Watching Tv While Black – The Empire Scandal

Ok I get it. The Cosby show is no longer on television. Serious allegations are swirling around someone many considered the nations dad. Positive representation of African Americans are almost non-existent. The Oscars are too white according to most media outlets and Iggy Azalea and Macklemore are stealing Hip Hop. OK I GET IT!!

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The truth of the matter is that all forms of media are influential and have an effect on our psyches. With that being said, I have a confession to make.

Hello ….My name is Precise and I watch Scandal and Empire. 

Now that I have confessed to the world one of my deepest darkest secrets allow me to say that even though I watch these shows I am STILL a BLACK MAN and an Awesome guy.

For some reason there is a divide in our community. Those who label themselves “conscious” have a total disdain for these telvision shows and feel like they are setting black people back 100’s of years.

Many black men have decided that these shows are for women, and if a man watches them his masculinity is questionable.

WTF?

Look…some of you take yourselves much to seriously. I agree that the portrayal of black people on television leaves a lot to be desired. Around the world we are viewed a specific way because of what is being fed through the media. It is important for us to take responsibility with regards to this.

Shonda Rhimes and Lee Daniels have taken some of this responsibility and boldly share a narrative of our lives that is complex and interesting.

I don’t know about you but I like to peel back the layers of who we are. It’s interesting and our experience extends past the history of slavery and civil rights.

We all have complexities and quirks. Just because I’m black doesn’t mean I should have to watch Eyes On The Prize  and Hidden Colors Vol 1, 2 and 3 all the time.

I like watching television with my 5k friends on Fb and sharing reactions in my status. I don’t post “spoilers” contrary to what some people (my sister) may think. Wendsday and Thursday nights are cool. It gives us the opportunity to come together and share something, even if it’s just a television show.

Precise

What do you think about Empire and Scandal? Do you feel these shows are horrible or great? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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SCANDAL-LESS Thursday – First Lady – Mellie – Stepford Wife – Bellamy Young

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Let me ask you a question. How many of you would knowingly allow your spouse to engage in an extra marital affair? Ok..Another question for you…How many of you would stay in a marriage when it is clear that you do not love your spouse? Ok here is another question…What do Jaccquline Onasis Kennedy and Mellie Grant have in common?

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Bellamy Young is the extremely talented actress who plays the wife of Fitzgerald Grant on the hit ABC television show SCANDAL. Her pedigree is that of an Ivy Leaguer. She holds 2 degrees from Yale. She has a degree in English and a degree in theater studies. She followed her passion for the theatre and parlayed it into roles along side Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames. If we look at the surface of her upbringing if would not be a stretch to say that she could have been easily groomed to be a First Lady. 

Bellamy provides different levels to the character of Mellie. Mellie is the first lady of the United States who was essentially married off to Fitz because of the relationship he had with Fitz’s father. It was an arranged marriage and Mellie has been groomed for this all of her life. She does an amazing job with the press and the American people, but guess what….I CAN’T STAND MELLIE!!!

I want to sympathize with this woman who on the surface has her husbands back and is on the tail end of this love triangle. She has a child thinking it would bring her and her husband closer together, but Fitz is looking for the mysteries of the universe between Olivia magical thighs. 

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That should be enough for me to feel for her. It doesn’t feel good to be cheated on and its being flaunted in your face…dang…I should feel sorry for this woman…but I don’t. 

Mellie sees this as part of the design. She helped conspire to get Fitz in Office and she loves being the First Lady. She wishes to keep this status and has her own aspirations of becoming President. It’s these aspirations and attitude that cause her to do some bone headed stuff. Im always left looking at Mellie like…Dang…you get on my nerves.

Mellie is robotic in her approach at times its as though she does not have any feelings. She outed her husband on national Tv and told the world he was having an affair. She is looking for sympathy from the American people. I would assume from the media level that she receives this sympathy. However the viewer gets to see this conniving and callous woman up close and personal. We see that she really does not love her husband. We know that she has other intentions. I think this is why people root for Olivia so much. 

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There are moments when you can see glimpses of some type of connection between Mellie and Fitz. The moment right before he gets shot she spills her heart out to him and the very last scene of last season Fitz after being jilted by his mistress. 

So this is what I think is going happen. I think Mellie takes Fitz back under the condition that he tells the American public that he has been sleeping with a man. Then Mellie Divorces him and makes her run for the presidency. She wins the presidency and marries Olivias ex beau Edison and makes him First Man. Yeah…that could happen. But maybe not…LOL!!

I asked a series of questions at the beginning of this post answer them for me. Im curious to know your thoughts.

Do you feel sorry for Mellie? What do you like about her? What don’t you like about her. I want to know. Leave a comment, like and share. 🙂

-Precise

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SCANDAL-LESS Thursday – Olivia – Huck – Fitz – Mellie – Cyrus

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I know for a fact that I am not the only one looking forward to seeing the discussion that Olivia will have with her father in the back of that limo. But uhhhh…We gotta wait. For the record I am not one who watches very much TV; however Thursday night is a good night to turn on the television and chat it up with my fellow Scandal fans on Facebook. I love doing the commentary as much as watching the show. It’s like sitting in the living room watching television with 4000 of your closest family members. I have a lot of friends….HA!….Anyway…what do I do on Thursdays now?

I was having a conversation with a close friend. We were discussing this enormous void (not really) that Shonda has placed in our lives for the next 4 months. WHAT IS WE GON DO?!

We came to the conclusion that we can do a few things. We will provide the world with a list of what you can do during this Scandal hiatus aaaaaaaand we will provide you with some cool background on some of the characters. So…There you have it. Scandal-Less Thursdays is in effect…LETS GO!!!

-Precise

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Scandal….Fitz HAS GONE MAD!!!

Ok…It’s been a while since I posted about Scandal and my deduction was only partially right. Huck DID NOT shoot Fitz…however it wasn’t Hollis Doyle as I suspected. It was the Judge (Verna Thornton)….DUN DUN DUN!!

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The past few weeks have been a roller coaster  Fitz wakes up out of a coma just as the vice president and Hollis are making a play for the White House. Then he finds out that Verna tried to have him killed and that he was only president because his inner circle including his mistress Olivia Pope fixed the election for him. So as a result of this he kills Verna, reconciles with his wife, dumps Olivia and becomes an alcoholic. WHOA!

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Fast forward 6 months and Fitz doesn’t trust anyone, he is ignoring his advisor Cyrus, Americans have been taken hostage and he is using his friend to stalk his ex-mistress with government resources.

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 Yeah…The president has officially gone crazy

Of course Olivia is heartbroken in the midst of all of this. She turns down a proposal from Edison thinking Fitz is going to divorce his wife for her. Yeah…that didn’t happen. Olivia is such a high powered character who still succumbs to the quest for love. Ahhh…. Love.

Part of me wants to feel sympathy for Olivia. Another part of me is saying “That’s what she gets.”  No matter how much they make me want to hate the president’s wife Mellie the fact never escapes me that Mellie is his wife. Olivia is officially the side-chick and she knows it for sure now.

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What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel sorry for Olivia? Like and Leave a comment. I’m curious to know what you think.

-Precise

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