Published on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:33
We read a quick blurb last week about the potential for a new reality TV program that would be based on African American women who are active in their church. The new proposed program was described as a “Real Housewives” of the Church. Uh-oh we thought.
Now we see that our “Uh-Oh” is exactly right. A “Casting Call” has been posted by Gigantic! Productions for this program and here is what they say they are looking for:
“Now from Emmy-award winning producers, Gigantic! Productions, comes a new documentary series on women in African-American church communities. Are you highly involved in your church by day, but hell bent on having fun at night? Are you and your friends extraordinary people with big personalities? Tell us why you deserve your own series. Send photos and stories to CASTING at GIGANTIC dot TV.”
It seems they want to build on the money making programming model of portraying African American women as being over the top and crazy. Do we really need another woman of color on a reality program who is constantly acting like NeNe Leakes? Especially women who are supposedly active in the Church? We don’t think so.
In addition just who is Gigantic! Productions and who in their production staff understands the community they are attempting to capture in this program? When we view their website we see programs such as “I’m Addicted To Crystal Meth”, “I’m A Compulsive Shopper”, “I’m Going To Rehab”, “I’m Getting Breast Implants” and others that make us wonder if they should be associated with the type of program they are proposing here. You add this programming history to their call for women who are “Hell bent” on partying and you see what they are really trying to do. We don’t care how many awards Gigantic! Productions have won because that does not mean they are the right production company to attempt this type of program.
The other part of this discussion is comparing the “buzz” for this new spin on crazy African American women and the lack of anyone in the entertainment industry willing to fund an uplifting movie like Red Tails. Why is that? In the recent Oprah interview with George Lucas (producer of Red Tails) he expressed that the studios turned down Red Tails because they “didn’t know how to market it”. But it seems they have figured out how to market to America the stereotype of the crazy and angry black woman. At some point it is upon us to reject these efforts by so called entertainment production companies to come into the community and continue to exploit us for their gain.
Unfortunately we know that there are many women who will jump at the first opportunity to be a part of the initial cast for this program. They will somehow justify their ego driven efforts to be on the program as a way to help “preach the word”. They will allow themselves to act crazy and be over the top for ratings. But all of that does not mean we have to watch it.
To be completely honest we hope that the program never gets aired on any channel. We hope that this is a big bust and production companies such as Gigantic! Productions never ever try to do something like this again.
You can view the “casting call” by following this link. You can view Gigantic! Productions website by following this link.
Published on Monday, 13 February 2012 21:39
For those of you who live near Hamilton College in Clinton, New York you may want to catch an upcoming panel discussion about our natural coils that is being held as part of the College’s Black History Month celebration. Here is the information you need to know:
Deep Roots: A Panel Discussion on Hair with Dr. Noliwe Rooks, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m, in the Red Pit, KJ. Rooks is associate director of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton and author of Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture and African American Women (1996).
You can read the media release by Hamilton College by following the link.