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Monday, July 10, 2006

Project Beat Down

I have an idea for a new reality show!

Project Beat Down would tape and air domestic disputes, playground battles and catfights from urban communities across the country. Let me explain how I was inspired.

We recently moved from rural, southern Maryland to the DC metropolitan area. We found a marvelous apartment at an EXTREMELY affordable price. The only trade-off is that the neighborhood is just a bit ghetto in a public housing kind of way. I'm sure I sound just a bit bourgie (elitist) right now, but I'm not used to living in an environment where everyone has access to each other's business. When I was growing up we visited relatives in public housing, but we didn't stay very long.

My inspiration came yesterday as I sat at my computer by the window, which looks out onto a lush, green wooded area. A young woman from another building came walking up the path to confront a woman who lives in our building. Apparently woman #1 (I'll call her Starlisha) believes woman #2 (let's call her Internesha) is "entertaining" her man. It seems that Starlisha's man came home in the wee, small hours of the morning. When faced with the question of where he'd been, he implicated Internesha.

Starlisha came to get the details and cornered Internesha outside her door demanding to know why she let the man in her house at that time of night. Internesha offered that he knocked on her door to get the plate of food she promised him from a cookout that had occurred earlier that day.

"I got food in my house, bitch!" Starlisha replied and went on to tell Internesha that if she knows what's good for her, she won't let the man in her house again. The consequences would be painful. Internesha spent a good deal of the exchange defending herself against allegations of impropriety, attempting to assure Star that nothing adulterous had occurred, that she and Star's man were just friends. Star wasn't hearing any of it.

"I don't give a f*%k!!! Let him in your house again, bitch and see what happens."

My grandmother often says. "Ain't nothin' open that late, but legs and 7-11." Starlisha is apparently of the same belief.

The exchange could have ended there had Internesha kept her mouth shut, but she continued to defend herself against the allegations and justifying her friendship with Starlisha's man. That just made Star angrier. She commenced to calling Internesha every type of whore, bitch and slut she could think of. She commented that Internesha's mother must have been the very best whore for having raised such a good one. Eventually she let Internesha go into her house, but not before spitting on her and saying, "You're my bitch now! Everytime I see you, I'm gonna f*%k you up."

Though intrigued and slightly entertained by the incident, I couldn't help but think how sad it is that a woman would allow herself to look that ugly in public over a man that she obviously doesn't trust. Starlisha's real beef should be with her man, since he is the one with whom she apparently shares a commitment. It is his responsibility to hold up his end of any agreement that he and Starlisha have made. On the other hand, I completely understand Star's anger at Internesha's lack of respect. It's not that she doesn't know that the man is in a relationship with Star and the mere fact that they all live in the same complex is an invitation for disaster, but it's the stuff that makes for great reality TV!

While on the topic of TV, KUDOS to Star Jones for a graceful exit from the The View. They tried to make her look like an idiot but she turned them by telling the the truth before they could leak another story. Shady! And how shady is it that Brandy was a guest host last week and Joy made a comment that she couldn't keep up with the sistas and their weaves and wigs. Brandy did the best she could with her limited resources, but you know Star would have laid Joy low over that comment. To me it is a clear indication that all black women need to make a pact not to sit at that table.

Another controversy on the tube involves Stacey Dash's nude photos. It seems that some folks are upset at the Clueless star's baring it all. One radio personality stated that not only is she alienating fans, but she is eliminating her chances at getting the teen roles that have made her famous. I believe the fact that she just turned 40 is doing more to eliminate her from those teen roles than those photos. I like to trust that people know what they are doing. Stacey Dash is a grown ass woman. Let her pose nude while she still looks good enough to do it without being airbrushed to all-be-damned.

Finally, I will be in Manhattan on business July 20 and 21. If any New York-area bloggers want to get together for cocktails, let me know. Bloopty... where you at???

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