You can imagine how quickly my jaw hit the floor when I saw the cover of Vibe Magazine, in which theyfeatured pictures of the stars of Basketball Wives, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and other reality shows, proclaiming them to be the “new role models.” Chrissy Lampkin, Evelyn Lozada, Tamar Braxton and Kandi Burruss, for some reason, are the women that we want our little girls to become.
Call me old fashioned, but I never thought a woman who wears her bra on the outside of her blouse would be a good role model for my girls. Rather than mentioning the women as new role models, Vibe should have used a more appropriate cover: “We’re a Corporate Monkey Who Has to Deliver Money for the man at any cost. We have to find a way to get you to buy this magazine, and the only way to do that is by degrading women of color even more than we already do.”
Ok, that might be a bit long for a magazine cover, but you get my point. I’m sure the next Vibe cover will sink to even lower lows, perhaps by putting a tail on a black woman with a title that says, “Black is the new Chiwawa.” I guess the idea of black women conducting themselves with civility, grace and intelligence simply makes for bad TV. Instead, outlets have bribed certain women into behaving like really evil animals.
Given that Vibe is now in the profitable business of exploiting modern day minstrel shows to destroy yet another generation of black children, perhaps they will consider a few other prominent African Americans to add to their role models list….I can even list them with suggested slogans for the magazine cover (by writing this article, I’m applying for a job so I can work for da man myself):