But these days, I’m not seeing the same messages. From the limited amount exposure we get, I’m reminded that:
2. Black men will only be rappers, criminals, or straight-out-of-high school sports stars
3. We don’t have exciting lives unless we’re on Cheaters or Cops
4. We are always in some sense of trouble from the man
Now, I have noticed that black characters are showing up in different shows and in interesting and positive roles. However we are not headlining many TV series. I would love to see more TV shows with a Black people as the main character or more Black-led casts. I think our younger folk need to see those images. Also it’s good for the rest of the nation to Black people beyond Flavor Flav and BET Live.
Girlfriends was a show that showcased the diversity of Black women. And for 8 years, it provided great perspectives in our culture as well as women in general. (you can tell I loved that show) We need more shows that display the diversity of our people. In some ways, I think it can hit a symptom within our racial & ignorance disease.
And speaking of BET… you can do more, you can do better. I will write all about my “love” for BET later.