Women of Color Take Over Daytime TV: Move Over Women of “The View.” The Ladies of “The Real” Are Taking Over!

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If you haven’t heard, there’s a new women’s daytime talk show on the block. “The Real” talk show which premiered on the Fox network on July 15th and concluded its four week trial run on August 9th features some familiar names and faces. You may be thinking: “Oh Great – another daytime talk show with a bunch of women sitting around a table running their mouths. As if we don’t have enough of that already.” But I urge you to reconsider because “The Real” isn’t your typical daytime talk show.

For starters, what makes this show unique are the hosts.  Like most daytime talk shows, “The Real” features five women with varying claims to fame, but unlike other daytime talk shows, “The Real” hosts are all women of color. The hosts, singer Tamar Braxton from WE TV’s “The Braxton Family Values” and “Tamar and Vince,” actress Tamera Mowry-Housley from “Sister, Sister” and “Tia and Tamera,” comedian and author Loni Love, fashion expert Jeannie Mai, and singer/aspiring actress Adrienne Bailon, are five vivacious women of color who are “a work in progress[i]” and are willing to get real and put their candid thoughts and personal lives out there for their audience.

 

The premise of the show is that these five women reflect the home audience[ii]. They are diverse not just ethnically and culturally but in experiences as well. Although the show’s producer SallyAnn Salsano asserts that the ethnic diversity of the hosts isn’t the focal point of the show,[iii] it’s hard to ignore especially considering the fact that Adrienne Bailon is now the “first Latina daytime TV host on English-language television.”[iv] Congrats girl!  

No disrespect to you Ms. Salsano, but I would lying if I said that the ethnic and cultural diversity of the show wasn’t a big deal. In fact, it’s one of the things that drew me to the show besides my love – more like obsession with the Mowry twins (lol). I was interested to see what each lady would bring to the table and how their personalities would mesh. And I must say, so far so good. I’m really loving the diversity of the hosts. They are relatable and funny. These women bring a certain flavor to the table that other daytime talk shows such as “The View” and “The Talk” lack. 

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So if you haven’t seen the show, here are some things you can expect. Star-studded guests such as Morris Chestnut, Lauren London, Tyrese and Bethenny Frankel. Designer bag giveaways. Diverse topics that range from innovative beauty treatments, recipes that promise to get you a man, to candid talks about interracial relationships, sex, and motherhood to a tutorial on twerking. Though some similarities in topics may exist between “The Real” and other daytime talk shows such as “The View” or “The Talk,” that’s where the comparison ends. “The Real” just like its title suggests get real and seems to target a new audience – an audience comprised of women who are young(er) and looking for something fresh, fun and spicy. In the past four weeks, these women have put their thoughts and personal lives out there in ways that many other women on daytime talk shows haven’t. For example, Tamera discusses for the first time her decision to wait until marriage to have sex and then the decision to become celibate after losing her virginity at 29. While Loni discusses her love for the single life and why she will never get married again.  

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Is this talk show perfect? No. It has its flaws just like any other talk show. For example, there are times when Adrienne dominates the conversation and I’m like “Please let Jeannie talk and stop talking about Rob Kardashian sheesh.” Or times when the topics seem a little too much i.e. the discussion on what type of pornos Adrienne watches to get in the mood. But overall, the show is fresh and entertaining and is definitely worth checking out.

Hopefully, the Fox network will pick up “The Real.” If the ratings are good which it seems as though they are,[v] these fabulous women will be back in our living rooms in the fall.

Regal Resource: Meet the hosts!  and Watch the full first episode here! 

I Want to Hear From You:

  •  Have you seen the show? If so, what do you think about it?
  •  Do you think you think it is important for women of color to have their own talk show?


Petra Palmer

Petra is an educator, a daughter, a sister, a friend and now a writer. After years of running from her gift of writing, she is now claiming it and trying to use her words to empower others.