What a Great Story Line..part deaux

“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.

Tyler-Perry-s-The-Family-that-Preys-cole-hauser-12134499-1529-1024There 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. derwin melanie 
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What a Great Story Line…part one

I remember growing up I wanted to be three things, a Huxtable, from Cabrini Green and a student at Hillman College. (Judge Not, less ye be judged first!) I’m sure the wanting to be from Cabrini Green through most of you for a loop, but it will all make sense momentarily. As a young girl I remember being exposed to positive and influential women of color. Women who even though they were fictional characters (the only “reality” television back then was MTV’s Real World) I wanted to be like when I grew up.

Claire Huxtable the ideal African-American woman. A Mother, Wife and Career Woman

Claire Huxtable the ideal African-American woman. A Mother, Wife and Career Woman

Claire Huxtable for starters,  a wife, a mother of five and a lawyer. She was able to balance a full-time career, full-time parenting and her duties as a wife all while being extremely fashionable at the same time. Although we never actually saw them “argue” the Huxtables maintained a healthy marriage, open dialogue between themselves and their children, and never strayed from morals and values. Her character was well written and brilliantly portrayed by Phylicia Rashaad who even now is the upper echelon of what a beautiful black woman should be. Who wouldn’t want to be a Huxtable and have a mother like Claire? Continue reading