Tonya Pendleton, a writer for AOL Black Voices has written an article inspired by VH-1’s “Basketball Wives” that criticizes the entertainment industry for not showcasing Black women with “class,” comparing the Black women on TV to the Cosby Show’s Claire Huxtable.
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Evelyn, Shaunie, Royce, Tami and Jennifer were all exquisitely coiffed and made up, wearing glittering jewelry, kick-ass shoes and sexy, figure-affirming dresses.
At first glance, it would seem that these lovely ladies were representing black women and women of color in an admirable way.
But there is one thing that was missing, something that could not be covered up underneath all that glittered: Class.Class was once considered the essential attribute of womanhood, particularly in African-American communities where your racial background already marked you at a lower social standing and status in society.