Last night’s show
In a word: damn.
I was so excited about last night’s episode of “Don’t Sleep.” We were able to speak about the progress black women are making. And, it was the first show that featured mostly women. We had Issa Rae doing her commentary. And, on the panel discussion, we had Vivica A. Fox and the “Conservative Black Chick” Crystal Wright.
I relished the opportunity to showcase two smart, accomplished, beautiful, strong black women on the panel. But, damn. The conversation immediately spiraled into a war of words and theatrics. A passionate discussion on issues between two strong black women is one thing, and it’s something I welcome on “Don’t Sleep”, but last night’s back-and-forth became personal and vitriolic. Damn.
I never want “Don’t Sleep” to be a platform to perpetuate the negative stereotypes about black people, especially black women. We must do better. Yes, things happen. Yes, people get passionate, and there’s an unpredictable nature to doing a panel discussion on a TV show. I know Vivica and Crystal are talented, smart black women. They had an opportunity to show the best of what black women have to offer but instead showed what many expect them to be.