I don’t know about you but I think I’ve had enough of the Black affluent reality shows– Baldwin Hills, Harlem Heights, Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Seriously how many times do I need to see a sister buy a Gucci bag and some $800 Louboutins to understand (and celebrate) that Black folks are making loot too. I know it’s not just the Bronfmans anymore, but it’s the Johnsons and the Winfreys too. Got it. I thought Cosby made this clear in the 80′s with the Huxtables. Obviously not clear enough for the execs over at Centric TV who are joining the bandwagon to ride the wheels off of the successful rich Black “reality” model where NeNe, Sheree and dem just weren’t enough, thus their new “docu-soap”– Keeping Up With The Joneses. According to their site, Keeping Up With The Karadashians, oops I mean The Joneses is a series “that follows the high society, high stakes world of the crew behind Jones Magazine as they try to take their magazine to the next level.”
This past Tuesday I went to Centric’s executive offices in midtown Manhattan to preview the first episode and to meet Tracey Ferguson– the protagonist of this Houston-based reality show. And in classic southern gal style, Tracey greeted everyone with a smile, flawless make-up, hair styled tiz-zight, manicured nails and her gold watch was dazzlin darlings. The thing is, once Tracey, who is a widow and a mother of two, opened her mouth I really liked her. She’s charasmatic, but she’s honest, vulnerably so. Her scenes with the grief therapist talking about death and loving again resonated the most and will surely be what keeps this series from staying in the land of mall-shopping, society-ballin and other superficiality. I will surely watch it and see how things proceed. You can catch the premiere tonight @8pm and I’m sure there will be reruns this weekend. Hit me back with your thoughts!