True Female Ballers??

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: April 22, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — Despite having a brilliant, bold and beautiful, Black First Lady in Michelle Obama in the White House, over 1.6 million people watched VH-1’s new reality show “Basketball Wives” which premiered on April 11, a week before the NBA Playoffs.

Shockingly, “Basketball Wives” has a so-called All-Star cast which include Jennifer Williams (wife of Eric Williams), Evelyn Lozada (ex-fiancé of Antoine Walker), Mesha O’Neal (wife of Jermaine O’Neal), Royce Reed (mother of Dwight Howard’s son), Faith Rain (Udonis Haslem’s girlfriend) and Shaunie O’Neal (ex-wife of Shaquille O’Neal), who will also serve as an executive producer.

But after watching the Miami Heat get destroyed 1 06-77 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs in Boston on Tuesday night , one has to ask whether the airing of this show is causing some distractions for players like the Cavaliers’ Shaquille O’Neal, who actually tried to shut the show down.

Also, Miami’s Dwayne Wade, whose ex- wife Siohvaughn Wade was supposed to be on the show, and Matt Barnes of the Orlando Magic, who actually appears on the show with his future wife Gloria Goven.

But despite all of these drama-filled, divorced divas and whining wives on one show, all they seem to do is drink, dance and fight one another over frivolous things as if they were bunch of “brokenhearted” high schoolers, who didn’t get invited to the prom while failing to address any real-life issues or give any solid advice to other young future NBA wives.

To be real, the show is simply another sad “Sex in the City” rip-off with an all Black cast and no Sarah Jessica Parker.

The fascination with trying to create a Black version of “Sex” started first with Bravo’s hit show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” which featured Deshawn Snow, the wife of former Cleveland Cavaliers captain Eric Snow, Lisa Wu Hartwell, the wife of ex-NFL player Edgerton Hartwell of the Oakland Raiders and Shree’Whitfield, the ex-wife of ex-NFL star, Bob Whitfield of the New York Giants.

Due to that show’s success, the producers at VH-1 tried to duplicate the Sex in the City format by airing their own hit reality series “Let’s Talk About Pep” in which Dallas Maverick Jason Kidd’s ex-wife Joumana Kidd appeared.

Sadly, however as the women on Basketball Wives search for their 15 minutes of fame and another million-dollar baller to purchase them an expensive Louie Vuitton purse or Gucci bag, they fail to realize that they are being “pimped” by Vh-1 and continue contributing to the negative images of Black women…during primetime.

Because while these “ballerchicks” attempt to make their husband’s look bad, they all end up looking stupid during the show.

I know, Dr. Dorothy Height, who recently pasted way would be highly disappointed with this poor representation of Black women on television.

Because while Dr. Height, was considered the “Godmother of Civil Rights” as well as “a dream giver, an earth shaker, and a crusader” for human rights according to Earl Graves of Black Enterprise Magazine, these women shameful are being portrayed and viewed as gold diggers, booty shakers and simply wives of a few high priced athletes, who can place a little round ball in a basket.

But truthfully, they are much more than that.

Because after all of the fake hair, fake smiles, and the fake reality shows, at the end of the day when the cameras disappear, these beautiful sisters are still wonderful women searching for real love, faithful husbands, and fabulous fathers to raise their children.

As a result, all of these Basketball Wives must “over stand” that:

Money will buy them….

A bed but no sleep

Books but no brains.

Food but no appetite

Finery but not beauty

A house but not a home

Medicine but not health

Luxuries but not culture

Amusement but not happiness

So to the cast of “Basketball Wives”, remember the words of the great Hip-Hop philosopher Too Short, “You can’t turn a Ho into a Husband……

Therefore, be careful searching for love on the rebound…