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More than it loves its jezebels, sapphires, mammies, thugs and pimps, Hollywood loves a magical Negro.
Don’t know what that is? Well he or she is the ultimate plot device used by mostly White filmmakers to help their White protagonists out of a jam or even to find themselves. He or she is usually happy, extraordinary helpful and self-sacrificial. And as the name suggests, the Magic Negro usually has some sort of powers, or direct connection with the afterlife (i.e. ghosts), however mere Black mortals are not excluded from this popular trope too.
And now Vh1, which is the channel that has brought us such enchanted Black fables as “Basketball Wives” (Listen, flying across the table to beat a chick down does takes supernatural strength.) and “Flavor of Love” (because Flav always looked a little elfish), will soon bring to the small screen another magical tale of White self-discovery and Black sorcery called, “Bye Felicia!”
Breathe chile, breathe….
“White women of LA are getting a serious confidence boost and a little dose of reality with the series premiere of “Bye Felicia!,” premiering Tuesday, December 9 at 9PM. This 8-episode, hour long series follows Atlanta-based life coaches Deborah Hawkes and Missy Young as they set out to help white girls across the Los Angeles area. Each closed-ended episode aims to empower two different women who could use a dose of honesty in order to turn their lives around.
Hoping to impart their unique experience and wisdom through motherly tough love, Deb and Missy teach these women to say hello to their better selves and goodbye to Felicia.”
I hate every single person involved in this show – and their mamas too. I’m not even going to talk about the cultural appropriation of “Bye Felicia” or its misappropriation considering nothing about that show’s concept and the term actually match. No, I’m not going to talk about that; however, feel free to unleash the verbal dragons in the comment section below.
Let’s just stick to the topic at hand, because it gets really magical further along in the show’s description. In particular:
“Life in Los Angeles isn’t easy. While it may seem that a stereotypical white girl is always counting calories, wearing UGG boots and spending more money on clothes for their Chihuahua than on themselves, dynamic duo Deborah and Missy set out to manage problems that go deeper than just the surface. Born to mothers who were best friends, Deborah and Missy have 40 years of friendship and have been through it all together. Deborah’s work in Personal Development and Change Management combined with Missy’s training in emotional healing makes them the perfect life–coaching team. As a pair, they see through the excuses, break down the barriers and give girls the tools they need to conquer just about anything. Advocating with an edge, Deborah and Missy will motivate the white girls of LA by giving them the guidance they need to confront their issues. Whether you need a friend to tell you it’s time to leave your man or the good sense to retire your wardrobe, Deborah and Missy offer their opinions the only way they know how – with no nonsense and flat out comedy.
Am I the only one picturing Deborah and Missy running around L.A in hooded Juicy Couture capes and magic Swarovski-encrusted wands, tapping white girls drinking grande-size Pumpkin Spice Lattes on the head, talking about “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, B**ch?”
I surely hope so because I’m not watching if that doesn’t happen.
Seriously, if the concept sounds familiar, that’s because it is a fully realized version of Cinderella but instead of a pleasantly plump old white lady that sounds like Angela Lansbury, we get BAPS. It is also similar to the Lifetime channel’s own makeover show entitled “Girlfriend Intervention,” which also relies on sister-girl powers to transform frumpy Cinderella into a princess in waiting.
But as previously mentioned white Hollywood’s fascination with black people fixing shit for them has been long rooted in popular culture. If you recall, The Legend of Bagger Vance was about a ghostly negro, who magically helped Robert Redford’s character win a golf game. In The Green Mile we were treated to another magical negro with the powers to heal, who sacrificed himself for the enlightenment of the white prison guards around him. How can we forget about Oda Mae Brown in the film Ghost, who acted as a medium so that a White ghost could communicate and save his White wife.
Also working her magic was Jennifer Hudson’s character Louise in the film version of Sex in the City. Although she did not physically posses any supernatural abilities, her wide-eyed and childlike Southern wisdom healed Carrie Bradshaw’s broken heart in addition to organizing her life. And once Bradshaw felt better, poof! Louise doesn’t get a call back for the sequel.
As humorous, harmless and inconsequential (and stupid) as it all sounds, the magical Negro trope does help to reinforce sometimes dangerous ideas about Black people. And according to this piece in New York Mag, a recent study in Social Psychological and Personality Science has found that White people tend to equate superhuman abilities with Black people.
More specifically the article notes:
“In a series of five studies, some involving so-called implicit association tests in which words are flashed on a screen quickly enough to “prime” a subject with their meaning but not for them to consciously understand what they have seen, the researchers showed that whites are quicker to associate blacks than whites with superhuman words like ghost, paranormal, and spirit; are more likely to think a black person as opposed to a white person has certain superhuman abilities; and that the more they think blacks are superhuman, the less they view black people as having a capacity to feel pain.”
The findings, particularly around White people’s perception of Black people and pain, corresponds with another study, which too revealed that in general, “people assume a priori that Blacks feel less pain than do Whites.” Although the later study attributes this belief to the idea that Blacks face more hardships than Whites, thus have adapted to the pain more, it does also notes that this belief is rooted in glorifying “their strength and resilience.” Like Superman. Or a super-villain (I see you Mr. Glass). Or just a regular Black kid in a hoodie, walking home from the corner store.
Or the injury and slightly intoxicated Black girl, knocking on a stranger’s door after a car accident. Or another Black young college student, waving down police for help after also getting hurt in a car accident. Or the 17-year old unarmed Black petty theft suspect killed by a police officer, who probably also suspected superpower strength (why else would you shoot somebody that many times?)
Point is, not everybody likes magic. Some folks are actually quite petrified of it. And there is not enough casting of the sister-girl spell or chanting of Bye, Felicia that will magically protect us from that.
So it looks like a “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” couple has successfully snagged their own VH1 spin-off, and no, it’s not the “Jordans.” Last night, rapper Waka Flocka Flame and his new wife, Tammy Rivera, took to Instagram with news that a series titled, “Meet The Flockas,” will be making its way to the popular network.
This definitely isn’t surprising considering that Wacka’a mom is Deb Antney, manager extraordinaire, and she has been very much in favor of their participation on LHHATL. On another note, the reality TV couple certainly have enough going on in their lives to hold down a series. At the conclusion of the last season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” it was revealed that the pair, who are trying for a baby, have been facing fertility issues because Waka’s sperm count isn’t where it should be.
Then, there’s the couple’s daughter, Charlie, who we’ll probably be seeing more of once the new spin-off drops. And of course, Waka’s well-meaning but sometimes overbearing mother, who I’m sure will be a major presence on the show. So far, the network has not confirmed the series, but I suspect that there will be a more formal announcement in the coming months.
Do you think Tammy and Waka have what it takes to hold down their own show?
The numbers are in and VH1 ends the summer on a high note with African-American TV viewers. According to the latest Nielsen figures, the network got its biggest boost from its most popular Black programs. “For the last unofficial week of the summer, VH1 saw its favorite shows with Black viewers dominating the highest spots on the Top 25 list of cable shows,” reports Target Market News. On top were: Love & Hip Hop, T.I. and Tiny, and Atlanta Exes, which finished No. 1, 2 and 3 respectively. These were the only programs to claim more than a million viewers.
This was a victory for VH1 as it turned out to be the most watched cable network among the Top 25 contenders, with 9.7 million viewers across four shows. In second was WWE channel with just three million for three shows. Adult Swim channel pulled in 2.9 million across four shows.
“The total number of viewers watching the Top 25 most popular cable shows in Black households, according to Nielsen, was 26.5 million, a slight dip of one percent over the previous week,” reports Target Market News. Among Black households, following Love & Hip Hop, T.I. and Tiny, and Atlanta Exes, the other shows in the top 10 were: Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 3 (VH1), WWE Entertainment (USA), ranked No. 5 and No. 6; Braxton Family Values (WETV); WWE Entertainment; Bad Girls Club (Oxygen); and Bring It! (Lifetime).
Despite its success with Black audiences, VH1 has been trying to unsuccessfully lure in white audiences. Three new series featuring White casts have flopped. LeAnn & Eddie, Candidly Nicole and Dating Naked failed to pull in the ratings that shows with Black casts have for the network. As The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Reality series starring African-American casts continue to drive the cable network to some of the year’s biggest primetime gains.”
“The goal is to bring a general market audience back into the fold in addition to servicing our African-American audience,” originals executive VP Susan Levison told THR earlier this year.
Just a couple of weeks ago, VH1 released a short teaser for their new series “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood.” It was 15 seconds but still managed to pack in the drama with Omarion’s mother telling the now mother of his child, Apryl Jones, that she didn’t like her.
And with the show’s September 15 premiere date quickly approaching, the network decided to release an extended version. This time focusing on one couple…or one former couple, Teairra Mari and Ray J.
As you might assume, these two have drama for days.
In just thirty seconds, we watch them argue, Ray J throw Teairra Mari’s clothes on the ground, and her lay hands on him right quick.
I’m sure it’ll all be a hot mess.
Check out the extended trailer below.
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood
VH1’s Dating Naked is one of my new favorite shows. Besides pushing the envelope with, well, naked dating, the show gives viewers the chance to observe whether intimacy can be developed when partners are allowed to see each other’s goods right from the start. But unfortunately for one contestant, runway model Jessica Nizewitz, it looks like dating prospects and cuddy will be at an all-time low because of the show.
Nizewitz starred in the third episode of Dating Naked and claims that despite producers’ assurances that her genitals would be blurred out during the show, when it aired, viewers were able to see what the good Lord blessed her with from a back-end shot that was captured as she wrestled with her date. Now the 28-year-old Long Island native is filing a lawsuit against Viacom for $10 million. Nizewitz exclusively told The New York Post:
“I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified. I immediately started getting text messages. Everyone saw it. One of the messages read, ‘So your money shot is on cable TV.’”
Nizewitz’s grandmother saw the episode and now isn’t interested in speaking to her. “She’s probably mad. My parents are just annoyed,” Nizewitz relayed to The Post.
In her lawsuit, Nizewitz names Viacom (the parent company that owns VH1), Firelight Entertainment and Lighthearted Entertainment. Besides facing public humiliation, Nizewitz said the episode has cost her a budding relationship.
After the episode aired, her love interest stopped calling her. “I would have hoped we could have had a long-term relationship. He was employed, Jewish, in his 30s and that’s pretty much ideal,” Nizewitz shared.
Below is a blurred photo of the money shot seen around the world.
I know some of you had your doubts about Drumline getting a sequel, Drumline: A New Beat. And then some of those fears quelled when you learned that Nick Cannon was not going to be playing the lead. (He’ll just have a cameo.
Earlier this summer we told you that Letoya Luckett would be jointing the cast as Dr. Nia Phillips, a dean at Atlanta A&T, with former romantic ties to Sean–you know, the dude who made Devon’s life a living hell for a few months in the first movie? Leonard Roberts will reprise his role as Sean, by the way.
What’s interesting about this new flick is that the main character is a girl, Danielle “Dani” Bolton. VH1, reported that this character is a talented drummer from Brooklyn, who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T and restore their once notable drumline. Dani’s goal is to become the drumline’s first female section leader. But upperclassmen and even feelings for another band mate could put a halt to those plans.
So, we’ll have a little romance.
And what’s particularly interesting is that the role of Dani will be played by Alexandra Shipp. Does that name sound familiar? She’s the same girl who’s signed on to play the role of Aaliyah in the new, and controversial, Lifetime biopic. So we’ll get to see what this Shipp girl is made of.
Check out the rest of the characters and the trailer for the new film on the following pages.
Earlier this year, we told you that filming began for “Love & Hip Hop LA,” but producers were missing a key component: a notable celebrity to headline the series. It was later reported that Ray J was able to sign on to do the show after all and that he brought a super messy love triangle involving his current girlfriend, Princess Love, and rumored love interest Teairra Mari, along with him. Still, it appears that Ray J and all of his messiness was not enough to convince producers that the show will be a definite hit with viewers. But apparently, there’s still hope.
According to TMZ, in a last-ditch effort to ensure that filming for the series wouldn’t be a total waste of time, casting directors have added Soulja Boy to the show. Production sources say that prior to Soulja Boy’s addition, the spin-off’s storylines were extremely weak and uninteresting. Producers believe that pairing Soula Boy with Ray J will be perfect for the show and we hear that Ray J is excited about Soulja signing on to do the show. Soulja certainly has had his share of drama, so his addition to the cast may turn out to be a good move. There were also rumors that The Game would be appearing on the VH1 spin-off, however, this was never confirmed.
Do you think you’ll be checking out “Love & Hip Hop LA”?
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Well, it appears that the spin-off our girl K. Michelle has been vying for is finally coming to fruition. VH1 recently confirmed that the series is in the works and will be airing on a small screen near you come November 3rd. The series is titled “My Life” and according to a press release, will follow K as she juggles her career and relationships while navigating through life in New York City.
“It looks as if ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star K.Michelle finally has everything she’s ever wanted,” the press release explains. “Success, fame, a hit album – but is it all it’s cracked up to be? VH1 will follow K. as she learns to balance life, relationships, and bona fide superstardom with the help of a dynamic group of friends.
It may appear like she has it all together, but nothing is as it seems in K’s crazy world. Notorious for her red hair, razor-sharp wit and fiery tongue, K.Michelle navigates New York City and her life with a renewed dedication to her son, her friends, and her career. K.Michelle has the life she’s always dreamed of, but will it ever be enough?”
It’s also interesting to note that K’s new musical “Rebellious Soul,” which is being directed by Idris Elba, will also be debuting on VH1 in the near future.
Are you interested in checking out either of these programs?
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Back in April Pebbles Reid filed a $40 million lawsuit against Viacom over VH1’s highly controversial TLC biopic, “Crazy Sexy Cool.” In the lawsuit, Pebbles argues that she was portrayed “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.:”
According to The Jasmine Brand, Viacom has since responded to Pebbles’ suit and from the looks of it, they’re not backing down. For one, the VH1 parent company argues that as far as they know, Pebbles did have control over the group’s lawyers and knowingly withheld information from TLC in regard to their contracts.
Secondly, Viacom argues that to their knowledge, Pebbles did not provide TLC with copies of their contract, although she claims that she did. In addition to that, Viacom accuses the former music industry executive of turning down merchandise deals on behalf of the group, despite her claims that the ladies were 100% in control over things like that. As for that retraction/apology Pebbles has been waiting for, it doesn’t look like she’s going to get it any time soon. Viacom says that they have not issued a retraction because they do “not believe that the movie was false and defamatory and continued to promote and re-telecast the TLC movie.”
A few months ago we told you that TLC is sticking by the story as well.
“Pebbles couldn’t sue us because we didn’t lie,” Chilli told Bossip shortly after news of Pebbles’ lawsuit broke. “When people talk about lawsuits and then it kind of dies out, you’re like oh, okay. Either they forget it or you settled or something, or they’re okay with people believing what they say is not true, or they had no case. And in that case, she ain’t had no case.”
Viacom is hoping to have the hefty lawsuit dismissed due to the events portrayed in the film being “true or substantially true.”
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If it’s one thing we know about Tyra Banks, it’s that she’s about her paper. Tyra is able to stay so relevant because she’s constantly looking for ways to keep her name relevant in the industry, despire its changes.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the model turned mogul will produce a transgender docuseries for VH1, called TransAmerica. The eight episode series will follow a group of women based in Chicago who all share the experience of being transgender. The series will show the women living, loving and establishing their careers. It will also show the realities of how their sexualities impact their lives.
Model and activist Carmen Carrera will act as the lead on the show featuring five women. It’s set to roll out later this year or early 2015. Banks will serve as the executive producer alongside Gay Rosenthal.
Susan Levison, executive vp of programming for VH1, said “It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more. This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates.”
This will be VH1’s third show that either stars or features a person from the transgender community. “Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox was on “I Want to Work For Diddy.” The show helped launch her professional career. From there she starred in a series called “TRANSform Me” in 2010.
This is what Banks had to say about the show. “TransAmerica is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women. I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story.”
Carrera, who will relocate from New Jersey, says “Being a woman means everything to me. Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”
Banks will produce the series through her Tyra Banks Co. with Gay Rosenthal who will oversee with Gay Rosenthal Productions and Mark Schulman for 3 Arts. Levison and Nina L. Diaz will work through VH1.
Here’s a run down of the upcoming stars, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Signed to Elite Model Management, Carrera is on the path to becoming a supermodel. Recognized as a leading advocate in the transgender community, Carrera is constantly balancing her career goals with her personal life and reminding others of the importance of friendship. Now this Jersey girl is ready to take the Windy City by storm.
A recent college graduate, Giselle is focused on continuing her education and applying to graduate school. As she prepares for her upcoming sexual reassignment surgery, Giselle is set on finding her perfect man in Chicago.
Natalia is a beauty consultant for Christian Dior cosmetics. She is faced with the challenge of trying to reconnect with some of her family and gaining their support.
Sidney is the ultimate party girl. Struggling with the idea of juggling a social life and professional goals, she is focused on finding her true direction in life.
Victory dreams of becoming a doctor but must deal with the discrimination she receives as a transgender woman. Nevertheless, she won’t allow others to step in the way of her goals.
Does the show sound interesting to you? WIll you watch?