The TV show Marriage Boot Camp is suppose to show the positive affects therapy has on relationships and marriages. Instead, the Hip Hop edition of the show showcases how loyal the black women are and how disloyal their black male partners are to them.
This is not the only reality TV show that shows how dysfunctional black on black relationships can be. Arguably, all realty TV shows geared towards a Hip Hop audience showcases the disrespect and disloyalty black guys give to their loyal partners.
The cast of this season of Marriage Boot Camp Hip Hop Edition is:
Rapper Soulja Boy and Nia Riley, Waka Flocka and his wife Tammy Rivera, R&B singer Lil’Mo and her boxing husband Karl Dargan, Jessica Dime and her fiancé Shawne Williams, Lil Fizz and Tiffany Campbell.
Here is my take on the couples:
Soulja Boy and Nia Riley: Soulja Boy is extremely disrespectful to Nia on the show. He calls her names, insults her and yells at her. Nia is the daughter of the legendary producer Teddy Riley. Teddy is credited as the man that created the New Jack Swing sound in R&B and hip hop back in the late 80s. Nia, out of her loyalty to Soulja, stays with him. She has cried on the show several times after being disrespected by Soulja. Notice his name is BOY not MAN.
Waka Flocka and Tammy Rivera: Waka has been in the blogs many times for cheating on Tammy. Yet, out of her loyalty, she stays with him.
Lil Mo and Karl: Karl, like Waka, has been in the blogs for cheating on his wife. Lil Mo, out of her loyalty to Karl, has stayed with him. On the latest episode of the show, Karl was busted face timing a woman and telling her “say you love me.” Like Soulja, Karl disrespected Lil Mo by not only having the AUDACITY to cheat on camera, but also get irate with her for inquiring about his infidelity.
Jessica Dime and Shawne Williams: These two seem to be the most loving and mature of the couples. Jessica and Shawn have no scandals that have been in the blogs. The only thing some people are wondering is how a seemingly nice guy like Shawne would want to wife up an ex stripper?
Lil Fizz and Tiffany Campbell: These two dated and were briefly featured on another Hip Hop reality TV show. On Marriage Boot Camp, these two have very little chemistry. It seems evident that they are there for the check. Tiffany, however, does seems like the type of woman that knows what she wants. Fizz, like his name, seems like a lil boy trapped in a mans body. He seems detached and emotional unavailable and immature.
It seems that the guys love their partners (excluding Soulja Boy and Lil Fizz), so why is it so difficult to commit to someone you love? This seems to be a trend with black guys in other reality TV shows as well. Where did this dysfunction come from? I believe Hip Hop music has contributed to this.
In an article I wrote a while back, I quote activist Irritated Genie:
“Since NWA (Niggaz With Attitudes), the most common word used by black males to refer to a black woman is, b*tch. Who told them to do that? The whites have engineered through media for our women to be the tools used to oppress us. Go back to 1988 when Public Enemy had us saying we are family, we should fight for Africa and the black man and woman need to stay together. NWA came out and started attacking black women calling them b*tches and hoes.”
The late 80s is when Hip Hop music began to disrespect the black woman. Hip Hop started as being socially aware and party music. It quickly became music about sex, drugs and gangster lifestyle. White record executives have been said to be the blame for the new destructive messages. I argue that these record executives would not have succeeded if the black artist REFUSED to create such filth. Therefore, the white record executive is not completely to blame.
If you’re not that type of guy and you are reading this, this article is not about you. Unfortunately, however, it seems that the destructive Hip Hop messages have rubbed off on many. It’s even rubbed off on women to the point that some of them are aspiring strippers and some are advertising themselves on Instagram to the highest bidder. Some are even proud of being the side chick. Guess what? If the guys wouldn’t show so much love to those types of women, other women would not aspire to do the same.
Before anyone leaves a comment about the white TV shows that show dysfunctional white love, note that this site is dedicated to blackness. Before we point the finger at other issues, lets look at our own.
Marriage Boot Camp Hip Hip Edition is entertaining especially if you are interested in the seeing how Hip Hip music has played a role in the destruction of the black family unit.
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