Lifetime has assembled a group of four magical negresses for its new makeover show "Girlfriend Intervention." Despite the fact that "Bring It" is appointment TV for me every week, I've somehow never seen a trailer for the show until today.
That can't be a coincidence because as soon as I heard Tanisha Thomas (of Bad Girls Club fame) assert that "inside every white girl there's a strong Black woman ready to bust out," I knew that this would be a regurgitation of another tired stereotype about Black women.
Here's how Lifetime describes the show:
Making over their wardrobes, beauty routines, homes and minds, they teach these women how to embrace and celebrate their lives, speak their mind, lighten up and love themselves again. Our four experts carry themselves with a great deal of pride, style and, most importantly, self-confidence. Where does it come from and how can it be obtained? Who better to teach a woman how to get that sparkle in her eye and spring back in her step? Each week, Girlfriend Intervention follows a woman whose personal space and self-esteem are in desperate need of a major makeover and a life-giving dose of diva inspiration.
Lifetime knows exactly what they're doing and how potentially offensive the premise is. It's very telling that the show premieres next week, and there is not a full length trailer to be found on the Internet.
But here's a short preview
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