Top Ten Videos to watch

A Man Operating A Tv Camera
Maurice White
'News One Now' With Roland Martin Taping
Bill Cosby
Activists In Los Angeles Gather To Burn Likenesses Of The Confederate Flag
Flint Firebirds V Windsor Spitfires
CBC Message To America: Rep. Conyers Addresses The Damage Inflicted On Our Communities By Poverty, Mass Incarceration And Lack Of Economic Development
Iowa Caucus Ted Cruz
NewsOne Now NAACP Image Awards Preview
Student sitting at a desk in a classroom
Slavery Stock image
The 16th Annual Wall Street Project Gala Fundraising Reception
Ava DuVernay
Roland Martin Blasts Stacey Dash For Comments About BET, Black Networks
President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address At U.S. Capitol
Ava DuVernay
2016 North American International Auto Show
Democratic National Committee Presidential Primary Debate
88th Oscars Nominations Announcement
Democratic debate
Dream Speech
GOP Presidential Candidates Debate In Charleston
US President Barack Obama speaks on the
2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 5
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18, 2015: Two wooden stand-in Oscar statuettes are ready to be taken on
Woman Holding Dollars - Isolated
President Barack Obama Delivers His State Of The Union Address
Leave a comment

Basketball Wives L.A.Writer, inspirational speaker, anti-domestic violence activist and woman on a mission, Sil Lai Abrams (pictured below) has had enough of the fleeting, microwave outrage that sputters around pseudo-reality television and is fighting fire with facts. Determined to move beyond hastily crafted petitions and boycotts, Abrams created “Truth in Reality,”  a grassroots  media advocacy organization committed to changing the way women and interpersonal violence are portrayed on reality television.

Refusing to rely solely on criticisms that could easily be misconstrued as calls for censorship, Abrams evokes the fiery wisdom of El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, who warned, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth…because they control the minds of the masses.”  Sensing that Black women are tired of the ‘Crazy Black Reality Chick’ meme,” Abrams, through Truth in Reality, is swiftly gaining wide-spread support centered around the fact that persistent and consistent misrepresentations of Black women is purposeful exploitation peddled as entertainment.

In an article at Clutch Magazine, Abrams shares the three basic components of the TIR movement:

1) Raise awareness about the adverse effects of negative reality TV shows are having on our communitiesSil-lai

2) Advance our advocacy efforts to change the existing broadcast standards and practices for cable networks by encouraging them to practice Principles of Responsible Reality

3) Mobilize the Black community through digital activism to create a movement of change in our collective attitudes towards interpersonal violence, with the end goal of ultimately reducing our disproportionate rates of interpersonal violence.

It is our belief that if we can affect change on a micro level (such as in how Black women are being portrayed on reality television), eventually this will create a shift in our imagery overall in media.  Petitioning via sites such as can be a very effective means of letting the media know that stereotypical and exploitative programming is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.  However, we must do more than react to offensive and damaging media. We must be proactive in assertively challenging existing definitions of Black womanhood, educating media consumers on the real impact that misogynistic programming such as negative reality shows are having on the Black community, and empowering viewers to make informed television viewing choices.

Pivotal to the success of  TIR, is  “sisters supporting sisters” (SSS), and in her op-ed, Abrams recognizes four women who have spoken out against the pervasive violence and overall negativity that defines Black dominated reality television: Meeka Claxton, Kelly Smith Beaty,  Michaela Angela Davis,  and Sabrina Lamb.Each in their own way, these women have led the charge to demand that reality television meet a higher standard — or at the very least, be real.

Read more about their efforts at Clutch Magazine.

To join the Truth in Reality movement, click here.


Also On News One: