Shawty Lo, His Baby Mamas And Who We Should Really Be Mad At
3 months ago
Plenty of finger-pointing about this reality idea, but is it in the right direction?
We almost made it ya'll. We almost made it through the holidays in order to end 2012 on a decent note.
Sure, the hundreds of N-bombs in "Django Unchained" had a few of us riled up, but it's just a movie. Everybody's favorite rapper-to-point-the-finger-at, Chief Keef, dropped his debut album, but that's just music. Movies and music are forms of entertainment that either prove to be disposable or forgotten about in a few months.
The weekend before New Year's was looking to be a quiet one during which black people weren't going to have anything to be outraged about for making us look bad.
But then this leaked onto the Internet:
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It is being reported (code word: blogged and retweeted) that rapper Shawty Lo will be starring in a new reality show highlighting his "blended family."
The show "All My Babies' Mamas" (which we assume is a take on "All My Children") will center around Atlanta native Carlos "Shawty Lo" Walker and the 11 children that he has with 10 women. If that doesn't sound dramatic enough, the Oxygen channel show will also co-star his new girlfriend, a 19-year-old who is the same age as one of Lo's children. The show is reportedly being considered by Oxygen, which is also home to fine entertainment like "Bad Girls Club," "Tanisha Gets Married" and "Snapped."
Brief background on Shawty Lo. He is formerly one-fourth of the rap group D4L. A group who will not only go down in history as the originators of "snap music" but also as one of the groups that many claimed were "ruining Hip Hop" in the mid-2000s. If you need to jog your memory, they made that song "Laffy Taffy."
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That being said, Shawty Lo is no stranger to being accused of "setting black folks back" as Chris Rock would say.
Most of our first reactions have been between anger and embarrassment. And for good reason.
Believe it or not, the only example of a black family television show right now comes to us from Shawty Lo's neighbor and former rap rival T.I., who stars in "The Family Hustle." That's unless you count that cartoon "The Cleveland Show." Well then we guess there's "Are We There Yet?" on TBS. Oh yeah, can't forget about "The Soul Man" starring Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash. Anthony Anderson and Tempestt Bledsoe are raising kids on NBC's "Guys With Kids." Tyler Perry still has "For Better Or Worse," and "Meet The Browns" is now in syndication.