Published on August 5th, 2009 | by thevyne0
Blacks on Reality TV: Where's The Diversity?
By Kailei Richardson
When I read on Target Market News that it wasn’t CNN’s “Black in America 2” that took the #1 spot of black households last week but rather it was BET’s “Tiny & Toya,” I was more than heated! Maybe it was my disconcertion with BET and/or the lack of diverse images of Black Americans on television; or maybe it’s the unfortunate reality that though the most powerful couple in the United States is educated and Black, the media continues to perpetuate the stereotypes.
So why is it that shows like Tiny & Toya, Flava of Love, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta receive higher ratings than CNN’s “Black in America 2,” TV One’s “Unsung,” or former sitcom “Girlfriends”? Is it that less stereotypical images of blacks are not considered compelling TV? Or is it that the demand for more positive images is just not there? Perhaps Centric’s upcoming Keeping Up With the Jonses and some of OWN‘s programming will generate more ratings than its predecessors, but only time will tell. In the meantime, tell us what you think!