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For some of you, news of another reality TV show may be bad. But the good news here is the people on this show already have their own money so they don’t need to pimp themselves out to producers for cash—hopefully.
Centric TV is getting ready to debut a new reality TV show about self-made black millionaires known as the ‘Amateur Millionaires Club‘ that, according to a press release, “provides a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of 10 newly minted African American millionaires as they showcase their rise to wealth and the challenges that come along with their new found stature in society.”
Here are the members of the club:
Dorothy Cook (“The Godmother”) is the flashy and flamboyant 62 year-old matriarch of the group and is referred to as “The Godmother” for good cause; everyone respects her reign. She was the first Platinum President in the English market and has more than 500,000 independent distributors in the U.S., the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Africa and England. Dorothy is building an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, while spearheading the “Shoes for Kenya” initiative.
Helen Dela Houssaye is the boisterous, slick talking antagonist of the club. The newly married mother of four has quickly risen to the top of the fold, thereby legitimizing her position as the arch nemesis to “The Godmother.” She’s earned over $2 million in network marketing.
Stormy Wellington is a young, hip, street-smart, high school dropout and former exotic dancer at a popular Miami club. The 31 year-old is the 1stmillionaire of the club. and her minimal experience is evidenced by her struggle in the transition from the street to the boardroom.
Robert and Nicola Jackson have their fair share of drama due to Robert’s history as a ladies’ man versus his present state as a devoted husband, while Nicola strives to take their fortune to the next level. Together they have four sons, one with special needs. This couple is learning to balance the importance of family life with their new found fortune.
Chyna Bethley is a breast cancer survivor who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, after which she moved to Atlanta with her husband and daughter in pursuit of a rap career. She is the youngest member of the club and as such is also the club’s underdog.
Kenny Lloyd is a charismatic, mogul- type who went from “broke as hell to living well.” He’s a family man, and along with his wife Chante, puts his millions behind his adult children’s career ventures. His father was the first African American in the NBA.
Jewel Tankard (“The First Lady”) This million-heiress is no stranger to the blessed life. Jewel and her husband award winning gospel jazz artist Ben Tankard co-pastor one of the fastest growing churches in middle Tennessee. Her empire includes a private aircraft, a multi-million dollar estate and multiple businesses. Jewel’s blended family of 5 awards her the title of super mom. She is the club’s voice of reason. Jewel juggles family, faith and fortune with ease while keeping her haters at bay and living her life unapologetically.
Erwin and Twiler Portis are the “Power Couple” of the club. Together they teach the other members how to keep it professional at all times by choosing the high road in business while maintaining an empire “southern style” rooted in family values.
Lidia McKinney is the socialite and night club owner of the group. Lidia’s provocative list of VIP friends and fans tend to ruffle a few feathers within the AMC club. She closes most of her million dollar deals in the club and on private jets.
The good thing about this concept is that we’re finally seeing black people can be paid too, and not just because they’re a woman sleeping with a pro athlete. The potentially bad thing is the people starring in the show appear to have a hood rich, new money mentality, which leaves us a step above VH1, but not quite where we need to be yet, in my humble opinion.
Check out the trailer and preview of the first episode which debuts Saturday, July 7 at 9pm. Will you watch?
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Tamar Braxton’s ego is probably overthetop.com right now after performing on the Soul Train Awards last night. The baby sister of the Braxton’s family was the opening performer honoring Gladys Knight with the legend award, and while the overall tribute left much to be desired, Tamar’s voice was pretty on point. If only we could do something about that sashay on stage.
Jill Scott was also named Best Female R&B and Soul Artist, repping hard for the 2-1-5, her hometown of Philly. Marsha Ambrosius took home the award for Record of the Year, Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” earned her Song of the Year, and Nicki Minaj’s “Moment for Life” was named Best Hip-Hop Song. Best Caribbean Performance went to Rihanna for “Man Down,” Mary Mary earned the Best Gospel Performance for “Walking,” and Beyonce’s “Run the World” was named Best Dance Performance.
Check out the Gladys Knight Tribute below and tell us what you think about Tamar’s performance. What were your favorite (or least favorite) moments from the show?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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On Saturday, CentricTV will air Michael Baisden’s documentary, “Do Women Know What They Want?” I saw the previews for the film last weekend, and as I watched the snippet on the website, it’s clear the special is of the Steve Harvey ilk: “Let me fix women’s expectations about men so they can stop whining about why they can’t find one. Oh, and don’t forget to give white men a try and step up your sex game if you expect your man to be faithful.” Thanks.
Aside from the obvious reason that single black women’s problems have now become big business (books! TV specials! magazine spreads! depressing films!), why are even more men jumping in to try to solve our relationship problems otherwise? The market is totally saturated. Don’t they have enough to do, or someone else to save? Every time I go to a panel or click on someone’s website, there is a man claiming to have written the “foreal foreal” book on men that women need to read and that other men are too scared to write. Instead of a book on men for women, how about a book on manhood for men? I’m looking at you, Hill Harper.
It is beyond annoying to be constantly bombarded with messages from men who:
(a) Are not experts in relationships,
(b) Are saying the same thing we’ve already heard,
(c) Have no genuine desire to really help women get the man they want, and
(d) Say expand your horizons and date outside your race — even if a woman says she wants a black husband.