The Harvey Effect

Today’s Black History Month fact is about Black Swan Records, which I think is sort of ironic seeing as how I’m loving the movie “Black Swan” now. 

Black Swan Records, founded in 1921 by Harry Pace in Harlem, was the first U.S. record label owned and operated by African-Americans. It was originally the Pace Phonograph Corporation and was renamed Black Swan Records after the 19th century opera singer Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, who was known as the Black Swan.

Now, for today’s post.  Most of us are well aware of the phenom that actor/comedian Steve Harvey has become.  His suits are selling (I guess), he’s got a nationally syndicated radio show, and he’s written 2 best-selling books.  But…here comes his ex-wife, Mary, making claims that Steve kicked her out of their house, he won’t allow their son to see her, and that Steve was seeing his current wife, Marjorie, while he and Mary were still married.  As with most cases of alleged infidelity and people done wrong, most of Black America is siding with Mary.  Everybody else is siding with Steve.  But what seems to be resonating with a lot of folks is that this issue is causing dissension with Black people.  I wholeheartedly disagree.

First of all, while I’m a faithful listener of the “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” (mainly for the Strawberry Letter), I take it for what it’s worth-entertainment.  And while I did purchase Steve’s first book, I have no desire to purchase his new one.  Yes, I’ll admit I learned a thing or two from the first one, but just because Steve used to (admittedly) be a dog and responds to people’s letters on his show, an expert does not one make.  Second, I don’t consider Steve to be a “leader” in Black America, so do we really care about his personal issues being a detriment to us?  No. It’s just fodder for the tabloids, which seems to be what most “news” is pertaining to celebrities today. The one person we all should be concerned about in this situation is Steve and Mary’s son, Wynston. An innocent boy who needs both of his parents in his life, to offer stability and teach him right from wrong, and who can keep their differences bottled up long enough to care for their son.

Do you guys care one way or the other about this situation? Or is this just a way for Mary to get in the news? And can someone please tell me why Tom Joyner had Mary on his show in the first place (’cause I’m a little confused). Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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