I’ll admit that I enjoy celebrity gossip from time to time. Out of pure boredom, you can find me scrolling through The Shade Room’s timeline to see if any celebrities I like have any personal tea going on. For years, we’ve heard about TIP and Tiny’s relationship, the cheating rumors, the open marriage rumors and all. We’ve watched Family Hustle for the last few years.
I grew up when Xscape was popular. I remember when 24’s came out. Watching them grow as a family has been a household thing. Their blended family and their success in entertainment is something like an American dream.
Now it’s falling apart.
Now, I may be a little bit too emotional, but I can’t even watch this season of Family Hustle. I tried. But my heart hurt watching, knowing the demise of this marriage is at hand.
Why am I so bothered? This is real life. It happens. The culture still has some black love couples to see in the media. Remy Ma and Papoose come to mind instantly. Tia and Corey. Tamia and Grant. Boris and Nicole. Will and Jada. The families in my Family Crush Friday posts….I could go on. Some are more out in the public than others, but they are still there.
I just REALLY want TIP and Tiny to work. I don’t get anything from it, but a portrait of a real family going through real things and staying together.
We could get deep and go into how the media portrays black families: broken single mothers, deadbeat dads, etc. Having these positive influences in the media are important to this new generation. They get enough side chicks and baby mommas on Love and Hip Hop. (Thanks Mona).
A lot of us grew up with both parents and a lot of us different. As a single woman hoping to be married some day, seeing all these long term black couples breaking up is disheartening. Melo and Lala are going through it. Like show us how it’s done please!? We need yall to make it!
It’s very important for us to be able to look up to people in places we want to be. I thank God that I have couples in my life personally who embody black love. A lot of people don’t have that.
Is anyone else as bothered as I am?