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Andrea Kelly, Yandy Smith, Emily B., Mashonda & More DISH On Reality TV's IMPACT On Young Women

Reality tv stars like Adrienne Bailon, Yandy Smith, Meeka Claxton, Andrea Kelly and Somaya Reece hit an event, hosted by WEEN, discussed how their actions on tv impact the lives of young women.  Deets inside......


The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) hosted PROJECT REALism yesterday in NYC.  The standing-room only event featured reality tv stars discussing the impact of reality TV on young women. WEEN co-founder Valeisha Butterfield (looking fab in pink) posed with singer Mashonda on the red carpet for the event.

"L&HH" star Somaya Reece posed with "Hollywood Exes" star Andrea Kelly.

During the panel, with Emily B. & Mashonda pictured above, "ratings" were cited as the primary reason for the continued imbalance with regard to how women of color on reality tv.   WEEN announced clear action items and next steps to combat this, including: each person in attendance to join weenonline.org, to sign-up to mentor at least one young lady, and to commit to joining WEEN's future PROJECT REALism programs to empower young girls. 

TV personalities Alesha Renee and Amanda Diva (celebrity host) were also in attendance.  It's great to see a room full of women actually discussing social issues and making plans of action.  Keep up the good work ladies!

Which steps do YOU think should be taken to combat the negative images of women on reality tv?

Photo credit: Johnny Nunez




What is this Somaya person's

What is this Somaya person's claim to fame? what or who has she done?
Realist's picture

Hollywood Exes is an awesome

Hollywood Exes is an awesome show, minimal drama and positive relationships are displayed - as well as positive problem resolution, without all the fighting name calling ---- and it's not doing that well in the ratings.... everyone is complaining about the image of black women - women in general on reality shows - however, negativity sales... and this is proof
Pamelicious's picture

that's a good look for that

that's a good look for that somaya girl. love drea kelly! gotta support hollywood exes!
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I Just Lubs Me Some Drea

I Just Lubs Me Some Drea Kelly. She Appears To Be Genuine. I Love Hollywood Ex Period.
Keyths'Girl's picture

They already know what the

They already know what the goal of these reality shows are but they do them anyway, so what does that say about THEM? They can't tell me shit...
Chica-Chica's picture

How to combat the negative

How to combat the negative images is easy: 1) demand more balance between ratchet and classy women and/or 2) stop watching. There's nothing wrong with having guilty pleasures, but when 90% of black programming is about women acting like they have no home training, its a big problem. I love Hollywood Exes because it shows how grown women are supposed to resolve their issues.
MsKizzy's picture

Love Drea and hot dress on

Love Drea and hot dress on Valeisha. That's all I got on this one.
MrsCPA's picture

Wow, I've never seen so many

Wow, I've never seen so many THIRSTY CHICKS/ BABY MAMAS in one post!! NONE of these VH1 puppets can talk about combating stereotypes or promoting good behavior on television because they are part of the PROBLEM, not SOLUTION. These chicks are PRAISED for bad behavior and PAID to act a fool so I think the event was pointless. When being a rapper/celeb baby mom or groupie isn't enough these chicks run to the media trying to get their 15 minutes of fame LMAO, in the words of Erica Dixon, "HOES!!" Where is Oluremi "Mimi" Faust??? I'm sure she has PLENTY to say!!
tori's picture

You took the words right out

You took the words right out of my mouth. *sigh*
Carmen CaBoom's picture

Most reality shows are

Most reality shows are sending the WRONG message to young women and tweens. It is teaching tweens that cliques are ok and disrespecting anybody and everybody is ok. That includes RHO ____, L&HH, BBW and the Bachelorette. The shows don't teach respecting differences, respecting your body as a young woman... The shows are disgusting. And for those women on the shows that are about something (and there aren't many), it doesn't show their hard work or passion.....
TheMrs's picture

I truly hope the reality

I truly hope the reality stars get it together and take responsibility for their rachet actions... stop saying you're not role models when its convenient for you.. and recognize that BECAUSE you have a platform to speak to the masses is ONLY one of the MANY reasons you should carry yourself with some damn respect... they make me sick with the foolishness.. it's all we talk about and see every damn day... this is so out of hand..
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