Happy New Year!

I’m wishing everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous 2011! TV is a little slow with the holiday and all, but it will be ramping up soon. Oprah’s new network – The Oprah Winfrey Network – launches today and I am SUPER excited. I am excited for two reasons. First of all, there are very few women, not to mention African-American women who have a voice in the media. Especially when that voice isn’t contigent on the length of her dresses. With her power and her own network, Oprah compensates for at least 25 15 sistas that would rather shake their booty for the camera than have an idea – any idea. The other reason that I am so excited is that, although OWN is not a “Black” network, like TVOne or BET, she offers an alternative portrayal of African-American ideas that may not come through on one of the other networks. When you have stations like BET and TVOne, the assumption is that they are for Black people. That if you aren’t Black you can’t relate, and if you are Black then you must relate. Oprah has, with her show, and now with her own network challenges the idea that if you are Black then you must be a certain way, and like particular things. In real life, we know that, but in the media we don’t always see that.

Obviously, Oprah’s not the only one making some changes in 2011. This year I will bring you more than just news or summaries, but post that comment on the intersection between television and real life. While having some fun. Happy New Year!

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~ by 2muchtv on January 1, 2011.

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