Controversial VIBE Issue
I just wanted to say that this Vibe issue has a lot of people up in arms on Facebook and Twitter. If I had to weigh in on it I would have to say that Kandi and Tamar are on another level then Chrissy and Evelyn. In reality or should I say Fake-ality TV we now have too many shows that put women in a crazy and unflatering light, especially black women. I would never say that I have never watched any of the shows, but there really has to come a point where you say enough is enough. Other then Kandi I would never want my child or my little sister to emulate any of the other women that are on this cover. Now I will say that Evelyn is working on some other positive things to grow her brand, however that is over shadowed by her actions on Basketball Wives. What are we saying to young girls when we put the title of wife behind some of these women that have never been and may never be wives in there lives? What value is it that you need to be behind a successful man in order for you to stand in the spot light.
This is breeding a new generation of golddiggers. Not all of the woman on this cover embody that image, although that is tarnished by some of the other women that are on the cover.
Make sure that you check out the link and make you own judgement call.
~Young Smoove X’n out the competition
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
REALITY TELEVISION’S VENGEFUL, ’BOW-THROWING DRAMA QUEENS GET PAID TO ANTE UP, CATFIGHT AND GO DUMB FOR A LIVING. THEY’RE ALSO FUNNY, THOUGHTFUL MOTHERS, SISTERS AND SELF-MADE BUSINESSWOMEN WHO’VE SPUN OUR THIRSTS FOR THEATER INTO BANKABLE FAME. CAN THEY LIVE? —BONSU THOMPSON
There’s a much-abused adage that’s referenced in chats, debates and tweets, usually in defense of questionable conduct: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” That remixed Marilyn Monroe quote could be an unofficial slogan for the reality television explosion. Especially given scenes like one on the recent fourth season of Basketball Wives. While filming inside the pricey New York City eatery Cibo, a rabid Evelyn Lozada, the VH1 show’s most vocal star, stormed around the dinner table, lifted an uncorked bottle of wine and launched it at cast freshmen Kenya Bell, who’d previously called Lozada “loose.” The beverage whizzed past the head of BBW executive producer, Shaunie O’Neal and exploded onto the floor. Expletives followed, along with a plate, but no repercussions.
While networks have churned perverse drama like this into a ratings mammoth (VH1, Bravo and WE tv lead all cable networks in adult female viewing), the stars whose salaries average in the half-millions are left with much fandom, fortune and flack. Until recently, much of the outrage about going ratchet for ratings has been confined to social circles. But after viewing a later BBW episode—in which Evelyn leapt on the table this time—media personality Star Jones produced a petition in hopes of aborting Evelyn’s spin-off, Ev and Ocho, premiering in September. Jones stated: “The violence on Basketball Wives is horrible and disgraceful…VH1 is rewarding this behavior.”
Unfortunately, the majority of these mavens of mayhem are also some of the biggest public representatives for African-American and Hispanic women. While reasonable adults can relish in junk food programming as toffeed guilty pleasure, those same exhibitions pose risks for impressionable youth. How does a parent advocate lady-like decorum when Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes fetches a million dollars per season for misbehaving the most? VIBE opened the floor to four of the genre’s leading ladies and spinoff recipients—Evelyn, Kandi Burruss (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), Tamar Braxton (WE tv’s Braxton Family Values) and Chrissy Lampkin (VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop)—in hopes of gaining insight on why these women are handsomely paid to seldom behave.