My man Earl Ofari Hutchinson wrote a book called The Assassination of the Black Male Image. While many seem to believe that many African-American men are just being hypersensitive and race-baiting when this topic comes up, I find it hard to argue with the images put out there by the media for all the world to see about black men.
We all know that every people group has their “dark side” and the money to be made through reality TV shows mean that even the dominate group gets exposed with shows like Honey Boo Boo. However, for every “Honey Boo Boo”, there are shows like “The Bachelor” showing a rich and handsome prince having his pick of numerous dainty-damsels. African-American’s get Flavor Flav and Ray J. complete with ladies that…well…lets just say they appear to never have had a father in any stage of their lives.
Now the dominate culture has polygamous Kody Brown, who stars on TLC’s hit, “Sister Wives”. The show displays a loving guy who is just living a normal life with his four wives and 28 children.
What image is put on TV showing the African-American male?
Shawty-Lo and ten mother’s of his children, aka “baby mommas”.
I was hoping this is a joke, but after reading the article below and the accompanying video on the website (parental discretion is advised if you choose to watch the video), I’m afraid it is not. It just appears to be another project that gets the green-light from Hollywood because it fits into every stereotype about African-American men, women, and children.
Somehow, I don’t think they would want to do a show on my Christian, homeschooling, cross-cultural family (interracial to use the inaccurate term). No, black people and white people don’t get along like that and that’s not compelling TV.
But let me give some CSD advice to Shawty Lo (actually, I have a lot of advice I’d like to give him):
Do your people group a favor. If you want to do a reality show, why don’t you marry all those women and have more kids so we can at least say you’re the black Kody and that you’re trying to be a good dad and husband. While I’m not down with polygamy, that’s much more palatable and a greater ambition. Because right now, you need to have that “Dave Chappelle moment” where you realize that the people putting together that show and hyping up your antics are not laughing with you, but laughing at you.
…and likely millions of others will be doing the same at you, your girls, and your children.
At least think about your kids, because in the world of Google and Youtube, what you and the mothers are doing in front of the camera will live long after you are gone, and one day your children will have to live with the consequences. They may not be willing to sellout for fame and money like momma and daddy did, at least I sure hope not.
Oh yea, check out the podcast that I did with J-Sizzle, as we discussed what being a real father is all about: here.
“Someone at the Oxygen network has truly scrapped the bottom of the barrel for this one!
The cable network has announced the production of a new one-hour special, “All My Babies’ Mamas,” which features the day-to-day drama-filled shenanigans of Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo (pictured), his 10 baby mamas and their army of 11 children, reports TV By the Numbers.
The one-hit wonder rapper and G-Unit member, whose actual name is Carlos Walker, is surrounded by the women he bedded as well as their offspring. The project focuses on how everyone is vying for the attention of the homestead’s head honcho (who, by the way ain’t nothing at all to look at) and anti-birth control poster child.
Each baby mama has an eye-catching title such as the ‘First Lady E’Creia,’ who handles Lo’s finances and who was actually engaged to him at one point after he already had three children. Then there’s Angela, the “Fighter Baby Mama,” Amanda, the “Jealous Baby Mama,” Sujuan, the “Wanna-be Bougie Baby Mama” and Tamara, the “No-Drama Baby Mama.”
(I know, the names take “ratchet monikers” to another level.)
Lo, 36, also has a 19-year-old girlfriend, Ashlin, who is also featured on the show and who claims to be madly in love with him. The clueless young woman met Lo when he already had 10 children and is actually a year younger than his oldest child. My guess is that she, too, will soon make her shameful announcement of a bun in the oven so that Lo will have an even dozen.
The special, which in no way can be likened to the 60′s classic “The Brady Bunch,” is set to air in spring 2013. And, if the one-hour show gets green-lighted into an actual series, I for one, will cancel any connection to Oxygen that I agreed to with my cable installer!”