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Shawty Lo & All His Babies’ Mamas

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Well, as you all may be aware, Shawty Lo is expected to star in a new reality show titled, “All My Babies’ Mamas.” The new reality show, still in the planning stages, is set to run on Oxygen. It’s supposed to highlight the rapper’s life with his 10 babies’ mamas and current girlfriend, who is allegedly 19-years-old. Needless to say, I’ve developed some opinions about this topic.

Oxygen is only following suit of other networks airing reality shows. Not to say that should be a reason to air these types of programs, but we are all aware that the more drama there is, the more people will be inclined to watch. I don’t care what anyone says about that. It’s the way TV works. It’s a business, and ratings equal dollars. Television networks don’t care about the kind of trash they air on their respective channels because it’s about money. We all know that drama, violence, and sex sells. So, with Oxygen choosing to pilot this new show, it shouldn’t be a shock.

As far as the show is concerned, I’ve definitely developed some preliminary thoughts…

My first issue is that Shawty Lo has fathered 11 children with 10 different women. That’s disgusting. It shows that he has had unprotected sex with at least (and I do emphasize at least) 10 different women. Statistically speaking, someone had to contract something. It also shows what type of man he is, and that he has no respect for women. However, that conclusion could also be derived from his rap lyrics.

My second issue is with the women, if they were aware of each other. What would possess a woman to have a child by someone who already has 10 other children with at least 9 different women? Now, I’m not sure if the women were aware of each other, but if they were then that’s definitely degrading.

Both of the aforementioned points can also be attributed to people’s stance on marriage, and family.We are definitely living in a different time. Once upon a time, a lot more men and women wanted to be married before procreating, and wouldn’t even consider bringing a child into the world without exchanging vows. However, I won’t go off on a tangent…

I understand that many people are upset because they believe this to be a misrepresentation of the black community. However, I don’t think that we should allow these type of shows to dictate what represents the black community or any community at that. With that said, I ask, do shows like Honey Boo Boo and Shahs of Sunsets represent the community of the people starring in them? Shows like the Real Housewives of Atlanta, and All My Babies’ Mamas represent the people involved. My family, immediate and extended, are nothing like the families shown on these shows. If the people who view these shows choose to categorize every person belonging to a particular culture because of what was shown on television then they’re ignorant.

If the reason behind Shawty Lo and his 10 babies’ mamas getting together is for the children then I’d have to say that’s commendable; however, it definitely could have been done in private. The children are innocent, and I think it’s only fair for them to be given the opportunity to develop relationships with their brothers and sisters.

I do plan to watch the special so that I can give a more substantial opinion about the show. These are just my preliminary thoughts, and I definitely encourage you to share yours!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk 2012

This was the second time I participated in the American Cancer Society annual breast cancer walk. I was so humbled by my experience in last year’s walk that I decided to  make a commitment to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk each year.

I am unsure how much money I raised last year, but it probably was under $50. I knew I could do better than that, so this year I set a goal of $100. During the last week of fundraising, I met and surpassed that goal. The fact that so many people were willing to help me attain a goal was also very humbling. I’m glad that I was able to contribute to the cause.

While many people would assume that I participate because I know someone or was directly affected by breast cancer. I don’t know anyone personally who has lost the fight, or has become a survivor. This is why I participate. When I read or hear about the stories of women who have overcome, and those who haven’t, I am moved. I’m not just moved because it’s sad, but because at any time my mom, my sister, my aunt or could discover a lump in one of our breasts. Breast Cancer does not discriminate. As a woman, I feel compelled to do what I can to help someone else’s mom, someone else’s sister, someone else’s aunt, or someone else.  This disease affects so many women (and men) every year. I’ve been blessed to have not had it affect me or my loved ones, and I’d like to keep it that way.

This year’s walk was no different from the last. I was again humbled by the experience. I saw women, men and children all walking for a common purpose. Thousands of people, survivors and families of lost loved ones, all walking against breast cancer. It was a beautiful sight to see that many people from all backgrounds, economic classes, educational levels, and ages gather for such an important cause. We all walked 3 miles together and finished 3 miles together.

Life isn’t just about what we can do for ourselves; it’s also about what we can do for others. Find a cause that speaks to you, and look for ways to contribute. It will make life that much more purposeful.

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