“What is it about Olivia Pope that makes her a role model to today’s [black] woman?” from What a Great Story Line part one
It was the above quoted question that began a hail storm of commentary and debate recently. Upon reading part one of this two-part series several people weighed in on the topic, which gave me much insight for the follow-up to my previous post.
There was a time not too long ago when “Girl Melanie” was one of our favorite characters to love to hate. The hit show “The Game” derived as a spin-off from “Girlfriends”(which was created by Mara Brock Akil and executively produced by Kelsey Grammar which was one of the highest rated African-American women ages 18-24 during its eight year run) initially debuted as a show about a medical school student and her rookie football player boyfriend. Throughout the first few seasons we watched Melanie (and the other women of The Game, Tasha Mack and Kelly Pitts ) evolve into characters we all at some point could relate to. We watched them make sacrifices for the men they loved, all while still taking care of themselves and each other.