Friday, January 14, 2011

BET gets a 2nd chance with 'The Game'

When we last left our motley crew of fictitious NFL footballers and the women who love them, they had been unceremoniously kicked to the curb by The CW. The network claimed they were moving to a long-form drama format in which The Game wouldn't fit -- no doubt coincidentally, it being the last "black" show on the channel. Fans launched an impressive online campaign to save the series, and creator Mara Brock Akil even changed the show to a drama-filled hour to fit in with The CW's new format. But no dice -- by 2009 the show was off the air, the characters seemingly left in syndication purgatory forever.

However an unlikely rescuer came in the form of BET. The network swooped in shortly after it was canceled by The CW, promising the show would go on, and leaving die hard fans both relieved and worried. It was great to know that our favorite show was going to hang around for a few more episodes, but BET? Not exactly the shining emblem of quality TV.

Lucky for BET, their big gamble paid off. After promoting the show for what felt like years, a record 7.7 million viewers tuned in for the Tuesday premiere. That's BET's second-biggest audience ever, behind only the 2009 BET Awards. It also set a record as the biggest ad-supported scripted series premier in cable history.

Take these numbers into consideration with The Game's average audience on The CW, around 2 million, and the jump is even more notable. In a period of two years the series found another 5 million viewers, pointing to one very obvious fact -- black America is starved for good TV.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Not surprised - Lil' Wayne only likes light-skinned chicks

Lil' Wayne's back in the hot seat. The lyrics from his new single "Right Above" have pissed off some of his fans, a few of whom are vowing to boycott the artist.

In the song Lil' Wayne rhymes "beautiful black woman, I bet that b*tch look better red." That would have been enough to elicit some eye rolls, but insult got added to injury when a female fan shared an alleged incident she experienced with the rapper. The self-described dark-skinned fan took to gossip website Bossip, claiming that when she asked the rapper why he would use the above lyric when his daughter is brown-skinned, Lil' Wayne replied "my daughter is a dark skinned millionaire, that's the difference between her and you." He then supposedly went on to say that he made sure that all his other baby mommas were light-skinned.

Whether or not this story is true, it doesn't exactly seem far-fetched. This just in from Captain Obvious: rappers show preference to light-skinned women. It appears to be some universal law applied to all up and coming rappers' contracts. Just take a look at the music video chronology of the average aspiring hip hop star: the first debut video takes place on the block. They've got people from the hood they grew up with, average folk dancing in a street party with some caddies and broads from the local strip club. A few videos and maybe an album later, you've got the club video -- glossy, celebrity friends, video girls who have gotten noticeably more attractive and better dressed, not to mention lighter skinned.

Read more at The Grio!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kim Kardashian: friend to black people

I, like most women (and perhaps most people), didn't care for Kim Kardashian when she first made her debut on the celebutant scene. If your biggest claim to fame is having a big ass and making a sex tape with Ray J, that much does not a celebrity make.

Regardless of her obvious shortcomings, Kim Kardashian's stuck around our collective public perception like a bad STD. And though it'd be great to take a neat little pill and pretend it was a one-night-only ordeal, I've come to the slow sad recognition that little Kimmie may just be here to stay. So if she's going to hang around black people, maybe we should at least start claiming her? Thus, in the grand tradition of Dave Chappelle's "race draft", here are a few reasons why we should consider drafting Kim Kardashian.

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