Friday, September 5, 2014

Sisterhood of Hip-Hop

      You may be aware of me as a Hip-Hop and as woman but I was once a reality-TV-Show-Watcher. I know, as a viewer, that these shows are created with a specific idea and plan. Reality TV is less than reality. So of course, upon seeing ad's for the newest Oxygen TV Show "Sisterhood of Hip-Hop" I was disappointed, as a woman in Hip-Hop.
     If you keep up with the "wives" or "women of..." type reality shows is the a sort of forced unity. A majority of casts do not know each other prior to production. So, clearly this concept was created in a board room, maybe several board room and meetings with an idea in mind. A currently;y very popular reality show is Vh1's "Love and Hip-Hop" showcase hip-hop music starts and drama in their relationships. Now, that show is presumably fake and thrives off of the fighting and feuds between the cast of the show. The feuds and rivalries are real but are also fueled by the show. Other shows like The Real Housewives franchise and the Basketball Wives franchise put these women together and make it seem like they're a circle of friends, even if they aren't. There's an annual vacation they all go on together, there are always outings, dinners, and parties where drama erupts. It seems that it is contractual for these women to attend these events together; in reality most people would not spend time with someone they would not like.
This new show seems like it's going to represent a fabricated sisterhood in Hip-Hop. It is good to showcase positivity in realms that we expect negativity from, women being friends with each other and hip-hop. But something like that should be built and created in reality, not made up for a camera.

     Personally, I barely keep with television now-a-days. Especially reality shows, so even if I wanted to watch, I probably won't. I don't have many expectations for the show, you never know. It might blow up. It might be real, it might that outlet for the many young women in hip-hop across the world and those who I know personally.

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