religiously. Hell, I watch it myself.
What's more entertaining than seeing, right in front
of your very eyes, a group so filled with conflict that
they put to shame the problems that Destiny's Child
has had. Well, at least no one has left the group, yet.
Oh, but we all know that we are anxiously waiting for
something to get so bad that someone is oust from the
day one, this group has made me sick and yet I continue
to watch the show. Here they are, being given the chance
of a life time to make a record and become overnight
success stories. They didn't have to do audition after
audition for Label A and Label C. They weren't forced
to go through some of the crap that people, who still
are where they started, have to go through and yet,
they find time to fight and argue with one another.
Folks around here would kill for the chance that they
will tell you were their first mistake came from. They
thought that when they got into hip hop, that everything
was all easy. You could tell by the way they performed
that all they thought this game was, was to pick up
a mic and spit some lyrics and then money would just
start piling up. Oh, but when that proved false to them,
they got attitudes. The night that P. Diddy made them
walk to Brooklyn to fetch him some cheese cake, I, along
with my friend Carmen, laughed hysterically. But after
listening to them say that they would go home before
they walked to Brooklyn, I knew that they were nothing
that I want to spend my money on. Every artist I love
had to struggle to get what they earned. These six artists
basically went through a tamed version of Mtv's Road
Rules and with the talent that they had made the band.
is all I see them do, week after week. It's fine for
the moment, but at the same time I am so disappointed.
I don't mean to jump into my Malcolm X. mode but I can't
help it. The majority of America is white and the majority
of them own a television. I don't care who you are,
you have prejudgments about ever race and culture. Often
times, those prejudgments are based on stereotypes and
while watching the show, all I can think is how those
six individuals are confirming those stereotypes to
everyone watching. Everyone who tunes in sees these
black folks fighting, cursing, yelling, and at some
points being lazy as hell. Whether they like it or not,
they are a reflection of us and I can't stand being
represented in that way.
still love the show right? Who cares that they make
us look like fools and act stoopid in front
of America. As long as we are entertained, everything