“Single Ladies” ….Where Did We Go Wrong?

| June 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

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I guess I should start with saying I was hoping and praying this would be the long awaited successor of the coveted “Girlfriends”. Sadly that ship has sailed and there will never be another gem like “Girlfriends”. It falls somewhere between a bad soap opera and a bootleg version of “Living Single”. Four episodes in and this show is everything but what you need it to be…good.

The show follows Val (Stacey Dash), Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy), and April (Charity Shea) as they have romantic rendezvous all over Atlanta. On the first episode, Stacey Dash says that she was raised a “lady” and it takes 90 days to tap that, fair enough. Fast forward 15 minutes and she is knocking boots with some random white guy in the dressing room. That sends a very conflicting message. The biggest problem with Dash’s character is her 0-60 temper tantrums. As a grown woman with her own business, there should be a little more maturity. However, there are some positives to draw from her personality; she wants that fairy tale that deep down every woman wants. And she goes looking for it in a modern world (online dating, mutual friend set-ups, and the dreaded right and wrong texts). 

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McCoy’s character Keisha, who for all intents and purposes is the “I don’t believe in love” person, falls into this “kind of like” situation with an Atlanta jeweler (Malcolm) who (plot twist!) she steals from, accidentally. Gold digger comes to mind, but let’s not be rash. She refuses to tell Malcolm the truth however and eventually breaks her rule of sleeping with someone she likes. Backwards rule, but it works for some. After the deed is done, he doesn’t call for 2 weeks (shocker) and she is crushed, but of course plays it off very cool and smooth. Bottom line is that she likes him, and can’t admit her feelings. In this aspect she is very relatable; most women have come across a relationship that has left them scorned, battered and bruised.  

Last there is Shea’s character April, who is a stereotypical blonde that gets the esteemed privilege of having the apparent unicorn, a good black man. But this isn’t enough for her; she has gotten bored and decides to gallivant around town with the mayor (played by rapper/actor, Common). Surprise, surprise he has other mistress’s and she decides if any extra-marital affairs are happening, it will be with her. In another predictable plot twist, her husband finds out and the emotion she shows after the fact is, to the say least, not convincing. They make it to marriage counseling and try to (like most married couples) salvage their marriage after a devastating betrayal. In a twist ending, he serves her with divorce papers on her birthday.  

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The episodes thus far have been a mixture of over the top storylines with sprinkles of friendship and sisterly love. These characters are intriguing, yet there is too much distraction to really fall in love with them, namely the acting and the cameo appearances. It is hard to focus on the storyline when Common, T.O. and Chili are cut and paste into scenes like graphic art. 

Despite the bad acting and melodrama however, you can take away one positive thing, friendship. I think the point of this show was to expose the unmistakable bond we as women have, rare as it is. Sadly, the approach and direction left a lot to be desired.

In spite of all the negative reviews this show received prior to me watching it, I still went in with an objective mind. While there are a few positives to this show, I don’t see it gaining a season two. Drama should not be the only reason to watch a show, that’s what soap operas are for.

THE DUCHESS RATES THIS A 5 OUT OF 10

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I guess I should start with saying I was hoping and praying this would be the long awaited successor of the coveted “Girlfriends”. Sadly that ship has sailed and there will never be another gem like “Girlfriends”. It falls somewhere between a bad soap opera and a bootleg version of “Living Single”. Four episodes in and this show is everything but what you need it to be, good.

The show follows Val (Stacey Dash), Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy), and April (Charity Shea) as they have romantic rendezvous all over Atlanta. On the first episode, Stacey Dash says that she was raised a “lady” and it takes 90 days to tap that, fair enough. Fast forward 15 minutes and she is knocking boots with some random white guy in the dressing room. That sends a very conflicting message. The biggest problem with Dash’s character is her 0 to 60 temper tantrums, as a grown woman with her own business, there should be a little more maturity. However, there are some positives to draw from her personality; she wants that fairy tale that deep down every woman wants. And she goes looking for it in a modern world (online dating, mutual friend set-ups, and the dreaded right and wrong texts). 

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