Reality TV

  • Reality TV and Domestic Violence

    Over the past few weeks, the issue of domestic violence and women of color has been all over the news. Most recently, Evelyn Lozada from VH1’s “Basketball Wives” has been the center of the gossip blogs, cable news shows and radio talkshow discussions. She just split from new husband, NFL-baller Chad Johnson, after a physical altercation that lead to her calling the police for her safety. Everyone had an opinion about the incident between the two reality tv stars but one thing is true no matter how you feel about Evelyn or Chad, nothing can justify someone being physically battered or abused. It doesn’t matter how heated the argument becomes, there is never a justifiable reason to place hands on anyone – male or female. Evelyn’s track record over the years as a hothead with a serious anger management problem doesn’t warrant her getting abused by her man. She does however have to own up to her own physical abuse of other women which is also unnecessary and unacceptable. All in all, the need for individuals to place hands on another person leads me to believe that there is a basic communication issue and a lack of knowing how to properly express themselves.

    It’s like those people you know who curse all the time. They use curse words because they don’t know how to say what they mean in a mature, adult manner. Another recent domestic violence episode that is currently playing itself out on reality tv is with K. Michelle of the VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”. She alleges that her ex-man Memphitz physically abused her during their relationship. Unfortunately, one of her fellow castmembers – Rasheeda doesn’t believe her as she is close friends with Memphitz and his new wife Toya – the ex-wife of Lil’ Wayne. All I can say is that it’s sad that any woman has to prove whether or not a man put his hands on her. About 99% of women are not going to make up a lie about someone abusing them. It’s embarrassing, humiliating, sad and a very depressing situation for any woman to undergo. That 1% that would lie about the issue are very rare and have deep psychological issues.

    All in all, I want to express myself by saying that it is never okay for a woman or man to be abused by their partner. If you have been abused or suspect that someone close to you is being abused by their partner, please step forward and tell someone.

    August 21, 2012 • Uncategorized • Views: 1134

  • Sweet Tea: Is the “Chad and Ev” Reality Show Cancelled?

    After news of Chad Johnson’s arrest and release from jail, there have been numerous rumors surrounding the fate of the newlywed couple’s reality show on VH1 – “Chad and Ev” which was set to air in September. Looks like the show has been cancelled although many people believe the cancellation rumors are just a way to fuel interest in the upcoming show. This is going to be an interesting thing to see what the network does with the show now that the couple is on the outs. Chad recently lost his spot on the Miami Dolphins, so this domestic situation is definitely not a laughing matter. I believe they got into a heated argument and things elevated to a level they should not have but in no way do I think they did this for publicity. Only time will tell what will happen. If they go forward with the show, would you watch it? If so, why?

    August 14, 2012 • Sweet Tea • Views: 585

  • Sweet Tea: Evelyn Lozada Shows Off Behind the Scenes Promo Shots for VH1’s “Ev & Ocho” Reality Show

    So now that Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco have officially tied the knot, we can all get ready to watch the drama leading up to their nuptials unfold on reality television with the September launch of their VH1 reality show – “Ev & Ocho”. Even though Evelyn has vowed to tone down her violent, fiesty temper, I’m sure we’ll see more than our fair share of heated moments as the Puerto Rican spitfire works to make her special day perfect. Here are some behind the scenes shots from the newlyweds promo photo shoot. Enjoy!


    July 19, 2012 • Sweet Tea • Views: 747

  • Sweet Tea: Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn Lozada Got Hitched!

    Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn Lozada are officially husband and wife. The couple got “hitched” on July 4th in Miami in front of hundreds of guests including several NFL ballers and reality TV stars. The wedding was filmed for the couple’s upcoming reality show Ev and Ocho which will be airing on VH1 in September. Check out a few pics that the couple tweeted on their special day.



    July 5, 2012 • Sweet Tea • Views: 5931

  • Sweet Tea: Letter to Atlanta – Please Stop Now!

    Dear Atlanta,

    You are known as the Jewel of the South. The Black Mecca. Black Hollywood. The Promise Land. You are also becoming known as the city where cheap reality shows are mass-produced and fed to the public in sickening doses that have everyone feeling queasy. It all started with the Real Housewives of Atlanta. The angry black woman without a man and way too many designer bags became the stereotype that prevailed because of that show. Next is Love and Hip Hop Atlanta which blows RHOA out of the water with its ghetto protrayals of women in the world of hip hop. Come on, really? Is that what women in the hip hop game have been relegated to? Girlfriends, mistresses, baby mamas, wanna-be rappers and all out prostitutes? What about the publicists, promoters, journalists, producers, sound engineers, writers, record label execs, marketing execs, makeup artists and stylists who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our favorite hip hop acts on their grind?

    Now, we have The Real Mistresses of Atlanta. OMG! Now this is taking things to a new low. In no way should Atlanta be the city where mistresses are applauded and placed on a pedastal for young girls to emulate. In the past, mistresses were women who lived in the shadows and for good reason. They were cheap, immoral ladies who didn’t care about the lives they were destroying. I am so sad to see that you are allowing your beautiful city to be painted as a den of inequity. If I was living somewhere else and kept watching these shows, Atlanta would be the last place I would want to go with its never-ending stream of groupie chicks, strippers, porn girls and mistresses running the streets. What makes this show even more despicable is that they show married men tricking off their money on these girls. How awful is that?

    I think the answer to this issue is to boycott these shows until the networks realize that they can’t keep degrading audiences and Atlanta with these negative protrayals.


    Linda Ripoll

    June 27, 2012 • Sweet Tea • Views: 1068