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Dec 28, 2012

As 2012’s end draws near, we can reflect on our mistakes and ways to improve for 2013. Some are making the prerequisite New Year’s Resolutions, while others prefer to simply wait and see what 2013 holds. But one thing I think we all share: we want better in the coming year. Including what we were fed on television, right? Alas, it doesn’t look like TV execs are thinking like we do, for after bringing us shows like “Honey Boo Boo,” “Basketball Wives,” the many Real Housewives,” and “Love and Hip-Hop, ”where I thought they had hit the bottom feed, another which may be scraping even lower, is scheduled for 2013. The Oxygen network thought it was a brilliant idea to bring to your living room another reality show featuring a rapper who has 10 children with 11 “baby mamas.” No, I kid you not. Rapper Shawty Lo and the women he has 10 children with, will be starring in an hour long show where I guess he and his “harem of women” will show us the complexities of serial baby making without that pesky little thing called marriage or a commited, monogamous relationship. Buffoonery is sure to be the main ingredient, judging by what has already passed for reality shows on our televisions and the Pilot of the show being shown around the web. More of the loud, dumbed down, head shaking, fighting, trivial, materialistic, shallow B.S. that scroll across cable channels--with many made up of black women and men, fulfilling every negative stereotype there is. The show, which is called “All My Babies Mamas,” scheduled to debut in the spring, was filmed in Atlanta, the home of another “hot mess” of a reality show, “Love and Hip-Hop.” Senior Vice-President of Development at Oxygen Media, Cori Abrahams, reportedly said this about the show, “All My Babies Mamas will be filled with outrageous and authentic over-the- top moments that our young, diverse, female audience can tweet and gossip about.” The main star of the show Shawty Lo, who was part of the Atlanta rap group D4L, will surely deliver, for he has an interesting “family” life. He reportedly has a new love, who is the same age as his oldest daughter but is younger than his oldest son. Are you keeping up with this convoluted family tree? Which begs the question: what is wrong with some of us? Has society broken down to such a degree, that television executives feel they can feed our young a constant diet of intellectually deficient diatribe? Which came first, the garbage now clogging our television screens or our appetite for garbage? Children are failing in schools, with America ranking in the double digits globally in science and English language. Our inner city schools are woefully substandard, while the high school drop-out rate, especially for boys, grows yearly. (Read it here). Yet we pontificate on television, with the demographic tuning in to watch this harmful indoctrination masquerading as entertainment, being out teens and young adults. What are we teaching them? That dropping babies like flies, wearing grills and other heavy jewelry and drinking Diddy’s &ldquoimp” drink Crystal, is “the life?” I am sick of seeing this seedier side of ours glorified as “success;” as something to aspire to. BET, which is supposed to be “Black Entertainment Television” hasn’t been black in quite a while and even when it was black owned, the programs were sadly lacking in content and substance. I didn’t even know that CNN’s T.J. Holmes had a promising show on the network called 'Don't Sleep' which BET wants to scale back because of low ratings--until I stumbled across an article talking about a possible cancellation. Why didn’t I know of the show? I have heard of 106 & Park, Rip The Runway, Colleg Hill and every other fluff that scrolled across that channel. If they advertise those shows, why didn’t they give due promotion to TJ’s? I bring this up to show our priorities. There is nothing wrong with entertainment, fashion, music but we need a balance. Our society promotes the harmful or fluff over the substantive-which can teach our youth a thing or two. We push the “thug or hip-hop life” and do not balance the intellectual side of our youths. Then we complain when some of them think sagging the pants is a fashion statement; and rapping or playing sports is the ultimate career move. If we don’t show our children what else is out there, how can we complain when their scope is limited to trash like “My Babies Mamas,” and they emulate the “gangsta life” glorified in some rap videos? ..."If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed.The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness." I believe this quote is from book 1 of Les Miserables and it sounds up what what's happening with our youth perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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