The Loudmouth Protestant

May 21, 2009

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye, Part Deux









First “Girlfriends” now this. “The Game” has officially been cancelled from the fall lineup on the CW Network. So has ‘Everyone Hates Chris.”  I am actually a little surprised because I really did expect them to keep “The Game.” Why? Well, I believed that the CW would recognize the importance of not white-washing their network. In an age when black people are hard-pressed to find quality programming on television, “The Game” and ‘Everybody Hates Chris” to a lesser extent was our last hope. And now we’ve got nothing.

So instead of renewing “The Game” and accepting Mara Brock Akil’s pitch to make it a one-hour dramedy, we get more of the same drivel. More rich white people, more wannabe models, more emo’d out white people from the northeast, more oversexed white people on the West Coast, more white people chasing ghosts in the middle of nowhere, more white people playing superheroes, more opportunities for white people to see themselves as multi-dimensional while the only thing black households can depend on in terms of seeing an image of themselves cast on television is catty and fake beougeosie black people a la “Harlem Heights”, ignorant young black people a la “College Hill”, country black people a la “House of Payne”, cross-dressing black people–ok, it’s just one oddly dressed man–a la “Meet the Browns”, half-naked black people a la every music video and enslaved black people a la the NBA, NFL and to a lesser extent, the MLB.

Now please don’t get me wrong, my breakdown of the programming on the CW network is not meant to suggest covert prejudice, but to suggest that the CW network does well at depicting the many faces of white America while giving black America short shrift. We exist! Sure, “The Game” and “Everybody Hates Chris” weren’t meant to serve as the perfect depiction of black America. They both have their flaws, but like the human family, it made sense. “Everybody Hates Chris” was a comical depiction of a middle-class family in Brooklyn in the 80s, think about the family that lived a couple of blocks away from the Cosbys. “The Game” was a comical and dramatic depiction of the lives of young NFL players, their significant others, agents and their families. Those two shows were created by educated, accomplished black people–something for our young, black screenwriters, actors, and actresses to look up to and aspire to. And now, we’ve got nothing. Let’s not forget to mention this puts more than a handful of black actors out of work.

Not to discount Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” which I do watch from time to time, but after spending so many years caught up in “The Game” and the lives of those characters, I am just hurt that it didn’t get one more chance if for no other reason then to add color to the palette. And come to think of it, this is beyond a black thing because yet and still there are no shows that feature main characters of color, except as supporting roles to white ones. Nelly Yuki, Isabel Coates and Penelope Shafai as Blair’s United Colors of Benetton underlings on “Gossip Girl”  don’t count. Dixon Wilson as the black adopted child of the star family of 90210 doesn’t count. Quentin the cocky basketball player and Skills the BFF from “One Tree Hill” don’t count. They are good tries, but most black people live in worlds where they are the main character and the supporting roles are played by everyone else…Think president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Just saying…

I could go on for days about this but then I wouldn’t get any real work done. But I did this to show my great dissapointment in the CW network. I know it’s all about advertising revenue and what is profitable, but for once I wish you weren’t lead by the dollar signs in your eyes and more by the beat of your heart. Better luck next time… I guess we can all pray that another network picks up “The Game”, maybe we can start a petition for that.

And to the casts of both “Everybody Hates Chris” and “The Game” I pray you’ll all find shows even better than the ones that you are leaving that will stretch you to new levels as actors. This is just the beginning…


April 8, 2009

Don’t Cancel “The Game” Petition

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The wheels are getting squeaky and methinks that CW will get the point this time around. Thanks to Erie for providing this petition link. Please sign the petition to stop “The Game” from getting cancelled

Also thanks to Loyalfan, you can e-mail CW at with “Don’t Cancel The Game” in the subject line. 

Let’s let our voices be heard on the matter.

My thoughts on CW wanting to cancel “The Game”

February 16, 2008

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

A few days ago I lost a close friend. We had been friends for the last five years. She was there for me through thick and thin, she was there for through everything. Without warning she was taken from me at the hands of someone who was taking her for granted. Now I am without her and I will miss her dearly. She was beautiful, intelligent, business-savvy, sassy, a free-spirit, bourgeois yet a street-fighter, a hopeless romantic, incredibly stylish, outspoken, crazy, sexy, cool… She was just an incredible woman and now I have to live with the fact that she was taken away from me too soon. It is hard for a woman to find a role model nowadays that she can relate to and now mine has been taken away from me at the hands of a merciless predator.

There were so many things she wanted to accomplish. Books she wanted to publish, a Tapas Bar that was flourishing, an album release and most importantly she was looking forward to spending the rest of her life with her one true love. Now she won’t get to see those things and neither will I. Oh death where is thy sting? Another one goes far too soon. To Girlfriends…


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