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One thing that always shocks, saddens and infuriates me are the ways in which people underestimate the intelligence and capabilities of young children. They’re brighter than we think and with each passing day, they gain more clarity about the world around them. And while it can be exciting, it’s simultaneously terrifying as these same children are picking up on the negative messages about our world as well.
We’re all familiar with the Kenneth and Mamie Clark Doll test. Their experiment has been referenced and even duplicated often to show the messages children, both White and Black, are internalizing about race and subsequently themselves. Those messages come from somewhere. Family, friends, school, teachers and even the media. So it’s imperative that young children, especially young children of color, view programming that affirms and uplifts their identities. It makes sense. And it would stand to reason that a children’s programming creators would not only recognize the importance of such a concept but seek to ensure that their programming reflects that choice.
Sadly, one cartoon dropped the ball on this front.
It happened during a scene from season 1, episode 12 of their show “Winx Club.” The show, the first Italian animated series to be sold in the United States, is about a teenager who discovers she has magical abilities and eventually enrolls in a school for fairies. At fairy school, the teenager and a group of girls form Winx. The show didn’t get picked up by Nickelodeon until season 3. So, while the offensive episode didn’t air in America, “Winx Club” is currently shown in over 130 countries. Children of different cultures and ethnicities all over the world saw this particular episode.
In it, the show’s lone Black character laments the fact that her hair, which is “usually straight” has puffed up into an Afro. She doesn’t call it an Afro though. She doesn’t have a name for the perfectly coiffed orb. Instead, she spends an entire minute wailing about the abomination that is her hair, that is the hair of so many Black girls and women across the world.
The implications of the scene cannot be overstated. With every sob, the message about the perceived ugliness and unacceptability of her now less than straight hair, her undeniably Black hair, is driven home into the impressionable minds of young children.
And the reactions of her friends to this hair is no better. At first, I thought they would try to encourage her to embrace this new texture. Instead, they poke and prod at it, cringing at the feel of it. Another group, the enemy of The Winx Club, a group of witches, sarcastically congratulate her on her new look, sending her running off down the hallway, still crying at her “misfortune.”
The scene has since been edited out of that particular episode but the fact that it ever passed inspection not only speaks volumes; it is extremely terrifying to think of the message children, especially the little Black girls who watched this cartoon, received from it.
Admit it, moms, you know who Cam Newton is. You don’t have to be a NFL wife to be familiar with the 6’5″ good looking NFL quarterback with the winning smile.
But beginning next year, your little ones will get to know the Carolina Panthers’ star when Newton, 26, will star in his own 20-episode TV series on Nickelodeon. The docuseries, tentatively called I Wanna Be, will follow Newton as he helps real kids from all walks of life as they reach for their dreams.
According to Sporting News, those dreams include “decorating award-winning cakes and landing a spot on a Broadway stage.”
“Time in the spotlight has made me realize the importance of creating positive messages to inspire the next generation. I’m very passionate about mentoring young people, and this show will be the perfect opportunity to help talented kids get the chance to pursue their dreams,” Newton said in a release, via Sporting News.
In addition to starring in the show, Newton will also serve as an executive producer.
“It’s really unbelievable,” Newton said at his weekly press conference. “You know I’m a kid at heart, we all know that. But yet, I think nowadays days, so much is really said about reality TV. After knowing so many people that are actually there, I didn’t necessarily want to go that route.”
Newton has shown off his acting chops in the past, starring in that one NFL Rush commercial where a kid threatens to become Newton’s mom’s favorite player. He also starred in a Gatorade commercial in which he knocks a few Gatorades out of a person’s hands.
But Newton, who recently signed a reported $103.8 million contract with the Carolina Panthers, won’t have to put football on hold; the show will tape during the NFL off-season.
“When this opportunity with the show came around, I couldn’t say no,” he says. “It’s everything that I stand for.”
Obviously, Cam loves the kids. Check him out in this video where he plays substitute teacher for a day.
Visit his site and learn more about the Cam Newton Foundation here.
Have you ever come across a really great show, but felt a sense of apprehension telling people you watched it because the show was created for children? Or you could be like me, have no shame, and shout it from the roof tops.
From the past and present there have been different shows that have been broadcast across airwaves that hit a chord with both the targeted younger audiences and their adult counterparts.
Here are 14 of those shows, and let me know in the comment section if I got yours, or missed it.
Remember when your parents used to do things that embarrassed you? Most of the time, it was harmless, but as a kid, you thought it was such a bad look. My mom used to cash in bags of plastic bottles at the supermarket and get back all of two dollars. Sometimes, she’d even make my sister and me do it for her. We hated it. Or how about when your parents get up and start doing old school moves on the dancefloor? Embarrassing, right? Well, what about when your dad yells “racism” while at a vacation resort? That’s what happened to the 9-year old daughter of Lil Scrappy.
The Love & Hip-Hop ATL star was at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida, with his daughter Emani and his mother, the always opinionated Momma Dee. According to TMZ, Scrappy went “ballistic” this past Wednesday when the hotel’s host passed over Emani. Scrappy claims that while choosing kids to get on stage and participate in the contests, Emani and other Black kids were passed over. And of course, a video of the incident mysteriously made its way onto the website.
In the video, you can see Scrappy, Momma Dee and Emani all go up towards the hostess, as she is on the microphone hosting the game when Scrappy tells her something. You can’t tell too much from the video or hear what he is saying, but the resort does not appear to be empty. It’s crowded and there are already a few kids chosen for the game. And then, here comes a shirtless Scrappy along with his momma to interrupt. Now, there could very well have been some racist stuff going on, but judging from the way little Emani was pushing her dad out of the way, it doesn’t seem like she was about to be scarred by the incident if that were the case. Actually, it seemed as if she was more concerned about her dad embarrassing her than she was with actually playing the game. Emani looked like she had more sense than her dad and her grandma in the situation.
TMZ spoke to Momma Dee, who says that Scrappy believes the resort hostess was discriminating against them on the basis of race. She said that Scrappy’s words were: “You need to pick my daughter. This is some racist ass sh*t!” Momma Dee apparently reiterated her son’s sentiments. Sidebar: does Momma Dee have TMZ on speed dial?
Not surprisingly, a rep for the hotel denied the accusations, telling TMZ that they don’t discriminate on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. They also added that participants must follow specific protocol. In hindsight, if the hostess weren’t being racist, she probably wishes she were more conscious of the race makeup of every group of kids she chooses. She probably should have been. Lesson learned for her.
Now, it’s clear from this episode that Scrappy is capable to turning up just about anywhere, and not just on TV every Monday. But knowing that his daughter might feel a way, he could have been a little more cautious about his behavior at a family resort while out with Emani. I mean, was it really rac-is-na-eem? Maybe so. But Scrap could have let that one go. Even Emani thought so, as evident by her pushing him away. It’s bad enough that she may have to deal with the questionable behavior that he and his momma sometimes exhibit on the tube.
As for Emani, she did get to participate in the game or the contest, the hotel rep says. All’s well that ends well in the almighty Palace.
What’s more #motherfunny than a clique of comedians and actresses telling mommy tales to an engaged room of parents and press – under the influence of sheer humor and tasty cocktails?
On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ The Viacom Building in Times Square NYC – Nickelodeon presented their NickMom Social event, which celebrated NickMom’s nighttime comedy block for moms on the Nick Jr. channel (10 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET/PT).
Hosted by talk show queen, Wendy Williams, the night boasted – Sherri Shepherd (NickMom Night Out), Stefanie Wilder-Taylor (Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor), Andrea Rosen (Take Me To Your Mother), Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Instant Mom) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Instant Mom).
Take a peek at some of our favorite photos from the event!
This past weekend, Nickelodeon hosted more than 50,000 kids and families at its 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP). Nickelodeon’s WWDoP is the network’s annual initiative that encourages physical activity and health to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes. The event continues the network’s legacy of promoting positive messages to its viewers. Since the first WWDoP, millions of kids have made the pledge to stay healthy. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg got in on the action, declaring Saturday, September 21 Day of Play in New York.
This year’s event was held for the first time ever in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. It was an entire day of activities and games for kids and their families, including football and tennis drills, dance, stepping and double dutch, as well as arts and entertainment. Aside from the activities, the event also featured a special concert performance from Big Time Rush and new singing sensation Ariana Grande.
Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets believes that WWDOP is a great inspiration for families: “The day allows kids to plant the seeds early to enjoy being active so that they will continue doing so even when they’re older.”
Former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott brought his two kids to the event; the family enjoyed jumping on the moon bounce. Scott engages in various activities with his kids from archery and is a football coach for his son’s football team.
Greg Anthony, a former New York Knicks player, was excited to be a part of the festivities as well. He had fun with the obstacle course, basketball and double dutch. His advice for maintaining a healthy lifestyle is simple; “Make it fun!” “Finding something you like whether it’s bike riding, basketball, swimming,” he advised. “Just do something that you enjoy and let that be your foundation.” When asked if he’s coming back next year, he said, “Definitely!”
It was great seeing Nickelodeon kid stars including casts of from “Sam and Cat”, “The Haunted Hathaways” and “Instant Mom”, along with SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Once again, WWDoP was a huge success with everyone looking forward to next year. For more information on WWDoP and fun ways to stay healthy all year, check out the website.
The 90’s was an amazing era that featured some of the best cartoons/shows in history; at least to the 80’s babies. Take a look at some of the most unforgettable shows on Nickelodeon:
“That’s Like My Little Sister”: Nick Cannon Talks Trying To Help Amanda Bynes To No Avail; She Responds Negatively Via Twitter
In an interview with America’s Got Talent co-worker and judge Howard Stern, Nick Cannon openly spoke on his feelings about the downward spiral Amanda Bynes is going through in the public eye. After years of working on Nickelodeon together with the show All That (on a side-note, Cannon is now the head of TeenNick and is creative consultant for the entire Nickelodeon network), he became acquainted with a much younger Amanda Bynes, as they showcased their talents on the show in the late ’90s. In the end, they became pretty close. But to see her now, calling folks ugly, wearing wigs, getting excessive plastic surgery and just behaving erratically, Cannon says it’s sad and that he’s made an effort to try and reach out to her.
“I worked on Amanda’s show…that’s like my little sister.
To see someone you’d seen at 9, running around with a snotty nose, and now to see her like that is like, ‘Wow, man! That’s sad.’ I tried to reach out.”
When asked in what way he tried to contact her, Cannon said that he really couldn’t get in touch with her even though he tried, because she has rid herself of a lot of the people who she used to have on her team in the past:
“That’s the thing she doesn’t have any of her people anymore.”
The same day as his interview with Stern, Bynes went on to Tweet out her lack of appreciation for anybody trying to reach out to her, because she’s not trying to hear it: “If you’re not hot I don’t value your opinion. Stop trying to force me to listen if I show no interest.”
She ‘Bout To Drop Bars — Or Not! Someone Had The Ridiculous Idea To Offer Amanda Bynes A Hip-Hop Record Deal
From The Grio
Embattled actress Amanda Bynes has unleashed a series of headline-grabbing tweets and statements recently, including one that announced her desire to become a rapper.
Now, fans of the former Nickelodean star may actually have a chance to hear her rap.The 27-year-old has reportedly been offered a record deal from the New York-based music group, Chinga Chang records — a hip-hop label founded in 2003.
“She’s phenomenal and that’s the crazy thing about this,” Daniel Herman, the CEO of the record label told The Huffington Post. “This is the perfect home. This isn’t just a gimmick.”While the ex-child star has yet to respond or comment on the offer, Herman says he is “beyond confident” Bynes will join the team.
Read more at The Grio
Actress and proud mommy Tia Mowry-Hardrict will be starring in an original scripted series during Nick Jr.’s ,”Nick Mom” primetime programming slot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Instant Mom (working title) will follow the life of a young woman by the name of Stephanie, who loves the nightlife, but has an instant lifestyle change when she marries an older man with with three children. The storyline will depict Stephanie as she attempts to abandon her irresponsible habits and gradually evolves into her new role as a full time stepmother.
Starring side-by-side with Mowry-Hardict in her role as Stephanie, will be Michael Boatman as Stephanie’s husband Michael and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Stephanie’s mother; while Sydney Park, Tylen Williams and Damarr Calhoun will be playing Stephanie’s stepchildren.
Instant Mom was created by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler and is executive produced by Aaron Kaplan and Howard Gould.
“Instant Mom is the perfect addition to our NickMom nighttime comedy block designed to let moms unwind from the day and laugh at the often hilarious experiences of parenthood. This show has a fantastic cast and at the center is Tia bringing all her warmth and talent to this funny and relatable character,” says Senior V.P. of NickMom, Bronwen O’keefe.
Episodes of Instant Mom will also repeat during Nickelodeon’s nighttime programming block, “Nick at Nite.”
Will you be checking out Tia’s new show when it debuts?