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So while many critics have been chastising MTV’s 16 and Pregnant for glamorizing teen pregnancy, a new study finds that the controversial reality show has dropped the rate of child-bearing teens by nearly six percent, CNN reports.
Released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the report says that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant is to be credited for America’s 5.7 percent dip in teen moms. Since the show’s inception in 2009, the reality series rattled many nerves as teens pranced around with their round tummies and attained fame for the buns in their ovens.
One writer from CNN, under the title “MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ Glamorizes Getting Pregnant,” expressed her disgust with the reality TV series:
“Why would anyone want to promote a behavior that often leaves families trapped in a cycle of poverty? Who would knowingly encourage activity that often leads to poor prenatal care, lower birth weight babies and more preterm births?”
Little did the writer know, however, that the show actually does the complete opposite of what she believed. The teen pregnancy rate — between 1991 and 2008 — has been dropping at a steady rate of about 2.5 percent a year. But within the past four years, during 16 & Pregnant’s peak, the teen pregnancy rate dropped dramatically at a 7.5 percent rate.
When 16 and Pregnant aired, Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine, the two lead investigators of the study, analyzed Nielsen ratings as well as search data from Google and Twitter. The pair found that geographic locations that gossiped the most about 16 & Pregnant also saw a spike in “birth control” and “abortion” searches.
Most interestingly, the two also discovered that places that watched 16 & Pregnant the most had the biggest drops in teen pregnancy.
“The results of our analysis indicate that exposure to ’16 and Pregnant’ was high and that it had an influence on teens’ thinking regarding birth control and abortion,” the researchers wrote.
The most compelling evidence, Kearney and Levine noted, was the social media language. “This reminds me to take my birth control,” said one tweet. “‘Watching 16 & Pregnant, going to take my birth control,” another would say.
But of course, the MTV isn’t solely responsible for the drop in teen pregnancy rates. The researchers also point to the recession being the main driving force behind the dip in early pregnancies. Teens were more conscientious about how difficult it would be to find a job and provide for the baby.
In short, Kearney and Levine credit MTV’s 16 and Pregnant for preventing 20,000 teen pregnancies — one third of the overall decline in childbearing teenagers.
It was heartbreak and cruelty on the latest episode of “Catfish: The TV Show” when 18-year-old Aaliyah finally met her online love of the past 10 months. For nearly a year, she’d been in a relationship with Alicia, who only lived 70 blocks away. But the two had never met.
Over the course of their relationship, Aaliyah had sent Alicia a total of $600, plus an iPhone. She also paid for the phone’s service, despite the fact that Aaliyah was struggling financially herself. So Nev Schulman and Max Joseph did what they do and discovered that at least Alicia was who she said she was. She just wasn’t in love with Aaliyah. She wasn’t even a lesbian.
“All I have to say, girl, is if I wanted to meet you, we stay in the same city! I would’ve made that happen,” Alicia told Aaliyah. She admitted that it had all been a con to get money out of Aaliyah. When Aaliyah was struggling to understand what she was hearing, Alicia started laughing in her face. “Oh my God,” she said. “It was a lie. What?”
“Do you know you ruined my life?” Aaliyah asked, but Alicia only laughed harder. After that, Aaliyah broke down in tears while Alicia continued to laugh.
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While you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who was satisfied with the strange performances that took place during MTV’s Video Music Award’s Sunday night, besides Miley Cyrus Perhaps, one organization has noted a particular distaste for the acts that graced the stage at the Barclay Center. As a result of the booty cheek brigade we witnessed during the VMAs, courtesy of Miley and Lady Gaga, the Parents Television Council (PTC) has issued a statement condemning MTV and the aforementioned singers. PTC Director of Public Policy Dan Isett said specifically in the release:
“MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials — while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable. This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children. MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act? How is it appropriate for 14-year-olds to see a condom commercial and a promo for an R-rated movie during the first commercial break?
“This content would likely not be given a forum if it were on a broadcast network,” the statement continued. “Yet MTV continues to push limits because it’s a cable network. But that does not mean MTV’s decisions have no consequences, especially for the millions of children who were targeted by MTV. We urge Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs – the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don’t want. After MTV’s display last night, it’s time to give control back to consumers.”
I want to support PTC, but whenever these debates over whether certain content is appropriate for children arise, my first thought isn’t to blame a network, it’s to tell parents they should be monitoring what their children are watching. After all, parenting is their responsibility, not MTV’s or any other network’s. Furthermore, Miley is not 14, she’s a 20-year-old adult (in the legal sense at least). It would be nice if teens could look up to her, but the fact that they can’t — or shouldn’t — is Miley’s choice not MTV’s fault. And to that end, both she and Gaga chose to perform scantily clad. I’m pretty certain no one at MTV encouraged that shell thong Lady Gaga sashayed around in during the awards ceremony. And while I’m also certain they weren’t mad at it (ratings!), this statement from PTC seems misdirected and quite frankly ineffective. What do you think?
The VMAs have increasingly become an exercise in making me feel old and irrelevant. Towards the end of summer the flashy promos roll out. They always start around my birthday and they used to carry me to the start of the school year. Three letters blinking on my screen bring flashbacks of Britney Spears writhing with a snake, or Kanye storming the stage in a Hennessy-fueled rage. Against my better judgement, excitement for the show always creeps in.
This year it was about halfway into Justin Timberlake’s song and dance that defeat settled in its place. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
This year Lady Gaga opened the show. If you told me a few years ago that a pop princess with a penchant for meat dresses would turn predictable, I don’t know if I’d have believed you. But there I was last night, bored from the start. Kooky costumes, gay dancers, and fame. Got it. What’s next?
Miley Cyrus. Because MTV loves to make viewers and performers alike regret their decisions. There was Hannah Montana, on stage in a furry leotard, and then a latex bikini, shaking her a$$ like a manic looney tune on molly. Then for no reason at all – literally no reason, other than making Black people regret their tolerance of cultural appropriation – Robin Thicke joins her on stage. Then, out comes 2 Chainz. Followed by Kendrick Lamar. Cuts to Miley’s private twerk session to stage right are interlaced between the men’s dueling performances. And I’m confused and troubled. Why are they there? Why am I here? Who’s song is this? Why did they agree to this? Where am I? Wha– why?
I should have abandoned ship right there. But I don’t. I’m a pop culture masochist. I stay on the ride with the rest of Twitter. People I’ve never heard of win awards. Which isn’t abnormal for my awards showing viewing experience. But at the VMAs the winners are all people I probably could have gotten paid to babysit five years ago. Oh yeah, Kanye West performed. For 30 seconds. In front of a picture of trees that evoke a protest song whose lyrics he sampled but never acknowledges. So there was that.
A carousel of young, beautiful, overly-styled people parade on and off the stage until the moment I’d been holding on for finally arrives: the ‘NSync reunion. And reunite they do. For 15 seconds in a 30-minute set that allowed Justin Timberlake to take us on a tour of the three albums that make him legend.
That’s when I cracked.
Like Joey Fatone, I was tired and ready to eat a brownie and go to bed. Even the frequent cutaway shots to Rihanna’s unimpressed face couldn’t hold me there. It was time to accept the cold, hard fact: I am 26 years old and too old for the VMAs. I don’t know these people. And I don’t want to. I enjoy the alternate universe Spotify affords me, one where teenagers desperately vying for validation don’t exist. I’m concerned with my career and my living situation. People my age are getting their graduate degrees, moving up the ladder, starting their own businesses, budgeting for adult responsibilities. This just isn’t my thing anymore.
Are the VMAs still relevant? Check the ratings. It’s all anyone on Twitter could talk about, so there’s a chance it is. One thing I’m 100 percent clear on: a torch has been passed. My exit out of the coveted 18-to-25 demographic has been swift and final. I’m not the cool kid anymore. Pop culture doesn’t revolve around what I like anymore. I’m only on trend if nostalgia is en vogue. Advertisers don’t care what I think, although they should, since I actually have money to spend now.
I’ve known this for some time. But it takes big events like the VMAs to drive the point home. I’m not bitter though. While the rest of world wasted away for another hour waiting for Katy Perry to perform her biggest hit yet (I still haven’t heard it), I got some serious reading done. And the brownie I had with my book was a-MAY-zing. That’s a win in this newly-crowned old-head’s book.
C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveOutLoud) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).
For months the media world has been buzzing news of an upcoming Danity Kane reunion, as well as news that the group’s fifth member would not be participating in the reunion. This past weekend at MTV’s Video Music Awards, the reunion was officially confirmed and despite whispers regarding behind-the-scenes drama, D.Woods had nothing but nice things to say about her former group members and their decision to give Danity Kane another try.
“There’s alot of people talking, but there’s nothing but love. Today’s #GOLDMINEOFTHEDAY is none other than @Aubreyoday, @shannon_bex,@dawnrichard, @aundreafimbres1 otherwise known as @danitykane. Don’t think you know their whole story cuz you watched part of their jounrey on MTV. These ladies are just getting started. Stay tuned…WERRRK!.#GOLDMINE is on ITUNES,” she posted to her Instagram page.
This would the third time D addressed the reunion and her absence. If you recall, back in May she revealed that she learned about the highly anticipated reunion on Twitter, but went on to insist that there are no hard feelings between she and her former group members and that she’s busy doing her own thing.
“I found out when my Twitter timeline went off the chain. We did go our separate ways in the fall of 2008. My main priority right now is growing as an artist. I’ve committed to projects and developing my own label, so I know right now, I can’t commit to splitting my focus on something like that. I don’t want to hold anyone back. If they feel like that’s what they want to do, and they want to do it right now, they’re going to do it. I mean you don’t have to wait for me. I’m going to support them as I’ve always supported them, and I hope they will support me. I was surprised myself. After seeing the pictures and the clip with the video, I saw that they were in Los Angeles. I’m not in Los Angeles so there goes the reason why I was not in the picture. I’m actually in Atlanta right now. I’m in pre-production rehearsal for the new musical ‘Rebirth’, so that’s what I’m currently doing,” she said during an interview with Hot 107.5.
It’s good to see that there is no bad blood between the girls, but it would be nice to see them all reunited. Do you believe things will be the same without D.Woods?
What’s an award show without some drama, right? Well, in case you thought we escaped the MTV VMAs without any — minus that little Miley Cyrus situation — you can thank Asap Rocky for bringing the noise. Bossip caught exclusive footage of the rapper and his model girlfriend, Chanel Iman, having a brief altercation with security on the red carpet and it didn’t look too nice.
Though it’s never a good look for your girlfriend to have to try to hold you back from fighting, we’re grateful Chanel was able to calm her boo down. From the sounds of the peanut gallery in the video, it seems Asap wasn’t too keen on walking the red carpet for the award show, but we still don’t understand how things went sour so quickly. Asap and Chanel’s evening seemed to be off to a fun start, as the couple took the low-budget route to the VMAs, hoping on the subway and uploading video of their travels.
In the second clip below, Asap does seem to be a bit too turned up for his own good — or Chanel’s — perhaps that’s how that messiness popped off on the red carpet. Either way, we hope the pair’s night ended on a sweet note like their kiss, and not with more drama. We have to admit, though, you all might be correct about something not being all the way right with the way Asap had Chanel hemmed up in that kiss though. Might be too little too late for him.
Award shows always provide an opportunity for celebs to show how fashionable — or not — they are, and for some reason people always choose the MTV VMA Awards to try to make the oddest and most over-the-top looks work. We’re no fashion experts, but when it comes to this year’s VMA Fashion, we think some people killed it, and others just need to go back to the drawing board.
What do you think?
Someone had to say it. And we’re glad the conscious boy wonder rapper, Kendrick Lamar had the
balls gall to step to the podium and let the world know that this Molly thing is played out. He’s not the first though. Earlier this year, Joe Budden spoke about how his use of the drug caused a slew of negative side effects.
At the end of Kendrick’s “B!+ch Don’t Kill My Vibe” video, the words “Death to Molly” flash across the screen. In an interview with MTV’s Sway, Kendrick recently discussed how the consistent references to the drug, MDMA, are compromising the culture of Hip Hop.
“When everybody consciously now uses this term or this phrase and putting it in lyrics, it waters the culture down. So it’s really just time to move on.”
Kendrick also mentioned that many of the rappers including the drug in their lyrics don’t really use it to know the severe and harmful side effects it can cause.
“You may have certain artists portraying these trends and don’t really have that lifestyle and then it gives off the wrong thing. And it becomes kinda corny after a while.”
Though Kendrick is just now starting to get major shine, in his short career he has spoken and rapped openly about his anti drug stance. In his song “Swimming Pools (Drank)” he discusses his grandfather’s and his own personal struggles with alcoholism, including how peer pressure played a role in all of that. Kendrick has also been very vocal about the fact that he doesn’t smoke weed, the stereotypical Hip Hop drug of choice.
Kendrick is one classy guy. He could have easily taken the immature route and started naming the litany of artists who’ve glorified Molly use but instead he kept it professional and anonymous while simultaneously petitioning his peers to do better. Kudos.
Watch Kendrick express his thoughts on the drug and trends on the next page.
You may remember Tionna Smalls from the 2010 VH1 reality show What Chilli Wants, starring TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Tionna was the relationship guru attempting to help Chilli piece back together her mess of a love life, but what many don’t know about Tionna is that she has her hands in several industries. The 28-year-old media mogul has written a couple of books including Girl Get Your Mind Right and Men Love Abuse, in addition to launching her own book publishing company, Talk Dat Ish Books, which has published titles by Neffe Pugh and Tashera Simmons. She has also launched entertainment and film company, Talk Dat Ish Ent. Did we mention she also owns a jewelry boutique. It’s no wonder she’s earned the title as one of Brooklyn’s favorite entrepreneurs. Homegirl stays busy! And now, in addition to all of her thriving business ventures, we’ve just learned that she’s making history as well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MTV has just ordered 20 episodes of Smalls’ relationship series, Girl Get Your Mind Right. The new show is scheduled to debut May 20th and will air weeknights at 6 pm throughout the summer. The show will center around Tionna and her efforts to help young women conquer relationship issues. The folks over at THR are saying that each episode will document Tionna as she assesses her subject’s problems and “confronts them head on.” The ladies who make appearances on her show will also be getting makeovers that address their physical appearance and their attitudes.
“It’ll allow us to take a look into the specifics of many more girls and each episode will wind up being more relatable,” Tony Biari, senior vp of MTV series development said of the new series.
“Tough love, especially with a comedic tone, is something our audience is craving right now. They’re looking for guidance and boundaries from someone other than their parents. We felt the combination of the genre and the personality like Tionna, who is so unique, made a lot of sense for us,” he continued.
Girl Get Your Mind Right will also go down in history as the first daily MTV series produced by and starring a Black woman.
Way to go, Tionna!
So, will you be checking out Girl Get Your Mind Right when it debuts later this month?