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I didn’t watch The Game – all these people did

12 Jan

Take my black card. Sue me. I don’t care.

I was never uber excited about the return of the show. I wasn’t on it like that when it was on the CW. Maybe I could forecast that a run on BET would prove to be subpar, and from what I’m reading, it was.

So, instead of actually watching the show as it premiered Tuesday night, (1.11.11 meant so much to people because of the show’s return) I just watched my twitter feed for a bit, and waited until the morning, when the blogosphere would be overflowing with commentary about a show that we may soon see why they took it off in the first place.

Sorry Tia Mowry. I really dugg you growing up, and even in your last Lifetime Movie with your sister.

The New York Times covered the return, and the challenges that the show, and Executive Producers Salim and Mara Brock Akil will face going forward on BET.

The show left viewers with questions, as posed by Awesomely Luvvie, Southern Girl in the City, and one of my new favorite blogs, Magnet for Foolishness.

Blogger Mahoganie Jade, writer of Mahoganie: Musings East of the Anacostia River touched on the show before pointing readers to Tigger 500’s Season Four Premiere Review, which does a great character study and Mediastrut’s The Game Makes A Sloppy Return to Television, pointing out the character’s disconnectedness and suggests, with hope, that the show will rise beyond this rocky beginning in future episodes.

Of what I’ve read that has concerned me is that the Akil’s are in danger of losing much of the base of supporters that lobbied so strongly to resuscitate this show. As one blogger wrote, it’s more of a late night soap opera, no longer the dramedy with lovable characters that viewers were drawn to.

Not to mention we’re still discussing “the color issue” (i.e. a change in the actress that plays Britney, Jason and Kelly’s daughter.) The 10 year mixed child with bronze skin and blondish hair has been replaced with a brown skinned dark haired older actress. I’m not sure what the true issue is here. I recognize that actors/actresses become unavailable, especially after a two year hiatus. But usually, we’re causing a ruckus when the color lines go the other way. Perhaps it was the attitude that seemed to come with the new actress, which, might not be present in a 12 year-old, just yet.

I guess the bigger color issue was the “that boy is yellow” and Derwin and Janay are not situation. Wow, I mean, it’s really real out here in our community, and apparently African American parents rely on their kids skin tone to indicate paternity. In this hypothetical case, I guess it made sense. But two years later? Hmm….

I will tune in to future episodes of the Game, but I’m in no rush. You all keep me plenty entertained with your tweets and blog posts. Keep ’em coming.

Fam, have you read anything else that I should see related to the premiere of The Game? Post your comments and other links.

My Mic Sounds Nice:Documentary Sheds Light on Female MCs, Deserves a Part II

5 Sep
“A Truth about Women & Hip Hop”
BET does good! For once. It takes a woman’s voice to tell the story of female MCs. Ava DuVernay, got her experience as the 2008 critically-acclaimed hip-hop documentary, This is the Life.

I thought this was a tremendous education for people who believe female MCing began with Foxy & Kim (no shots) or even with Queen Latifah. There is a rich history of females on the mic that needs to be recorded and taught. Women started out with the best of them. Everyone should know the history of female MCs and support the FUTURE of a brighter day in rap for women.

Some people think rap is dead. I certainly hope not. And if it’s dying, it’s such a sad way for the genre to go out. There needs to be a focus on talent and creativity. Don’t expect that there will ever be another Lauryn Hill.  We were blessed. Don’t expect that there will be another Missy Elliott – she was a triple threat talent that will be hard to duplicate.
It’s no secret I don’t care for  hip hop’s reigning queen, Nicki Minaj. I’m not hating on her success or her tight hair weave. I’m hating on the fact that she used to like girls and now she’s sold her soul to be put on with one of the most reckless, misogynistic crews out there. According to the documentary, that’s one of the tenants for successful female MCs in hip hop and Nicki Minaj hit them all. 1) align yourself with a male crew, 2) have a quirky edge and 3) sell sex.

All I can say is be true to yourself, at all times.
That’s why we loved MC Lyte and Queen Latifah and Roxanne Shonte – they were themselves. Talented and boastful, just as braggadocious as their male counterparts and never afraid to battle ANYONE at ANYTIME.

My Mic Sounds Nice will re-air on BET on September 5th and 7th at 10pm.  I’m no director, but a part two might  look at the choices that some of the Femcees made. There were choices of life and family and education. I think a part two might also look at the financial aspects of hip hop and how women have faired in other arenas of popular culture.  Basically, everyone agrees that they would like to see more of this type of content on BET. It was high quality. And women want to see our stories told with in our voice.
What say you? Did you catch the documentary? What stood out to you?