The eldest, Grey's Anatomy is in its eleventh season. I repeat 11th season.
Scandal garners record market shares so ferociously that national and cable networks shuffle shows opposing Thursday's #1 hit show for four seasons-- I repeat 4th season-- like a game of shell swap.
Now we have, How To Get Away With Murder. As Executive Producer, Rhimes' did not create nor does she write on the show. However, the show bears the stamp of Shondaland's predecessors.
|How To Get Away With Murder|
Airs Thursdays 10pm EST, ABC
Qualified Black actresses abound in Hollywood yet viable mediums for displaying such talent are minimal.
My question is do we want to see the likes of highly skilled actors like Viola Davis and scores of others, or not? If we do, why reduce the credibility of these actors and give firewood to simplemindedness for a surface, low level complaint that should yield no merit or momentum. Did it ever dawn on complainers that Annalise Keating, a high profile Defense Attorney and Law Professor (Davis' character) wears a bad wig? You don't think this issue is dangerous? Two words. Pam Oliver.
Pam Oliver's weave became food for fodder on the lips of many. Now, a trained, seasoned journalist reports sports, not as an A-team side-line analyst for Fox Sports but as a B-team analyst. Did her hair have anything to do with this change? I don't know for sure, but why give ammunition for the gun to fire in the wrong direction?
Two more words. Gabby Douglas. A fierce competitor, the first African-American gymnast to win the all around gold medal in the 2012 Olympics and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. Douglas also is the only American all-around champion to win multiple gold medals. She was a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championship. With all of her amazing accomplishments, some focused on what? Her hair. And please don't let me get started on the media frenzy created over a two-year old--Blue Ivy Carter--whose parents have decided to allow her locks to grow naturally and free.
All Around Individual Gold Medalist
Team USA Gold Medalist
We must comprehend the magnitude of which Shonda Rhimes or anyone for that matter, must endure to get a show on television, much less three. To complain about such triviality denies the very logic of our Ancestors who fought for us to be judged by the content of our character not the color of our skin--in this case the weight of our wigs.
Instead of forcing our executives/creators/executive producers/directors and all around big whigs into meetings to fight through minutia, let's arm them with incredible ratings. Let's cloak them in measurable support to request increased budgets, strong and diverse story lines and a ground swell of roles for Black Actors--female and male-- in all genres and areas of television.
I believe we can use our power for good and focus on what we like, opposed to what's not right. Let's prudently use our words and our power in social media. A little discretion can go a long way.
This is Toni Staton Harris, Checkin' Up and Checkin' In on us to stop Wigging Out! #TGIT