Kerry Washington-Scandal makes History!

Kerry Washington-Scandal makes History!

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Sadbutrue

Woodbridge, VA

#1 May 6, 2013
Scandal” Makes History

Television makes history this week with the premiere of the new ABC series, Scandal. Thirty-seven years after the first hour-long primetime dramatic series with an African-American woman in the lead role aired on television, ABC does it again. In 1974, Teresa Graves starred as policewoman Christie Love on ABC’s short-lived Get Christie Love. Now the network is moving forward and making history with Shonda Rhimes’ latest drama starring Kerry Washington as DC fixer Olivia Pope. It is the fourth hour-long drama with a black woman in the lead including two cable shows, TNT’s HawthoRNe produced and starring Jada Pinkett Smith and HBO’s The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency starring Jill Scott.

When Scandal debuts on April 5, it comes with a few firsts. It will be the first dramatic network television series written and produced by an African-American woman for an African-American woman in the lead role. Another first is the show’s inspiration, Judy Smith, Washington, D.C. crisis communications pro, co-executive producer of the show, and a beautiful living role model. Still, little overshadows that in 2012—62 years after Ethel Waters starred as the first African-American on network TV in the ABC sitcom Beulah—too few black women play dramatic leads on television.

TV has neither been generous nor diverse when it comes to casting African-American actresses. In TV history, most roles for black actresses lean towards comedy and away from drama. There seem to be more roles for black women playing the help than playing women who hire them.

Since 1944, when regular network broadcasting began on NBC, the television industry has undergone revolutionary changes. But for African-American actresses, winning roles remains a challenge and too often revolves around the same choices. The advent of cable outlets such as BET, TV One, VH1 and TBS, increased the number, but not necessarily the variety of available roles for black women. Comedy slots are still popular. Reality TV roles rule from Real Housewives of Atlanta to Basketball Wives to shows with women who sing, model, rap or love rappers. Dramatic leads are limited even though unlimited drama defines reality TV.

There have been a few promising moments and roles for black women, mostly as supporting actors in a small number of dramas. Diahann Carroll was the first African-American woman to star in a sitcom, Julia, which debuted on NBC in 1968 and ran for three years. In 1969, two variety shows starred black women: The Leslie Uggams Show that ran less than three months, and The Barbara McNair Show, which aired for three years. African-American women have co-starred in ensemble cast dramas such as Snoops, Brewster Place, Soul Food, The Game, Undercovers, S. Epatha Merkerson in Law and Order, Alfre Woodard in Memphis Beat, and Taraji P. Henson in Person of Interest and more. Some of the most talented black leading women, including Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Debbi Morgan, and Nichelle Nichols, have been limited to leading supporting roles or guests spots on dramas and fantasy adventure dramas. And, of course, there is rare groundbreaking television with Oprah Winfrey and her long-running, successful syndicated talk show as well as all the upcoming possibilities from OWN.

We all know making history does not make a hit TV show. We watch television to be entertained, to lose ourselves in somebody else’s funny, sad or implausible story. Sometimes those stories are about people who look like us, often they are about people we aspire to be or who should be avoiding. Television is a reflection and respite from our daily grind.

She knows how to capture all the many dimensions of a woman—complexities and simplicities, strengths and struggles, flaws and feistiness. She gets it. She delivers diverse lead roles for women of all colors.

Scandal premieres with a mix of the Shonda Rhimes halo and the glow of Kerry Washington’s stellar acting skills.

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#2 May 6, 2013
Kelly Washingtons is wonderful as Oliva Pope! I wished more black people would just watch and support the show without harping on her love scenes with her boyfriend the president.
Sadbuttrue

Woodbridge, VA

#3 May 6, 2013
Capree wrote:
Kelly Washingtons is wonderful as Oliva Pope! I wished more black people would just watch and support the show without harping on her love scenes with her boyfriend the president.
Ive only watched it once but will watch it this Thursday!

Passion is Passion.

Black men can't seem to handle it when its a Black women/White man ordeal but its okay for them to get involved with other races.
Mutant Crusher

Ann Arbor, MI

#4 May 6, 2013
Sadbuttrue wrote:
<quoted text>Ive only watched it once but will watch it this Thursday!
Passion is Passion.
Black men can't seem to handle it when its a Black women/White man ordeal but its okay for them to get involved with other races.
Why are u talking to yourself? You know you are capree.
Mutant Crusher

Ann Arbor, MI

#5 May 6, 2013
Sadbuttrue wrote:
<quoted text>Ive only watched it once but will watch it this Thursday!
Passion is Passion.
Black men can't seem to handle it when its a Black women/White man ordeal but its okay for them to get involved with other races.
You made this thread so im guessing Kerry is hooking up with a white male on the show?

Well I tell you right now the show will not last. No one wants to see that other than bw/wm couples. Since there is not a lot of them the show is already in trouble.

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#6 May 7, 2013
I can't stand the out mouth, scared face she makes in her movies. Makes her look pathetic and unless
Sadbuttrue

Woodbridge, VA

#7 May 7, 2013
Mutant Crusher wrote:
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Why are u talking to yourself? You know you are capree.
MACEO

Your life is over your 60 years old and didn't do anything with it and have nothing to show for your life!

Boooo Hoooo Your bitter so you go around harassing young black women who IR date. your not stopping anything because Black women are moving on and their not selecting you!

Why hasn't any Black women looked at you? LMAO

YOu know why they don't want an old ASS LOSER! Go find a Fat Poor White woman to live off like Jeff! and fake a sicknesss!
Mutant Crusher

Ann Arbor, MI

#8 May 7, 2013
Sadbuttrue wrote:
<quoted text>MACEO
Your life is over your 60 years old and didn't do anything with it and have nothing to show for your life!
Boooo Hoooo Your bitter so you go around harassing young black women who IR date. your not stopping anything because Black women are moving on and their not selecting you!
Why hasn't any Black women looked at you? LMAO
YOu know why they don't want an old ASS LOSER! Go find a Fat Poor White woman to live off like Jeff! and fake a sicknesss!
Keep whining, meanwhile blackmen saving women from captivity.

http://www.news.com.au/world-news/north-ameri...

BLACK POWER BABY!
bLACK Man

Fredericksburg, VA

#9 May 7, 2013
Mutant Crusher wrote:
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Keep whining, meanwhile blackmen saving women from captivity.
http://www.news.com.au/world-news/north-ameri...
BLACK POWER BABY!
Exactly! I'm trying to figure what these negro women actually do or have accomplished. Feminism gave black females massive power in the black community and yet she complains about relationships.
bLACK Man

Fredericksburg, VA

#10 May 7, 2013

“I love being a Black Man”

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#11 May 7, 2013
Honestly, I've only seen the first episode. Personally I wasn't that impressed with all of the fast talking and subplot of the President.

But I'm sure the show is more than a bedwench screwing massa as some people who hasn't watched the show make it seem.

Congrats Kerry on her success. Hopefully this will allow other minorities the chance to star in their own shows.

Black - Elite

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The Man For the FUTURE

#12 May 7, 2013
All backed and supported by the IRBW.
Good going ladies. smfh.

Hope your desirability levels shoot through the roof.

What a disgusting show.

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#13 May 7, 2013
Sadbuttrue wrote:
<quoted text>Ive only watched it once but will watch it this Thursday!
Passion is Passion.
Black men can't seem to handle it when its a Black women/White man ordeal but its okay for them to get involved with other races.
Exactly! Do you remember when Taye Diggs had his tv show Kevin Hill? He was surround by and only dated white/biracial women only. Black men never called him a sell-out and would brag on the fine white women and redbone he was seeing on the show.


http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcc25as00p1...

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#14 May 7, 2013
Sadbuttrue wrote:
<quoted text>Ive only watched it once but will watch it this Thursday!
Passion is Passion.
Black men can't seem to handle it when its a Black women/White man ordeal but its okay for them to get involved with other races.
I think Kerry is portrayal of Oliva Pope as a strong, intelligent, passionate black woman who don't have to fit into the tradional black woman's box by having only black men.
Mutant Crusher

Ann Arbor, MI

#15 May 7, 2013
Capree wrote:
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Exactly! Do you remember when Taye Diggs had his tv show Kevin Hill? He was surround by and only dated white/biracial women only. Black men never called him a sell-out and would brag on the fine white women and redbone he was seeing on the show.
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcc25as00p1...
I wont deny irbm have double standard. But all races of men that date out are like that.

If a man dates a hot woman outside his race, that woman's race of man is gonna be pissed. Period.

Your white male are no exception to the rule.

You troll blackmen and defend white men but it was jealous whitemales that made ir dating illegal for hundreds of years not blackmen.
Balls Deep

United States

#16 May 7, 2013
Capree wrote:
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Exactly! Do you remember when Taye Diggs had his tv show Kevin Hill? He was surround by and only dated white/biracial women only. Black men never called him a sell-out and would brag on the fine white women and redbone he was seeing on the show.
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcc25as00p1...
Black men were not obsessed with the show either, most couldnt give a damn. There is the difference, HO

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#17 May 7, 2013
I don't know, the plot is good I like the Gladiators in Suits thing but the moment they made her into the other woman just kinda alienated me. Why could she not be a strong black woman who can get her own man?
And the President acts like he does not want to be the President, what is up with that?
And then there is the red head who annoys me like hell.(I know that's not a real excuse but oh well..)
I actually like the woman in Person of Interest.. Detective Carter, that show is better in my opinion of course it gets less recognition because let's face it sex does sell... And that is what Scandal is selling right?
Mutant Crusher

Ann Arbor, MI

#18 May 7, 2013
Balls Deep wrote:
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Black men were not obsessed with the show either, most couldnt give a damn. There is the difference, HO
Yup never even heard of the show. Im guessing not one blackman has ever made a thread about the show either.

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#19 May 7, 2013
Mutant Crusher wrote:
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Yup never even heard of the show. Im guessing not one blackman has ever made a thread about the show either.
Exactly. I don't think Hollywood is generally trying to promote anything besides making money.

If that show that nobody heard of and Black men surely didn't support did well. Then they would make more. But since BW support shows with the IR dating angle. They continue to put BW in IR relationships.

It's always about the money.

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#20 May 7, 2013
Black - Elite wrote:
All backed and supported by the IRBW.
Good going ladies. smfh.
Hope your desirability levels shoot through the roof.
What a disgusting show.
There is not one thing disgusing about Scandal. There have been many dramas depicting white women falling in love with married. The Oliva Pope character is single and unattached so she isn't cheating on anyone, it is her married lover.

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