Black Entertainment : Are Black Shows Needed?

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  1. medusanegrita

    medusanegrita Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I just finished up another quiz on black TV shows, and I noticed that over 80% of the I looked up are now canceled or defunct.

    Currently, we have 'The Game' and 'Divorce Court' and 'Judge Joe Brown.' I never got a chance to see 'The Wire' but I heard it was good. I heard it is also canceled.

    I read that part of the reasons there is less black shows is because of the the merger of UPN and the WB into the CW network. WB and the UPN had a lotta black shows, but as usual they weren't without their criticism from black folks :rolleyes:
    The UPN was dubbed 'Us People's Network' and the WB was dubbed 'We Brothers' or something like that for their penchant of jive and comedy shows. But I enjoyed many of those shows.

    Now many networks are not considering all or predominately black shows because many of the mainstream shows have diversified and includes a lot of black characters. But to me, they are still 'white shows' with a couple of darker faces thrown in. The top rated shows 'Gossip Girl' and 'Smallville' and 'The Vampire Diaries' have no black faces on the regular, and very few during the season.

    I enjoy 'The Game' although I haven't watched it in months. But I still miss a lot of old shows like New York Undercover (which I think jumped shark when they added Anthony Lapaglia), Living Single, Soul Train and a few others.

    Some were stupid and over the top, or just seem to be a vehicle for white folks to play in - such as The Wayans Brother Show or the Hughley. They weren't that funny and I consider them eceptions.

    So do you think black shows are still needed? Or do the mainstream shows suffice with enough or more black people?
     
  2. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    we got plenty "black" shows but are they showing amos and andy, or pride and dignity?

    Back in the 60s ans 70s
    we had;
    The Jackson 5 had a varietyshow,
    Bill Cosby had a variety show,
    Dr John Henric Clarke, had a weeklt series of lectures on African history, on PBS
    Soul, with Ellis Hazlip;
    hallmarked Afrocentric artists like; PharoahSanders
    Dr Barbara Annn Teer of the National Black theater
    Amiri Barracka
    the Last Poets
    Sonia Sanchez
    Nikki Giovanni

    there was Black Journal
    that in the eraly 70s hosted all Black leaders at the time , even Elijah Muhammed before he passed.
    Like it Is, was not under the gun as it has been now since the 80s

    Black movies ,and films about racism were regularly on television like;
    A Raisin in the Sun
    Porgy and Bess
    Nothing but a Man
    a Man called Adam
    Anna Lucasta
    The Cool World
    Buck and the Preacher

    and the Negro Ensemble Comany,
    Alvin Ailey

    were on television almost once every other month

    But what was really needed was for us to have bid for those jive, 2-2 and 4-3 and 11-2 channels on HDTV,
    as well as us owning atleast 8 out of 400 channels on cable
     
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    I would say yes we do need more good black shows and sitcoms to enjoy
    then what we see today !
    by the way I have the complete series of the WIRE and yes it was really good
    I have a collection of good old T.v sitcoms that was on back in the days

    we need to corner the market and bring these good shows back
    start new ones that have some morals and common sense to them
    shows without the cross dressing / without the stupidity humor / not so funny
    stuff and bring in educational / Historical and meaningful stuff .
     
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    yes, I believe that black shows are still needed today since we are exposed to tv. it helps to see 'our culture'.

    When you said, "But to me, they are still 'white shows' with a couple of darker faces thrown in."

    i believe this too. I feel like we are going back to that as it was in the old days, more and more.

    There are black shows that I think demean us and then there are shows that promote self integrity, in my opinion. but still we need to see something.
     
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    we need to corner the market and bring these good shows back
    start new ones that have some morals and common sense to them
    shows without the cross dressing / without the stupidity humor / not so funny
    stuff and bring in educational / Historical and meaningful stuff .



    Words of Wisdom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I feel like we are going back to that as it was in the old days, more and more.

    They are serious and strategic about reversing the clock, in both television and movies and "Blamoozled" as ugly and disturbingly carthatic it was to watch that movie,

    was actually a prophetic in it's message
     
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    I couldn't agree more ..........
     
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    There are just a few Black shows still running, Although the number is low.
    I can only think of two right now. (Thats so Raven, Lincoln Heights)
    Now a days there are token spots for us all over the genre,
    but nothing of us alone. Unless you count BET....
     
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    Reminds me of our congress and senate.:em2300:
     
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