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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!

Love & Hip Hop ATL [Update Numero Tres ]

The last three episodes were of course filled with a ton of drama and craziness. I decided the easiest way to share my opinions would be  to do a breakdown by relationships.

Karlie & Benzino: I don’t understand their relationship at all. I’d like to know how much time lapses between episodes. Because their relationship is going quite quickly! A key to the house? Really?! And now he’s planning to propose? Whatever happen to a courtship? Dating? Waiting? Honestly, I don’t see their relationship lasting very long. However, I will agree with Benzino and how he feels about Karlie Redd always bringing up her career. I would get upset about that too, especially if it seems like that’s all we talk about it. I am interested in knowing where exactly her “career” is as well.

Stevie J., Joseline & Mimi: This love triangle is just stupid, and everyone involved is stupid. Joseline isn’t going to move on, which is known because of her conversation with Karlie Redd. Mimi is so stuck on being a family that she is willing to sacrifice what’s best for her. I understand that women in particular, would like to have their family in tact. However, if keeping the family together is unhealthy for those involved, it would be better to let it go and move on. A child can still grow up to be a productive adult even if his or her parents aren’t together. It happens everyday. I must say that I think it was very touching that Mimi shared her dedication to her mother with the world though. Stevie J is a hazard to himself and everyone he deals with. He has some serious issues, and needs to be left alone. I am glad that he got roughed up by Joseline, although it was for nothing because she’s going to return to him. I don’t buy into that whole “I don’t have a mother. So, I’m going to treat women bad” bid either. Stevie J is a womanizing liar and is just trying come up with a reason to excuse his behavior.

The Therapist: Who is this guy?! Was he recommended? Seriously, where did he come from? After watching Stevie J and Mimi in their session, I had to really wonder if that is how therapy goes. 

Karlie Redd & Joseline: This friendship came out of nowhere, at least to me. They had so much drama between them, and now they’re going rock climbing together. To each his or her own, I guess. I just think that of all the meetups between people beefing, it’s ironic that this was the only one that was successful. Well, maybe it’s because they’re the outcasts of the group. Who knows?

Erica, Scrappy & Shay: Scrappy has no idea what he wants in life. Erica is well in her right to be skeptical of their relationship or lack thereof. Scrappy needs to be by himself for a while, so that he can figure things out. However, I don’t think that is going to happen, especially since Erica said that he can’t be by himself. I like Erica a lot. I think she is genuine, but has her weaknesses. When she cried and asked Scrappy how he would feel if a guy treated their daughter the same way he treats her, that broke my heart. That question should have really struck a nerve with Scrappy; I’m not sure that it did. Shay is so naive. She seems to be completely oblivious to the relationship Scrappy has with Erica. I’m not sure if she chooses to be that way, or if she just can’t put two and two together.

Mama D: I am quite happy that Scrappy corrected her about referring to the mother of her grandchild as a bitch. I think she was totally out of line. I can definitely appreciate him for speaking up. She obviously has issues though. I mean she misspelled bitch and I’m not sure if they edited out her correcting herself, but it didn’t appear that she realized her error.

K. Michelle: I think she has some serious issues. However, I do believe that she was abused by Memphitz. I absolutely do not condone violence against anyone, but I think she was having a crazy K. Michelle episode and pushed all of his buttons. Although it can happen, I don’t think he just all of a sudden start beating her. I wish we could get the entire story, but that will never happen. At the end of the day, I sympathize with her because she is a survivor. Whether or not she said something or did something to provoke him, he should have had enough self-control to walk away from the situation.

Rasheeda & Kirk: I love these two. While the content of their trials and tribulations may not be common, the way they handle them as  married couple deserves kudos. No one is perfect, but they always seem to come to a common ground when it comes to their relationship. It surprised me that Rasheeda decided to keep Kirk as her manager. I thought that was very admirable of her. Her ability to switch between the many roles she plays is awesome and worth taking note of. Even though Rasheeda is one of my two favorite characters, I’m a little uneasy on the way she handled the meeting with K. Michelle. I believe she should have asked K. Michelle her side of the story and then explained to K. Michelle her relationship with Toya & Memphitz.

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