Sunday’s episode of the HBO show Insecure led to a lot of discussion across social media.
I originally spoke about it in my own thread on Twitter.
That Twitter thread led to me writing a piece on The Root sharing my own experiences.
Insecure regularly reminds me of the lessons I am thankful to have learned in my late 20s and early 30s about relationships, sexuality and owning my womanhood. As the second season gets off to a hard and fast start, I am reminded that I have been Issa, I have been Tasha and I have fucked my fair share of Lawrences over the years.
Read “I Have Been Issa. I Have Been Tasha. I Have Had My Fair Share of Lawrences“
In the season finale Jenna’s friend said that Ceejai’ should go “pick cotton.” Then Jenna proceeded to call Ceejai’ “ratchet.” All of this boiled over to Ceejai’ attacking Jenna and leaving her with a Black eye. Ceejai’ gets kicked off the show, the fight goes viral and the show gets more buzz than any other time in years. All on the back of Black trauma.Real World has been around for almost 25 years and they’ve thrived on drama and conflict. Which is understandable because it’s a reality show. It’s just time for them to figure out some other way to manufacture that drama without using Black pain to get them there.And let’s remember that we’ve yet to see what happens in a season when White people are in a house outnumbered by Black people, let alone when there’s only one White person in a house full of Black people. It’d be interesting to see who looks “crazy” then.
Source: The Real World And Its History Of Exploiting Black Pain | Bossip
Black people have always been in the center ring on “The Real World.” Placing them in a house with six clueless white people and expecting things to go smoothly is always a recipe for disaster and entertainment. Bunim-Murray has profited off of this formula for 25 years. It’s time for a new formula.
Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s executive vice president and general manager, says that it’s the movies themselves that have made the franchise a classic. “People love a great story,” he said. “And I think at their heart, Lifetime movies are always about great drama and pure storytelling. That’s what it is, as simple as that.”
It almost seems unfair to have Alfonso Ribeiro performing on a dance competition show. After all, this is The Tap Dance Kid we’re talking about.
He even had a commercial with the Thriller Maker.
Oh, and don’t forget; he provided us with an instruction book for how to breakdance and rap complete with a foldout cardboard to breakdance on.
OK, so most people know him for his portrayal of Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and most people remember him doing the Carlton Dance on that show.
The Carlton Dance made us love both Carlton and the actor portraying him who put so much life into those arm swings the happiness was infectious. It is for those people that Alfonso turned up last night on Dancing With The Stars, earning him and his partner a perfect score for their number.
If he doesn’t win this thing, we know it’s rigged.