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“Real Chance Of Love” Star Dies After Cancer Battle At 33

February 21st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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It absolutely breaks our heart to report this news.

Ahmad Givens, a.k.a Real, one half of the brother duo of VH1’s Real Chance Of Love has died after a long time battle with cancer. His brother, Chance, confirmed via Instagram that Real lost his battle.

Chance posted,

By to my favorite guy in this whole world be in peace we love you forever bro I’ll see you one day soon we shall dance again in God’s kindom forever and ever bro words can’t describe my pain world pray for me!

Real was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013. Real underwent surgery and things were looking positive, but earlier this year the cancer returned. He began chemotherapy treatments again but they however, did not work.

Our heart and prayers are with Chance and the rest of their family.

“You Can’t Sit With Us” Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Expels ‘Sorority Sisters’ Castmates

January 20th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I thought, with the announcement that VH1 wrapping up “Sorority Sisters,” that the drama behind the show would have died down. But apparently, tensions are still running high. Just a few weeks after Alpha Kappa Alpha announced that both April McRae and Rwanda ‘Joy’ Hammond were suspended from the sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, is following suit with one better. They are not suspending all of the Delta castmates, they are expelling all members who participated on the show from the sorority entirely. That includes, Adrene Ashford, Priyanka Banks, Shanna McCormick, Lydia Mitchell, and MeToya Monroe.

The notice was posted on the sorority’s national website.

Here are the receipts.

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Remember how Priyanka Banks spoke about the fact that she considered renouncing her letters in “The Dialogue”? Well, not it looks like she won’t have to. Expulsion, as you might assume means she is no longer a Delta. The website lists the meaning of expulsion in full below.

All rights and privileges as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. are rescinded for all individuals listed in this section of the website.

What Does That Mean?

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Marks are the exclusive property of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. The right to wear, use, or display any items or merchandise with any Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Marks (“paraphernalia”) is granted to those in good standing only.

Therefore, all individuals listed in this section must refrain from wearing any paraphernalia or using any merchandise that includes references to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., its symbols or logos. Wearing or using Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. paraphernalia is knowingly engaging in fraudulent misrepresentation and impersonation, i.e., conveying that you are a member of the organization.

Furthermore, attending “Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Only” activities or otherwise engaging in any conduct or activities that indicate membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is prohibited. Should any individual fail to abide by the aforementioned guidelines and/or fraudulently misrepresent her status as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., you will be subject to legal action taken against her by the organization.

For those of you who know your history, January 13, the day the ladies were all expelled also happens to the be the 102 anniversary of the day Delta Sigma Theta was founded. Perhaps DST didn’t inform the ladies of their expulsion until sometime in the evening because several of the members posted statuses, videos and pictures celebrating their founder’s day.

The ladies have yet to speak publicly about their expulsion…and judging from the guidelines outlined above, legally, they may not be able to.

But there were these messages from Metoya’s Instagram account.

One from January 14, the day after the expulsion:

Good Morning! 😘 Have a Blessed Day!

A photo posted by MeToya Monroe (@metoyamonroe) on

And another from January 16:

#SororitySisters Living and Learning

A photo posted by MeToya Monroe (@metoyamonroe) on

These messages could refer to any thing or anyone…but they do seem pretty timely and quite classy, given the nature of the situation. Shanna McCormick also posted some pretty timely messages. 

Am I the only one that feels the expulsion was a bit harsh…when there have been other members who’ve done far worse? I can’t help but see this as women being punished for nothing more than being argumentative and perhaps catty on television. And it’s particularly odd considering during the season finale all of the women put ego and attitude aside to come together to do something good for the community. To me, that’s just life. Getting over our differences, egos and flaws for the greater good. There are some people who never manage that. But these women did. How does that warrant expulsion? Personally, I don’t get it. You don’t have to be Greek to understand sisterhood. And expelling instead of instructing, correcting or privately scolding would have been more sisterly than publicly ousting members. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think about the expulsion? Do you think it’s fair or too much?

Update: Lydia Mitchell was catching some serious flack from “super Deltas” as she called them. They were attempting to kick a “sister” while she was, presumably, down. See what they said and what she said in response to them and anyone else with concerns on the next page.

Exclusive: Cat Harper Discusses Future Of “Sorority Sisters”

January 19th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The final episode from season one of  VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” may have aired, but apparently, the controversy continues to linger. Although it has been assumed that VH1 would not continue with the series after airing the final three episodes Friday night, both the network and cast member Cat Harper, whom we had the privilege of speaking to, say that a decision has not been made regarding the future of “Sorority Sisters.” Check out our chat with Cat below.

MN: What are your thoughts on some of your cast members being suspended from their sororities over the show?

Being suspended does not mean that you are no longer apart of that organization. No matter what happens, people will still view you as being apart of your sorority, especially after being on this show. We will always be sorority sisters. Being suspended is just like your mom saying “you’re no longer a member of this family.” It’s no possible way. You can’t suspend relationships, experiences or what’s a part of you.

MN: Did you also face disciplinary action from your sorority?

No, I personally haven’t.

MN: Do you feel betrayed by the Black Greek community?

No, at the end of the day they have no loyalty to me and I have no loyalty to them. We are all individuals that are just apart of an organization. If I based my life everyday off of what I felt the Black Greek community thought about me, I would be putting them before God.

MN: If you could do things all over, would you have still signed on to do “Sorority Sisters?”

Yes, I never regret anything I do in life. With my life’s history, everything I do leads up to bigger and better. This was a part of my journey that was meant for me in order to fulfill my purpose.

MN: What are your thoughts on K. Michelle’s disapproval of the series?

K. Michelle’s approval or disapproval doesn’t matter to me. She’s entitled to have her own opinion about the show or anything in life, just like everyone else. She’s not the only celebrity sorority/ fraternity member that has not represented herself in the “perfect Greek eye.” We’re all human and sometimes, I think that’s a part of life that we sometimes forget. This show has just opened my eyes to see how hypocritical us Greeks could be.

MN: How did you learn that VH1 would be canceling the series?

According to VH1, no decision has been made about the future of the series just yet, but assumptions have been made. Rather or not, this was just a stepping stone for something greater.

MN: Some of your cast members expressed that they received death threats over the show. Did you also receive threats?

I did, and unfortunately we’re still receiving derogatory messages from Greeks that didn’t approve of the show. The Greek community was so concerned about “Sorority Sisters” showing Greek life in a negative light. They were correct, in the fact that they showed how negative the Greek community could be, in a way that I could have never imagined. Who knew that sororities and fraternities based off of Christian values and moral principles could allow a TV show to bring so much evil, hate, and risk the lives of my sisters in Greek.

MN: Did this experience help to unite you and your cast members in any way?

Absolutely, they are great women. I don’t know about the people who you know but these are some beautiful, phenomenal, and educated women. My cast mates consist of educators, business owners, those that are furthering their education past a B.A. and community-oriented women. We have grown closer throughout the taping of the show. Unfortunately, we’ve grown even closer due to the negativity from the Greek community. For the first time in my life’s history, I’ve actually seen some “real” Greek unity as a whole. Unfortunately, it was due to these trying times.

MN: After all of this, have your feelings changed at all towards Sigma Gamma Rho? If so, how?

Not at all. When I pledged Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., I pledged that Sigmas stick together, win together, lose together and die together. That means that no matter what we will always be sister’s. If I was to change my opinion about my sorority off of just this reality show, I would be just as hypocritical as the others who have.

MN: Any last thoughts?

I would just like to say that, this is not the end for me, this is only the beginning. I’ve opened my photography studio during the taping of this show and I’ve continued to further my acting career also. Because I’m so passionate and determined in everything I do, I can only see positive outcomes. Last but not least, it feels great to be able to express myself and give my point of view. I’m so grateful for this interview. It is so greatly appreciated.

Exclusive: April McRae Of “Sorority Sisters” Talks The Backlash, The Suspension And The Death Threats

January 15th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Lord, it seems like we have been talking about VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” for months now. The story just kept getting bigger and bigger. First there were petitions, then hashtag campaigns, advertisers were contacted and then, in VH1’s special “The Dialogue,” we learned that the ladies had even received death threats. Most recently, there were two AKA suspensions and earlier this week we learned that VH1 was canceling the show. In the midst of all of this there were think pieces written on both sides of the argument and probably plenty of beauty shop discussions. But rarely, with the exception of “The Dialogue” have we heard from the women themselves. 

And that’s exactly why after we learned of April McRae and Joy Hammond’s suspension from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, we reached out to the ladies to see if they had any thoughts they’d like to share. April responded and we talked about everything from why she decided to participate in the show, whether she ever thought about renouncing her letters like Priyanka Banks, and the very real death threats. 

How did VH1 initially present the show to you?

Basically, it was about our lives beyond the sorority, our life beyond college. These are women who are professional women well in their careers. It was our life after we pledged our sorority. And they wanted to see how we’re doing things in our community. We’re all doing philanthropic work. You’ll see in an episode coming, where I do a charity event for two nonprofit organizations that deal with mentoring youth and mentoring teens and giving back to teenagers that are homeless and children that are in need of clothing and things of that nature. So you will see community service, you will see philanthropy. Things that I pride myself on day to day as being the daughter of a pastor in a church and being a member of a Greek letter organization. So that was the purpose, to show that we are still doing these things that we hold near and dear to us. And we’re also pursuing our dreams in business. You know, I’m a clinical doctoral candidate of speech pathology and I’m a few months away from graduating with a clinical doctorate. So those are aspects of my life that were very interesting to the network. Because I am a full time student but I’m also a businesswoman who has two businesses and I mentor young girls. So these are true realities of my life that they wanted to share with the world. Just like all the girls have very interesting lives.

Why did you initially decide to participate?

To take my business to another level as far as being the owner of House of Couture and being a budding and aspiring fashion stylist. 

Did you feel that the show veered off from its original course at any time?

I think with any show there will be challenges. I think that there will be things that come about with filming. And it’s not anything that I can say I personally have control over. So it is what it is.

Did you foresee any controversy about your appearance on the show?

I didn’t. I was on the show representing myself and speaking as April McRae, not anyone else.

After Boycotts And Loss Of Major Advertisers, VH1 To End “Sorority Sisters” Early By Airing Last Three Episodes On Friday Night

January 13th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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People have been in such a tizzy about “Sorority Sisters” since it premiered last month. But it looks like all the anger and the action people took to get advertisers pulled must have worked. VH1 plans to air the final three episodes of “Sorority Sisters” in one night, and not even in the show’s normal Monday night time slot. No, the show will meet its end in what they call the “Friday Night Death Slot,” or the “Graveyard Slot.”

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution and VH1’s own TV schedule, “Sorority Sisters” will bow out late Friday night. The last three episodes will air at 9:30, 10:20 and 11:10, with the finale being the last episode and finishing up at 12 a.m.

Most VH1 shows have a big reunion, or at least a lot of promotion surrounding a finale. But considering that “Sorority Sisters” didn’t even premiere with much promotional backing (because they knew Greeks would flip out if forewarned), it’s not all that surprising.

And when you take into consideration the number of black Greeks who worked together to contact and successfully dissuade a great deal of advertisers, from Kellogg’s Cheez-Its, Crayola and Jimmy Dean, to the big kahunas, including Honda and the NBA, it’s definitely not a shocker. There is strength in numbers. And of course, networks need advertisers to keep these programs going, and according to the AJC, the loss of backers seems to have a great deal to do with this move.

However, VH1 did fight pretty hard. They had that special show where cast members could address the fallout. And recently, they claimed that because ratings were pretty good for “Sorority Sisters,” they weren’t backing down and canceling the show:

“There are currently no plans to change the series and it seems to be connecting with its audience. Due to the confidential nature of our agreements with our advertising partners, we never speak to specifics about clients and their media plans. But we do enjoy successful, long-term partnerships with our advertisers and are happy to honor any requests to move spots to other parts of our schedule.”

But as the AJC pointed out, until VH1 says so, this doesn’t mean the show is done for good. However, after all the trouble, is it really worth it to try and bring it back in the future?

 

“Sorority Sisters” April McRae And Joy Hammond Suspended From AKA

January 8th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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April McRae And Joy Hammond Suspended From AKA feat

The saga that is “Sorority Sisters” continues. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc members April McRae and Rwanda [Joy] Hammond have been suspended from the organization. The notice of their suspension was posted on the sorority’s corporate website and later tweeted out by several individuals, public figures bloggers and more, including public figure and notorious Alpha Roland Martin and oddly enough, retweeted by former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams. 

Strange things.

April McRae And Joy Hammond Suspended From AKA

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The story managed to go under the radar because the women were effectively suspended on the day after Christmas and will not be eligible. The suspension is set to last until July 2016.

According to another member of AKA, a suspension means that these women no longer have privileges as  members and are basically considered inactive. Suspended members are not allowed to attend chapter meetings, sorority events and shouldn’t claim membership until they are reinstated.

Neither April or Joy have responded directly to the suspension but April has posted some pretty telling, inspirational messages, presumably, about the suspension. See what she had to say.

 

Naturally, every organization is different. Some have stricter rules than others but I do find it interesting that members of other Greek organizations got into physical altercations on practically every season of their show on the same network and were never even questioned, not to mention punished, for their behavior.

Interesting. And honestly, I feel sorry for April and Joy. Simply because it’s impossible for an individual to represent an organization and equally impossible for an organization made up of thousands of women to maintain a spotless reputation in the eyes of all people for all time.

But with AKA taking this type of stance I guess it will be hard for these women and other prospects to both participate in “Sorority Sisters” and also keep the letters that make them eligible to be a part of it.

Nice to know the Black Greek Lettered Organizations have this much power. It’ll be interesting to see what they direct their efforts toward in the future.

What do you think about this suspension? Was it fair?

VH1 Working On Hip-Hop TV Movie ‘The Breaks’

January 8th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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the big paybackVH1 is about to get a little more hip hop flavor. The network is working on The Breaks, a TV movie based on Dan Charnas’ best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, film production is set to begin in the spring for a fall premiere this year. And if it pulls in good ratings, it may become a series for VH1.

Seth Mann (who directed episodes of The Wire, The Walking Dead, and Elementary) has been tapped to write the script as well as executive produce and direct. Charnas will also executive produce and co-wrote the story for the script.

The Breaks (working title) follows the story of three friends united by their love of hip hop as they try to make it big in the music industry.

The Breaks marks the third TV movie at VH1 as the music-themed network pushes further into scripted fare. It joins 2013’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and Drumline: A New Beat,” reports THR.

The Big Payback was praised as one of the most comprehensive books of the world of hip hop as it chronicles 40 years of stories based on more than 300 interviews with execs, entrepreneurs, hustlers, and handlers.

VH1 isn’t the only network delving deeper into hip hop. Fox just debuted its much-buzzed about drama Empire, from creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, while Starz recently renewed its hip-hop tale Power, from executive producer 50 Cent, for a second season. Fitty isn’t too happy about Empire, which he claims is merely a copy of his hit show.

“Sorority Sisters” Cast Members Respond To The Backlash

January 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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It seems like we’ve been talking about this show forever. And despite the petitions, think pieces, hash tags and other Greek affiliated personalities bashing the show, VH1 has made it explicitly clear that they have no intention of canceling “Sorority Sisters.

But they are not only aware of the controversy, they made time for the show’s cast members to address all of the backlash.

See what some of the cast members had to say about their decision to participate in the show and some of the backlash they’ve received.

Priyanka, a Delta, explained why she decided to participate in the show and the very extreme measures are taking their displeasure.

“I’m a woman of opportunity. This is a million dollar platform. And of course all of us are businesswomen so I thought that that would portray us in a positive light. I am a Delta; however, I am not speaking to every Delta in my sorority. This is my story and this is my life.” 

I don’t have any backlash from my line sisters. It’s Deltas that I do not know.

“And it’s sad because I’ve been getting death threats all types of crazy. And they’re saying that we’re misrepresenting our sororities and stuff like that. And discretion is the key…you’re leaving a paper trail on the internet, showing non-Greeks how you treat your own sorors. So if anything, if somebody says that watching this show is going to make people not want to pledge, you’re making people not want to pledge!” 

Cat, a Sigma Gamma Rho, said that she joined the cast of the show to inspire other women to follow her path to success.

And she directed her comment specifically to K. Michelle, who said she had no respect for these women.

“I represent me also not just Sigma Gamma Rho. So before I respect my organization I respect myself first.  And a lot of people can say and they can watch the show, even celebrities that have pledge a Greek organization can say ‘Yeah, I act a fool on TV but never with my letters on my back.’ But that does me you respect your letters more than you respect yourself? I respect myself first before I respect my letters.”

And April, an AKA, said that there is no difference between Greek affiliated women who act a fool in their real lives or those who act up on television. She said that she believes people are so upset because of the name of the show. At the end of the day April said no one is perfect and she did not sign up to represent her entire organization.

“I don’t believe that one woman can speak for an entire body of women…I  feel like it’s hypocrisy. I feel like we’re not looking at ourselves in the mirror.” 

And despite the backlash broadcast on social media, April says she’s gotten plenty of correspondence from her fellow sorority sisters congratulating and supporting her for being on the show.

Metoya, a Delta, said what the women are exhibiting on the series is showing a slice of real life.

“That’s an everyday struggle that’s real life. Everybody doesn’t always get along. and I think it’s very naive of us to act as if we do. I think it’s ridiculous to say that because April and I got in an argument, that’s ratchet. Why? I don’t get along with every woman that I come across. But April and I can still be adults and talk.”

All of the women noted how the Greek movement could have been directed toward something more important to the community.

Did you watch The Dialogue with the Sorority Sisters? Did their viewpoints help you sympathize with them a little more?

You can watch their full discussion here.

 

VH1 Says They Will Not Cancel “Sorority Sisters”

December 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Despite the petitions, boycott hashtags, dissension from the Black Greek community and several advertisers deciding not to run their ads during the time slot, VH1 recently announced that they would not be canceling their controversial new show “Sorority Sisters.”

Basically, because people are watching.

Advertisers like Honda, Crayola, JBL, a subsidiary of Harman International, Hallmark, Carmex have all pulled their commercials from the time slot. But despite all the community and corporate backlash, VH1 said, in an e-mail, that they have no plans to cancel the show.

“There are currently no plans to change the series and it seems to be connecting with its audience. Due to the confidential nature of our agreements with our advertising partners, we never speak to specifics about clients and their media plans. But we do enjoy successful, long-term partnerships with our advertisers and are happy to honor any requests to move spots to other parts of our schedule.”

Welp!

And I’m sure the 1.3. million viewers for the premiere episode didn’t hurt either. What do you think about VH1’s statement?

Vh1’s New Show “Bye Felicia” Highlights Why Hollywood Loves A Magical Negro

November 19th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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"Bye Felicia" Highlights Why Hollywood Loves A Magical Negro

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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….

As described on Vh1.com:

“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.