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So, I missed the 8pm showing of Black in America 2. I was out doing my part to bring the truth, the light, and the American way to minorities at a major university.
Yes, Panama is a teacher on the side.
As I currently sit and watch the last episode, I must admit, though its depressing as all hell, BiA2 has done some good. And you know how much I love to highlight the good, great, and Beyonce things that exist in this world. I mean, what the world needs now, is love, sweet love, that’s the only thing that there’s just to little of.
So, let’s look at some of the positive things about Black in America 2.
1) More Black people are on TV
It’s like a Tyler Perry movie, except I’m not cringing every 10 seconds because a 6’5″ man dresses as a woman is on screen wearing a muumuu. That alone is a win. Thank you CNN…
2) Since the show is really for white people, it’s safe to assume that white people that watch will give Black people jobs
I mean with such indepth and striking analysis of the Black condition, white people can’t help but want us to succeed right? Yay! I mean that’s great for the economy, world religions, and Beyonce.
3) Get to see folks on the front lines
We so rarey get the opportunity to see who’s out there trying to make a difference that it is good to see and hear stories about people who, even if its a bit misguided or incomplete, are still doing more than those of us who’s contribution extends to merely watching Black in America.
4) Soledad is making out like a mothertrucking champ
Black in America, Latino in America..she’s a nonstop snowball of investigative journalism. My comments aside, I applaud her for getting stuff like this greenlighted, even if I don’t think they have the resources to really tackle anything. CNN is the Defensive Back of doing race based investigative reporting. But at least somebody’s doing it. Kudos to Soledad.
5) A chick with the name Soledad is on air
I always liked that name. And because of George Jackson it comes across as a revolutionary name. Much better than Crispus, which by all accounts means, “he who gets shot first”.
6) The Black upper class is given the opportunity to show off and air out some grievances
Most of us couldn’t care less about the plight of the upper crust, however, they still have a plight so in some ways, its good that they get the opportunity to get on TV and say, “its hard out here for me because white people still think I’m just a ninja. Why for come they don’t realize that I’m rich and I’m wearing my clothes this way because I’m ironic?” Point is, everybody has a story and everybody deserves the chance to tell it. Like our ex-con friend from BiA2: Part 2 who from what I can tell…got popped DURING THE SHOW and is going back to jail???
7) Lots of good advertising for some Black businesses
Nobody’s talking about it really, but I kind of feel like some of these segments (MLT, Black Marriage) were nothing more than long ass paid advertisements. But Black business is just that, business, and needs customers. So if BiA2 just added a few more folks to their client or consumer list, well, great. Even if more folks applying (can you even apply for it?) to MLT would only serve to make the program seem more exclusive.
8) Got black people talking and congregating, without a DJ present
Very few things get black people that read talking about relevant issues. And even less keep us doing it outside of the club. Definitely a positive thing.
So in conclusion, CNN, Panama Jackson, and Wu-Tang Clan are for the children.
So my people, what good do you think comes from series like Black in America 2, if anything?
Or am I just blowing smoke?
Puff puff pass.
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3