I Guess This IS Real Life

If you weren’t aware, I’m originally from South Carolina, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of days… (Sorry, I got a little carried away.)  I loved growing up in South Carolina.  Even though it’s not the Deep South, it’s still the South, and you encounter a few folks that remind you it’s still the South, but for the most part, I had no issues growing up.  Unfortunately, just like there are people from EVERY state that do crazy things, I’m not too happy of some of the activities from people in my home state.  I love SC fiercely, but sometimes things happen that I just don’t understand and make me lower my Palmetto Flag just a little.  I’ve already discussed the representative that shouted at President Obama during his first State of the Union address, yet I’ve never mentioned former governor Mark Sanford.

Mark Sanford was governor from 2003-2011.  He was married and has 4 boys.  In June 2009, after telling his staff he was going camping, the governor disappeared.  Like he wasn’t answering phone calls from staff and didn’t call his boys on Father’s Day disappeared.  NO ONE could get in touch with him.  He was missing for a total of 6 days.  I distinctly remember telling my co-workers, former military men, that he was with a woman.  They looked at me like I was crazy.  A few days later, it came out the governor was in Argentina with his mistress.  It also came out that Sanford used state funds to visit the other woman.  The fallout included the governor stepping down from his presidential role of the Republican Governors Association, but he had no desire to step down from his gubernatorial post.  His wife left him and their divorce was final the next year.  He is currently engaged to his former mistress.  And he was just (re-)elected to the US House of Representatives in a special election earlier this week.

I say all of this to say I might be wrong.  If you remember my post from last week, I stated that the latest episode of “Scandal” was not real life.  Apparently you can have an affair for years, lie about your whereabouts for a week, admit to using state funds to pay for your adulteress excursions, divorce your wife, run for re-election, and win.  So maybe mistresses and adulterers stay winning after all.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

The Show I Don’t Talk About

There’s a television show that comes on a major network during primetime.  A Black woman is the star.  It’s an hour long.  It’s filled with things that titillate the senses nowadays-drama, sex, murder, mystery, and intrigue.   No, I’m not talking about “Scandal”.  I’m talking about “Deception”, the new NBC drama starring Meagan Good.  If you’ve read my blog before (or know me IRL), you probably know that I have typed (and said) I don’t like her and her roles .  I’ve felt she’s been typecast pretty much her entire career.  (Plus, I haven’t really liked her since “Eve’s Bayou”.)  The fact that I continually watch this show must mean that my heart of ice is slowly melting when it comes to Ms. Good…right???

When I first heard about “Deception”, I was thinking, “Great. Another ‘Scandal’. And NBC must have been holding on to it to see how Shonda’s new show was going to work out.”  I can honestly say that I have been watching “Deception” on a regular basis and keeping up with it.  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first, but I think I like it.

While I, and most of America, focus on “Scandal” and what a dynamic show it is, little credence is given to “Deception”.  For those of you that are unaware, Meagan Good plays a cop who goes undercover with the family her mother used to work for when their oldest daughter and her best friend, Vivian, is murdered.  After being gone for 15 years, Meagan’s character, Joanna, comes to pay her respects and re-connect with the family.  Of course, her real motive is to find out who killed Vivian.

To be honest, the show does have a number of similarities with “Scandal”.  It also has a lot of differences.  At the end of the day, I need to be a person of my word and support this show, which I am.  But let me tell you WHY I (and you all should) support and watch this show.   I make it no secret that we need quality television showing women (especially Black women) in a positive light, i.e. not fighting, cursing somebody out, being uneducated, and wrecking havoc in somebody’s life.  This show fits the bill.  Joanna is a cop, is educated, and is actually a likeable character.   Also, just as we should not be in competition with each other, we also should not pit our stars against each other.   Kerry Washington tweeted Good and wished her success on her new show.

I’ve always been a fan of and live by the motto “support a Black business”.  And if these two great shows with Black ladies as the leading star aren’t a black business, I don’t know what is.  I know Black Hollywood, and Black people in general, talk about how it’s hard to get quality acting roles, let alone starring roles, for Blacks.  Here, not only do we have two awesome, beautiful, and talented ladies as the stars, they have great Black men (Columbus Short and Laz Alonso) as their co-stars.  So, don’t call me a hypocrite.  I’m growing and maturing and EVOLVING… (Look at the name of this site again.)  At the end of the day, if I am to be a role model to the lives I touch, I have to practice what I preach.  And if I want my future children and the children I currently work with to support one another and to lend a helping hand, I have to do the same thing.  If you’re not watching “Deception”, I suggest you start.  And if you’re like me and don’t always stay up late during the week, you can catch up On Demand.  If you’re a night owl, tune in on Monday nights to NBC at 10 o’clock to see Joanna get one step closer to finding out who killed Vivian.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.