I think this slowly but surely originated from the Whitney - Bobby relationship. Then Martin and Gina took it to the next level, not to mention "The Prince of Belair" in between, portraying Will as been popular with the ladies, and Carl being a snobby turn off. This may be stretching it a little, but some of this could have even been traced back to "Good Times", portraying Michael as the smart one, and JJ as the ladies man. For somebody who struck out as much as JJ, he still always had a date for some reason.<quoted text>
I definitely cosign all this, but it gets more complicating. Yes a lot of classier ones are jumping ship, but there is also those good girls who are still trying to be with the street guys/bum types trying to turn them into good men and all that. Than when they get fed up with all that they want to pursue white men. That seems to be the trend now.
I think the movie, "Waiting To Exhale" also put a dint in the educated black mans image, which portrayed a successful brother as being an arrogant player. It even had brothers criticizing brothers in defense of black women, which is always easy for them to do, and one of the reasons why they will never succeed as a group in this whites man world, until they come out of that. I understand a brother defending good black women, but when they start defending bad ones who don't give two cents about them, then you know we got a lot of black men in bad shape. Anyway, it appears that the image of the successful black man has been gradually marginalized.
As I said, I think this going for the thuggish type was a gradual process, because there was even a time in the 80's when it was popular being a book worm, or talking educated. But I think Martin and Gina put the icing on the cake for classy black women wanting the Martin type, and not going for the college educated type. Then a lot of them took it to the next level and went for his Jerome character.
So the image of the educated black man has been damaged, while the image of non-educated black man like the rappers, thugs, and the knuckled-head type have been uplifted. And a lot of young black women seem to have fallen for it. I guess pretty soon, if a brother don't pronounce "You" like Ya'll, it may be a turn off.