ATL rapper and Baby Dady #1, Shawty-Lo is not accepting the cancellation of his over-before-it-began-show, “All My Babies’ Mamas,” without a fight and is urging fans to sign a petition on Change.org asking Oxygen to air the show as planned.
After first being defiant, then sending various mixed messages to the media within a 24-hour time span, Oxygen finally released the following statement to CNN:Follow @newsoneofficial
“As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special,” Oxygen said. “We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.”
But Shawty-Lo, real name Carlos Walker, said that critics had it all wrong:
“Yeah I really understand. They have the right to think that, but at least give the show a chance, to see what’s goin’ on,” L-O pleaded when he spoke with Emperor Searcy and Mz Shyneka from Hot 107.9 in Atlanta on Wednesday (January 16). “They makin’ their assumptions off a 13-minute trailer and this like the biggest news around the world right now and it’s unbelievable.”
“The show wasn’t about, we finna be fightin’,” Lo explained before urging his fans to support. “My show is not about no negative; it’s a positive. But if they wanna see the show, sign a petition.”
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We’re not sure how positive it could be. As previously reported by NewsOne, the rapper told MTV that he only has so many children (11) because the women chased him for money, he didn’t wear condoms and they refused to have abortions:
“[My] mother was on drugs as a child; my father was elsewhere; my grandmother raised me and she died from cancer when I was seventeen … I came to be probably one of the largest drug dealers to come from the Atlanta-Bankhead area, and uh, I started having kids. When the money came, a lot of women came. I wasn’t trying to have babies, but I was talking to these women and, you know, once you feel like a girl was your girlfriend, or whatever, you know, the rubber probably came off.”
They wouldn’t have an abortion; they would take the money and run with it. Just so they can have a baby by the most poppin-est guy in the streets. So that’s how I had all them kids.
Well, it looks like the poppin-est guy in the streets won’t have the poppin-est show on television — unless, that is, you sign his petition, which reads in part:
It’s a sad day in America, when people attempt to reject a father that steps up to the plate, a father who is actively supporting his children & their mothers , not just monetarily but emotionally as well.
Shawty Lo, is in fact a father figure that most young black men today coming from a similar past lifestyle and environment, should mimic in his parental role. With 11 children, which are all clothed, fed, housed and loved in everyway that a parent should love, protect and provide for their child. As well as being a supportive and active partner in the co-parenting of his children with their mothers.
Everyone has a past, especially in hip-hop, however how many take the reins and put their life in motion for change?
Rap music came from the streets of urban culture, songs of struggle and strength. Before the masses came in with their auto tunes and pop divas, hip-hop was the voice of urban America, allowing young men and women in the concrete jungle a poetic voice, that allowed others into their world. Artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC and Public Enemy paved the way for today’s chart toppers. Rhymes about what their daily life endured, with everything from teen pregnancy, racism to political movements.
A man is supposed to take care of his children, and the mother (s), weather it be singular or plural.
So here’s the question, would you rather see 11 children struggle with mothers on welfare? Or watch a man support his children? Does it come down to the race card?
To read and/or sign the petition, click here.