CNN’s Black In America

CNN’s special “Black In America” aired tonight! I really enjoyed , but once I got on Tumblr I saw some of the negative feedback people were saying about the piece.

The piece in my opinion really was about how these individuals identified themselves and the emotional struggle that entailed. I would encourage people to look at it from a different perspective. Beyond being human we all having different things that we identify with; Female,heterosexual,Christian,Muslim,American,Nigerian,Texan, etc. Each one of those demographics is what makes this country and world what it is today. Each one of those groups has voice, issues, and opinions. I feel all aspects of the melting pot that we call America deserve to be examined. While Blacks are a smaller portion of America population , these issues are relevant. “Shadiesm”and Colorism result in things like bullying and low self esteem and a multitude of emotional hurt. Would you complain about a special about another demographic?

And for the comments of a post racial society, we don’t live in one. If you don’t believe me look at some of the tweets and Facebook posts after the election. Unfortunately, a lot of people go out of their way to make those who are non-white feel inferior today in 2012. It’s terrible, and I’d hope none of your reading this fall into that category.

I hope CNN (and other networks) continue to do specials like this, not just about black people; but other issues that affect us as in Americans whatever characteristics and demographics that includes. Because honestly a lot of us don’t understand issues that our fellow Americans face, we just pay attention to what affects us right here at this instant.

Twitter: @BlackInAmerica , @Soledad_OBrien @CNN, #BlackInAmerica
Tomorrow at 12ET Essence Magazine is hosting a Google+ hangout with Soledad O’brien.

 

Positivity & Diversity on TV

Postivity and Diversity on TV

I wrote a post a while back about why more Black Entertainment is choosing the small screen over the boob tube a few months ago and today I ran across this article.

Why black British drama is going online, not on TV

The article talks about narrow spectrum of blackness on TV and how despite their efforts it was very hard to get TV Networks interested. Inspired by the success of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl many other series are trying their hand at their work. The opposition TV Executives in the UK included “They’re not ready for black women. Commissioners say: ‘Can you make white people laugh?’ Or: ‘Middle England won’t like you.’”

Actor David Harewood has even encouraged Black actors to go the US because there aren’t many roles for authoritative,strong, black characters in the UK.,

Eva Longoria’s upcoming Devious Maids was nixed from the ABC line up. It received some major backlash for not showcasing Hispanic women who were successful like you would see in everyday life?

Tyler Perry also commented on the lack of uplifting diversity on TV in an ET Interview
“People don’t want the kind of positivity that was on “The Cosby Show.” So, if you look at the reality shows and the things that are going on, people don’t want that type of positivity anymore.”

Why do networks feel that this is the only available niche for minorities? Screaming, throwing bottles, flipping tables,fighting, and passed out on the jersey shore?

Where is the diversity in our network programming? I’m not talking about the stereotypical roles i.e The Sassy black friend, the smart Asian friend, and the Hispanic character you didn’t know was Hispanic until the credit came up at the end and saw their last name. In my opinion the television is one of the few places less where you can see almost ZERO diversity. My friends, my classroom, my church, the mall I shop at etc are all somewhat diverse. Everyone is not all one shape,size,ethnicity why doesn’t our programming reflect that?

So shout out Youtube for being a outlet to actually reflect real people, not just what networks want to see. I’m really excited that more people are feeling inspired and creating web series.

Here’s my favorite from the article check out and the original article:

and if you’ve seen a cool Web Series post it below or tweet it to me at @Paige_Nash!