Exhale

I can’t believe just a few posts ago, I had renounced talk shows. It looks like I will have to eat my words. It’s all because I saw a clip of this upcoming show:

Wow, go head ladies! I am feeling this show more than The Real, the talk show that made me shrug my shoulders.  I feel there is more diversity of looks/backgrounds of black women on “Exhale.”  It’s also an opportunity to see black women celebrities that have been underrepresented in mainstream media (AJ Johnson and Malinda Williams).

I have to admit I am also biased towards the show, because Issa Rae will be one of the hosts. Issa Rae is the creator of the hit web series “Awkward Black Girl.” As a DIY (Do-it-Yourself) artist, I love that someone like Rae (who developed and wrote her own show), will be given more exposure. It’s an opportunity for other black women to see, (that one doesn’t have to be an established celebrity), to be successful.  Whether it’s creating a show or any other business interests, it is doable. There are so many resources out there and people who will support you. It’s why I heart DIY culture!

I’m crossing my fingers that this show lives up to its potential 😉

The show premieres June 27th on the Aspire Network.

The Real

I personally think talk shows have worn out their welcome. I’m a old head and remember Phil Donahue, which means we have  been bombarded with talk shows for over 40 years.  Out of all the talk shows, that have made it onto the airwaves, only two folks have made a mark. The mentioned Donahue, and of course, Oprah Winfrey. Everyone else has been blah and usually forgettable.

So, when I saw the promo for the new talk show “The Real,” I was only mildly curious. I  decided to watch a few clips from the show, because all of the hosts are women of color.  It’s the one unique thing about this tired format. I  hoped because they were women of color, they would bring something new to the game. But alas, they are out of touch,  just like the rest of them.

It’s probably because they are all rich (or at least well off) women of color.   I had three problems with the show: (1) They all look-alike. They all have the standard homogeneous look that is required of women of color celebrities, these days. (2) It was annoying to see the full-figured black woman (yet again) shoving food down her throat/self-depreciating humor. Don’t we get enough of those images of black women in mainstream media? (3) they claimed that there will be one person on the show we (the common woman) will be able to connect to, I didn’t relate to any of the women. Ugh. If you can stomach it, the show has a four-week test run starting on July 15th…