Last night was the finale for Being Mary Jane. Did it leave us hopeful or sad? It depends on your perspective. Mary Jane has a fantastic job, a dysfunctional family and a complicated love life. She is the poster woman for you can’t have it all, but at some points during the finale you just wanted her to have some. This show is the latest must see among black women, but the real question is why? Why do we applaud a woman who seems to find her happy at the expense of another woman. In the real world the sidechick is despised but more and more the sidechick is celebrated. Scandal was the forerunner to the celebration of the sidechick. The character Olivia Pope is another successful black woman who finds her happy in the arms of the married president. We know this is all fantasy but it begs the question what are women willing to settle for? Is securing a portion of a man’s heart enough? Have we blurred the lines so much where this is the new normal. During the Tiger Woods scandal a few years ago we learned of Woods’ serial unfaithfulness, but we also saw countless women proudly stand before the cameras and say yes I was with Tiger. It was a parade of sidechicks who loved having their 15 minutes in the spotlight. The other day I saw Gabrielle Union who plays Mary Jane on The View. The sidechick question surfaced but Union brushed it aside, but it can’t be. She and Kerry Washington are the stars of very successful shows, but when the storyline portrays them as women knowingly engaged in relationships with married men they are the sidechick and the lines are not blurred.
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SNL has no black women in their comedic ensemble, and last night they made fun of this fact, but is this a laughing matter? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
As a married woman I would not want my husband to have a side chick. Let alone a woman that I knew or had to interact with. I would find the situation intolerable, so I ask why do we love Olivia Pope? In the popular series ABC Scandal Pope is the side chick. Sure she is portrayed as a powerful take no prisoners woman but she is a side chick who settles for the crumbs of time that her lover President Fitzgerald Grant can give her. Sure he says all the right things to her. He loves her and fantacizes about their “life” in Vermont or Maine or Utopia, but he is still reluctantly loyal to the real first lady. So why are we slavishly devoted to the hot mess? Thursday night I called a friend in Detroit to discuss the Kwame Kilpatrick verdict and as the clok neared 10 I told her I had to wrap it up because I had to watch Scandal. She laughed and said me too that she was thinking of a way to get me off the phone. So back to the orignal question why do we watch a show that is centered around an an adultrous love affair set in the White House? It is a pure, ridiculous fantasy designed to entertain. It does not mean we condone the behavior it simply means we enjoy a well written story.
Kerry Washington has gained numerous fans for the role of Olivia Pope on ABC’s hit show Scandal. She plays a a DC insider who can fix any situation, but what do you think about Washington on the latest Vanity Fair cover? Share your thoughts.
Saw Django Unchained today and I have heard the hype and the movie lived up to some of it. Gratuitous violence is liberally sprinkled throughout the film and after you see it you will say this is a true understatement. A love story is the thin, tenuous thread that keeps the movie moving, but the thread is so frayed midway the film it ceases to exist. You know when you go to a Quentin Tarantino movie that you are going to see violence, but it was clear from the beginning that this film was not about slavery it was a violent film meant solely for entertainment. What also was striking was the reaction that some of the audience members had to the violence. Some of the more graphic scenes were greeted with laughter, hooting, hollering and in some cases applause. In some ways the audience reactions were even more jarring than the film narrative. It was worth seeing, but go in with your eyes wide open and leave your reason on the shelf at home. This movie is pure fantasy and it is interesting to see fantasy frosted with cold blooded revenge. It is not a pretty site, but that does not mean that it is a sight that should not be seen. When the film ends you are left wondering who won or is that really the point.
Real black women do not act like the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives, or Hip Hop Hoochies. They actually are more than the one-dimensional cartoon characters that clutter the cable networks. Two shows with promise feature strong women who happen to be black. One is ABC’s Scandal and the other one is VH1 Styled by June featuring June Ambrose. Read the linked story for more information on two shows worth watching. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/23/scandal-and-styled-by-june-allison-samuels-s-prime-time-saviors.html
We have watched black women insult each other, one up each other and fight each other. Reality television is meant to be sensational and lately that is one of the few places you see black women, but tonight we have the opportunity to see a black professional woman leading a team. Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, former White House Communication Director. She is the head of a crisis management team and she knows everyone’s secrets and she knows how to turn crap into champagne. Tonight is the first episode and in order to assure there will be more we have got to watch this show.