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Say what you want now, but “The Real World” single-handedly ushered in the reality TV craze. In the beginning, it was all about painting a grim, but true portrait of everyday life for young people in this little, big world of ours. And while the show was able to do all that, it’s always had a crutch when it comes to diversifying. The few black people featured from season to season were often remembered as over-agressive brothas carrying around ticking time bomb tempers. With all that, the black women of “The Real World” haven’t fully received their due, and with the 25th season starting today, it’s about time. A few of my faves, they weren’t all positive role models, but they looked like us, were interesting, and were very real indeed…Ooooo ladies first!

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