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.

Who Are Our Leaders?

This weekend, I once again had the pleasure of attending the “America I Am” exhibit.   I enjoyed viewing the contributions of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, and so many others.  I was excited to view things that I had missed before and review items that I saw on my first visit.  What brought the most angst to me during this 2nd attendance was naming who are our current leaders in Black America.  I couldn’t think of any. 

Yes, we do have Rev. Al Sharpton, but quietly (or not so quietly since I’m telling you guys), I’m not a huge fan.  I feel like he’s not effective.  We also have Tavis Smiley.  Kudos to him for even putting this project together.  But I don’t think he’s got the mass appeal that MLK or Malcolm had.  And of course we have President Obama.  But to me, he’s a leader who happens to be Black, not a leader for Black America.  And trust me, there’s a difference. 

We have Black politicians who have made their mark, such as Harold Ford, Jr., Jesse Jackson, Jr., Carol Moseley-Braun, and others, but it’s time that people from the new generation start stepping up.  And let’s face it-the aforementioned people (Douglass, Tubman, King, and X) didn’t run for any office; they didn’t speak from a Senate floor; they didn’t have their name on any ballots.  They saw a need, an injustice, something that was wrong and went about making it right.  Who’s doing that now?

Maybe I’m missing something.  Maybe we don’t need any leaders in Black America.  Maybe everything is copacetic with Black people and everything is fine in our worlds.  Or maybe we’re still dealing with issues of drugs, abuse, poverty, and lack of education.

What do you guys think?  Is there a need for leaders in Black America in 2011?  Or is it up to each family or community to make due with what they have?  Is there any way we can make things better for people?  There’s always going to be dissension, unfortunately, but how do we rise above it?  Maybe I should just start a coalition of trying to get my friends together and we can start working on making a difference in our communities and see how we can do something on a larger scale.  Or maybe I should just be content that I’m doing ok, and not worry about anyone else.  But when I look at my community or watch the news or read the paper, I know that not all of us are receiving the support that we need.  And that saddens me.  Sometimes we need some help, as opposed to someone always trying to bring us down. 

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.