Married 2 Medicine Houston: Diversity finds its way to Bravo


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Diversity in Hollywood often means A person of color, usually black. For years there there was only one box for a person of color and black person filled it.   While there is still the one box,now Latins and gays compete with blacks for that single box.  Asian females may find an occasional role but Asian males…….   Actors of other hues can be in the background if its in a urban setting.

In 2016, TV is still in black and white.

In the early nineties. TV producers Mary Ellis Burim and Jonathan Murray pitched one of the earliest reality shows for M-TV.   The ground breaking show featured a diverse cast. For the first time we saw different races, sexual orientations and individuals of different  religious and political backgrounds all living under one roof.

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The Real World Opened with:

This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house (work together ) and have their lives taped. To find out what happens… when people stop being polite and start getting real…..

The Real World is still in production however, Burim and Murray are no longer associated with the show and the show has deteriorated into more of a Frat house , drunken fights and sexual escapades.

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In Bravoland

There are exclusive communities of white women in Orange County, Beverly Hills, London,Dallas and New York City. Exclusive communities of black women in Atlanta and the Potomac.  White people trying not to be Tardy, out at sea, in a lodge, getting giggy at Pump,  and a small group of thirty forty somethings Persians partying in LA.

Bravo’s “Shahs  of Sunset” is the first show featuring Persian Americans. In between the boozy fights and arguments we learn why successful families left Iran.  One of member of the cast is a married gay man.  Viewers saw his struggles with his culture. In 2016 Iran, gays can be punished or put to death for being gay.     While Shahs is often filled with reality style fights and conflicts, it also allows us to see their families, traditions and struggles rarely seen outside of a documentary . The show is very entertaining.

Diversity in Houston

On the surface one would think “Married to Medicine Houston”, is a spin off of Married to Medicine (now in it’s third season).  Married to Medicine is based in Atlanta, where most of the women are married to doctors. M2M is reality Tv 101.  Fights (some of them physical ) conflicts, jealousy.   Atlanta seems to be the home of pretentiousness.   On M2M two cast members are doctors and one is a dentist. The other cast members are married to doctors.

In Houston, nearly all of the women are professionals

Dr Erika Sato is a  Plastic Surgeon, her father is Asian her mother is Italian.  Her parents were professional wrestlers. and  she is married to a younger Doctor who’s family is very conservative.

Dr Monica Patel is an Indian cardiologist.  A quadruple board certified cardiologist. Monica doesn’t look like anyone on Grey’s Anatomy   Monica is stacked and is in full makeup and heels.  Monica  is divorced and wanting to get married and start a family. She’s been dating a man “Imad” for a few years. He has a successful business three hours away in San Antonio.  They see each other on weekends and they are of different faiths.

Elly Pourasef is an Persian Audiologist.

Dr. Ashandra Bastiste who is a Dental Surgeon her husband “Ricky’ is a medical equipment salesman. They share a son and a daughter from a previous marriage. Their relationship seems solid and the banter between the two is infectious.  A fun happy family on a reality tv show?

Rachel Suliburk who is white of Spanish descent married to Dr James Suliburk, a trama surgeon.  Rachel is currently a nursing student.  Living in their home is her mother Maribel. Maribel is charming and out of control and Rachel is the den mother.

Yes there are cat fights (this is reality tv) there are some resentments in the group.  If your  looking for a fist fight, turn the channel, at least for this season. So far this season a lot of the drama comes from outside the group.  Not sure if there is a mandatory Bravo hatecation planned.

These women are intelligent, driven and trying to balance career and home life. Some of the women  relatively new to medicine are making contacts in the community.  Unlike the housewives these ladies are relatable .

Like Shahs, we get a brief glimpse of some of the cultural traditions and values.

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Race Relations on Married to Medicine Houston

Misunderstandings or Racism?

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https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2016/12/22/prescription-for-understanding/

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With all the talk of the lack of diversity of TV, one would think Bravo would promote Married to Medicine Houston and its cast.  However, the show is on Friday evenings, the graveyard of time periods and Bravo is not promoting the show.  Bravo IS promoting “Married to Medicine (Atlanta) M2M  timeslot was behind Bravo’s most popular show ” Real Housewives of Atlanta” .  M2M is now on Fridays before  M2MH “

This show is in need of audience. Diversity is more than black and white.

Episodes are available on You Tube and Bravo

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Changing World:A hijab-wearing Muslim is now one of the beautiful faces of CoverGirl


A Muslim, hijab-wearing woman is now one of the easy, breezy and beautiful faces of CoverGirl.

The cosmetics company announced beauty blogger Nura Afia as one of the latest brand ambassadors for its “So Lashy” mascara, meaning she, along with a diverse lineup of other models, will appear in CoverGirl commercials and on a billboard in Times Square.
For Afia, a Muslim woman in hijab representing a mainstream US cosmetics brand, is a milestone for the Muslim community.
“It’s a big accomplishment for all of us,”  “It means that little girls that grew up like me have something to look up to. I grew up feeling like hijab would hold me back.”
If that was ever the case, it seems like the hijab certainly isn’t holding Afia back now. She has more than 200,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, where she posts video tutorials on how to recreate various makeup looks, and more than 300,000 followers on Instagram.
Hijabistas: Young Muslim women meld fashion and faith

 
Afia said CoverGirl reached out to her in early October about potentially being in a commercial for the company, but she didn’t realize the extent to which she would be representing the brand.
“It’s huge,” Afia said. “It means we’re being represented in a good light for once.”
CoverGirl’s announcement is the latest to promote diversity and inclusiveness. In October, the company announced James Charles as its first male ambassador.
 Other faces of the “So Lashy” campaign include two black women, an Asian-American woman and Latina actress Sofia Vergara.  “We’ve always stood for inclusive beauty that supports any and all types,” CoverGirl wrote in a recent Instagram post.
The hijab has been making its way into Western advertisements, albeit slowly. Last year, Swedish retailer H&M ran its first ad showing a Muslim model in hijab  In the US, Afia is still one of few Muslim women in hijab to appear in such ads.
Afia said her role as CoverGirl ambassador is a positive step toward mainstream representation for Muslim girls. “It shows that we’re average Americans,” Afia said. “We’re just girls that love to play with makeup and do every day stuff.”

Grammy White Out? Grammy’s only honoring dead white artists


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Could the Grammy Awards have their own race problem? The show is coming under huge pressure to diversify its all-white tribute lineup and honor the late Maurice White.

During Monday’s telecast, Lady Gaga will perform an eight-minute David Bowie tribute, Jackson Browne will honor Glenn Frey and Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp are expected to perform a tribute for Lemmy from Motörhead.

But industry insiders are griping that White, of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and Natalie Cole have been banished to a video tribute package with others who died in the past year.

“Over the last week or so, since Maurice White passed away, there has been back and forth with the producers and the academy about some kind of representation of him during the show. The tributes they’ve confirmed are all white. As of yesterday, there was no tribute at all for Maurice because Grammy producers said they didn’t have time,” one insider told us.

Meanwhile, another source close to the Grammys said they’re still trying to figure out how to add more diversity to the lineup.

“Maurice White and the group he founded had unprecedented impact on pop culture. After a lot of pressure, producers are trying to figure out how to properly pay tribute to him. It’s still in limbo,” said the insider.

To make matters worse, Run-DMC will receive a lifetime achievement award — but it won’t be televised. “People are afraid to speak on it because it’s the Grammys. But there’s a history of them not acknowledging black artists,” the first source added.

Even though rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the Grammy nominations with 11 nods, the show still faces accusations of not doing a good enough job of honoring artists of color. Billboard recently reported in a “Confessions of a Grammy Voter” piece, “The voting bloc is still too white, too old and too male . . . the voters are becoming more diverse in terms of minorities, females and younger ages — but there’s still a long way to go.”

Grammy reps didn’t get back to us by press time.