Harlem Heights, BET's latest "reality tv" series, is the show everyone has been waiting for.
It's a positive show that will follow eight 20something African-Americans who all live in Harlem. These individuals are go-getters, movers and shakers. For the most part, they appear to be much better role models than we've ever seen on BET's programming. By far this show, which debuted on Monday, is much better than College Hill, the reality show that [in my opinion] failed to capture the essence of a black college experience.
Harlem Heights [or HH] is an excellent effort to give people what they've been dying and asking for -- a positive show that depicts young blacks trying to do the right thing. But is that really entertaining? To be honest, not really. The first two shows really didn't include any heated drama or anyone getting involved in an sexually-charged moments. It was pretty boring in that sense. Not saying that's a bad thing...I'm just stating what we didn't see.
On the first show, BET captured the buzz around the 2008 election and how these characters celebrated the historic victory.
Leading up to Barack Obama's win they engaged in conversations with each other about what this election meant. It was good solid conversation. However, it seemed heavily scripted. But that's no surprise for reality TV. I just expected this show to be a little different.
One of the characters, Jason, is a father of a young daughter and he had a conversation with her about the importance of an Obama victory. I thought it was a good moment for the show, but it just seemed very scripted and not really too believable. Nice try though.
The second show was a little less impressive. The show was brought down by the phony beef surrounding two of girls on the show.
One of them, Brooke, was identified as the ex-girlfriend of Kanye West. Smh. Well, it turns out the two girls used to be friends and then they drifted a part from each other. Then they tried to work it all out at a birthday party. Really?? C'mon, we gotta have better story lines than that!!!
I thought Landon's character is a great example of a young black man on the rise. He talks to his father about his future. He speaks to youngsters in the community and really seems to be trying to make a difference.
I also have to make quick mention of the fashion in the show. It was clear stylist June Ambrose was hard at work making this cast into an upscale dressed bunch that would have youngsters trying to copy-cat their style and swag. The girls looked great. Hands down.
Overall, the first two episodes leaves you wanting much more. I think it has great potential. I hope to see much deeper story lines and some more believable moments. The narration throughout the show also made me feel like I was watching Moesha. Remember that? LOL.
Bravo to BET for taking a step in the right direction. But for right now the show is good, but not quite great. It's definitely about time we have a show that we can be proud of. I hope that this is it. It kind of reminds me of my friends and I. Hopefully others can see themselves in this show and more importantly, hopefully this will inspire youngsters to see that they can be more than sexy video vixens and paper-chasing rappers. We'll see how this all plays out. I'll definitely be watching...
What does everyone else think???