So... I love reality shows. We grew up together. I wanted to marry Kevin Powell from the first season of The Real World. I developed Survivor and Amazing Race strategies with my parents. I witnessed both OJ Simpson's trial and the intentional overexposure of the Kardashian/Jenner kids. I used to love the NBA, but now I know more Basketball Wives than basketball players. And don't get me started on Love and Hip Hop... If you ask me what I'm watching, it'll be a reality show. If you ask me what you should watch, it'll be a reality show (or Westworld).
I see pieces of myself and women I know in some of these woman-centered franchises. But most of the commentary I see is coming from white Buzzfeed employees, gay male Bravo employees, or very mean-spirited Shaderoom comments. Meanwhile, I spend a lot of time talking about these shows. From conversations about the black bourgeoisie in Washington D.C. because of an episode of the Real Housewives of Potomac to comparing every new Love and Hip Hop cast member to Cardi B, it's nonstop.
I'll use this category to write about shows that I really like to watch. (Take a look around; I’ve already written about a couple seasons.) For the the most part, the shows I watch are female-driven shows featuring all- or mostly-black casts. I welcome your suggestions for new shows to watch, but I can't promise I'll write about anything. Also, not every show I watch will be featured here. Obviously, I do not own the rights to these shows. I will not provide or allow unofficial links to watch episodes.
If you don't watch or even like reality shows, you'll probably still enjoy these posts. I care about the characters on these shows and I'm used to talking about them with people who don't. These posts are basically recaps of episodes, but they're also gateways to talk about real friends, exploiting domestic abuse, racism, whatever. Chances are even if you don't watch or only hate-watch, you'll still enjoy what I have to say and/or have something to add.
So… we're talking about Single HOEs:
"Single" because so many of the Housewives on these shows have no husbands or significant others. At this point, every show casts at least one single woman on purpose.
"HOEs" is my tongue-in-cheek, very affectionate acronym for "Housewives of Everywhere" because there's always at least one reality show filming in fun cities across America, like Miami, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Now... "hoe" is a fun word to me, though I get that it might not be fun to you. If you can get past that, there are plenty of other words I think you'll like.