Olympic Gold Medal Winner Sanya Richards-Ross Signs Up For Reality TV Show On WE

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 9, 2012 8:22 PM
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And so it begins...

WE TV has picked up a pilot episode for a reality TV series starring Sanya Richards-Ross, who won gold medal in the women’s 400m race. 

Already shot before Richards-Ross left for London for the Olympics, the series will give audiences a look inside the multi-medal-winning athlete's personal life (married to Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross, and also her mother is her agent, her father is her manager, and her sister is her business partner), and professional life, including her physical training as a runner.

It's worth noting that the couple - Sanya and Aaron - have a history with WE TV, having had their wedding featured on the WE TV's Platinum Weddings show.

But expect more reality TV shows starring Olympic athletes to come, because there are apparently lots of producers interested in signing several of these athletes to show deals.

The Sanya Richards-Ross TV pilot falls under a development deal that production Good Clean Fun (producers of Tia & Tamera), have with WE TV.  

Next up? Gabby Douglas? Allyson Felix? Usain Bolt?

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39 Comments

  • Chuck | August 11, 2012 11:40 AMReply

    Go Sanya! Keep making us proud!

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 7:56 PMReply

    CP, put one hand over your bad eye. Now look again-->"Out of the thousands of atheletes who competed at the games, surely they can bring one (who is not being promoted) who shares Lolo's package." Damn, Sanya Richards-Ross has a deal... and has had numorous sponsors. Please read before typing! ... "who is not being promoted"

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 10, 2012 8:17 PM

    WHAT? RELEVANCE? SO NOOOW YOU'RE CAMPAIGNING FOR UNSUNG ATHLETES? IF SO, WHY THE HELL DID YOU BRING LOLO UP IN YHE FIRST PLACE? AND WHAT'S HER PACKAGE AGAIN? NOT PLACING IN YHE OLYMPICS? UH, YEAH. I'M COOL WITH ACTUAL MEDALISTS GETTING THEIR DUE. NOT SURE WHY YOU'RE SO TORN UP ABOUT A CHAMPION GETTING SOME ATTENTION.

  • BluTopaz | August 10, 2012 6:34 PMReply

    Now we have even more sisters winning gold as per about 30 mins ago, including one Tambay referenced in his post. These American girls are KILLING IT.

  • ALM | August 9, 2012 10:52 PMReply

    So if she hadn't won gold the pilot would have never seen the light of day?

  • CareyCarey | August 9, 2012 10:11 PMReply

    She's a two time Olympian, honey-hued good looks and she's the American record holder indoors who has two world indoor titles. Yet, a New York Times piece entitled " Everything Is Image" that ran on August 4, penned by Jere Longman, ripped her to shreds. Nawl, I'm not talking about Sanya Richards-Ross. Listen, I don't watch ANY reality TV... can't do it. But since we're talking about female Olympians from the London games, there is one black woman's reality show I would consider. I would title it "The Burden Of Representation". Look, I'm talking about the trails and tribulations of Lolo Jones. She was the favorite to win Gold at the previous Olympic games (Beijing), in the 100-meter hurdles. She was leading in the final but hit the last hurdle and fell to the ground (she finished 7th). She returned this year. Here's what the writer said "Jones has decided she will be whatever anyone wants her to be — vixen, virgin, victim — to draw attention to herself and the many products she endorses". Oh, did I mention that she is bi-racial AND a virgin? Also, many don't know that when she was in third grade, her family settled in the basement of a Des Moines Iowa Salvation Army church. During the summer when day camps were offered at the church, Jones would wake up early to avoid being teased by other kids if they found out she was living in the basement. Yeah, and the reality -- her reality -- includes her single mother, holding down two jobs to support her family of six. Jones' father ( a black man) spent most of her childhood in the Air Force and later in state prison. She finished 4th this year but she has no plans to retire and would like to still be hurdling at the Rio Games in 2016. She said, "Last night, Gail Devers called me and said she was ... 37 when she got her last medal," Jones said of the two-time Olympic 100-meter champion. Lolo is 30. I would love to see a reality show chronicling her journey before, during and after these Olympics, leading to the next. Think about that. A thirty year old Olypic virgin, bi-racial black women who takes slack from blacks and whites -- because of her looks. Jones is backed by big-name sponsors and has appeared on magazine covers, including a recent issue of "Time." Her charisma and childhood narrative -- living in a church basement in Iowa -- only add to a story that has made her one of the most marketable and high-profile athletes on the U.S. Olympic team.

  • BluTopaz | August 13, 2012 9:12 AM

    "Shiiiit, I know plenty of white "babies mommas"."

    Except your actual comment stated: "baby mamma drama SISTERS". But that's ok, uncle Ben--those possible baby drama sisters have brought home plenty of gold. Maybe you can tweet your girl and console her.

  • CareyCarey | August 12, 2012 1:14 PM

    Proven WRONG!!??? Listen, the rolly polly ol'rambling-handkerchief head from Iowa says POPPYCOCK! Yeah, that's right... @ Popeye's nemesis, the bearded funky Bluto, CP, Chuckwagon and Mr. Sorry Advice, you haters are doing nothing more that swimming in a sea of circle-jerkness. Look, the post opened with an Olympian signing on to do a reality show. Now, as we all know when a project hits this spot, the normal affair -- day in and day out -- a thousand times over, commenters add their suggestions/opinions on who they would like to see in said projects. I am RIGHT about that? Yawl know I am, so pick your lips up off the floor **LAUGHING AT THE HATERS** ... Moving forward... Consequently, when this post hit, I simply made a suggestion (check the comments, haters) who I thought could hold down a reality TV show. But NOOOOOO, the haters and kneejerks (the usual suspects) came out with their usual "cloaked" hate against the light-skinned sister. And then -- as usual -- the conversations drifts... "runners in this competition are Black women". WHAT? Yeah, see what I'm talking about... WTH was that? This conversation is about the Olympic competition and it's competitors (ALL WOMEN) and those who could carry a reality tv program. Shiiiit, I know plenty of white "babies mommas". So in the end, as a blind man can see, the haters will continue to hate. And they will TRY to shift the conversation in an attempt to win an obscure small "argument" and get other fools to follow them along that shitty road of nonsense and tomfoolery. HOWEVER, CareyCarey will stand on his and say -- as I said in the beginning -- Lolo Jones would be MY pick (from all the Olympians) to headline a reality TV show. Now wrong THAT!

  • A Word of Advice | August 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    @Blutopaz, don't bother getting detailed with CareyCarey. He is one of those rolly polly debaters who, when proven wrong, tries to make the conversation about something else. That's why he types a million sentences, hoping to distract from the point. He's been ethered. It's done.

  • BluTopaz | August 11, 2012 10:18 PM

    "Plenty OF BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMEN [ not speaking directly to any one particular runner!]run track, but to the PROVEN victors goes the spoils [proven means history y'all]. What company is going endorse or take a chance on a possible [POSSIBLE] "babies mammas drama" sister until she proven she can maintain her respectability and athletic prowess?"

    It does not matter if you are not speaking to any particular runner, the other runners in this competition are Black women and you used those particular words to describe them. You keep telling on yourself with your extreme ignorance, then get heated when called out on it. You were the first person to bring up this woman's complexion and racial make-up AS MARKETING ADVANTAGES. And the history of at least one other runner has been provided to you, but you still have on lightskinndeded glasses and can't see anything else; other than brown skinned Black women as "possible baby mamma drama". Black women who look like the actual medal winners make up the overwhelming majority of our women's Olympic runners, so don't try to backtrack. At one point Allyson Felix was referred to as "the fastest girl in the world", and if you actually followed track as you have claimed you would know that. Now she (and Sanya) have several gold medals to bring home. So now the real question is, now that your girl has been overshadowed, it is time for you to be proactive since you have been following her career for decades. Why not write her biopic and ask that chick in the mulatta thread if she would like to play her?

  • CareyCarey | August 11, 2012 2:36 PM

    It's simple Chuck. Compliments are given by various means. One is not obsessed with an object or person if they say, he, she, it's "pleasing to the eye". Let's face it, if we consider television personalities, it's very seldom an "ugly" woman is seen in newsrooms, as sports broadcaster or our normal reality show sistahs (even if we don't like them). So, in my first comment I said I don't do reality television BUT I then listed why I thought Lolo had an interesting storyline, which BY THE WAY includes her looks. Truth be told, her "looks" are at the root of much of her problems. And we all know controversy sells. And I was simply supporting my argument. Now Chuck, reference realitys shows and business ( we are talking reality shows = business), why do you believe Sanya is a better choice/package?

  • Chuck | August 11, 2012 11:47 AM

    If he's not obsessed with Lolo's looks, why did he say: "I just know there's a huge backstory and she's pleasing to the eye." I would never watch a show about that woman. She's decent looking, but I don't like her attitude. She believes her own hype. Plus, Sanya is the total package!

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 10, 2012 8:05 PM

    YET THE SECOND THING YOU SAID ABOUT HER REFERRED TO HER BEAUTY & COMPLEXION. HMMMM.

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 7:46 PM

    Btw, @ the Knuckleheads, if you've been reading along, Bondgirl identified my interests in Ms. Jones -- 20 comments ago. Look, my daughter was a national track champion in the 800 meters, who also ran in the Drake Relays. She went to the University of Kentucky. I am from Iowa and I was a track coach for many years, so it's natural that I've been following Lolo Jones since she was a young kid (Lolo is from Iowa). So all those sexual innuendos ( i.e, "hard on for this chick" and "color struck", "gorgeous, amazing body"... "YOUR HARD ON FOR THE LOSER") are totally offbase.

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 10, 2012 7:39 PM

    NAW, IT'S ALL YOU. HER COMPLEXION WAS THE SECOND THING YOU MENTIONED WHEN TOSSING LOLO INTO THE COVERSATION. AND SANYA HAD TWO TEAM GOLD MEDALS AND SIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO HER NAME PRE-LONDON, COMPARED TO LOLO'S TWO WORLD TITLES AND NO MEDALS. ON TOP OF ALL THAT, SANYA IS THREE YEARS YOUNGER YET HAS MADE IT TO THE OLYMPICS MORE TIMES THAN YOUR GIRL. SO, ONCE AGAIN, MISS JONES DOESN'T MEASURE UP. YOU CAN THROW AS BIG A FIT AS YOU WANT, BUT YOU INTRODUCED LADY IRRELEVANCY TO THIS CONVERSATION AND YOU CLEARLY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 7:23 PM

    ONE MORE TIME for the hard of hearing and reading challenged-->"Plenty OF BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMEN [ not speaking directly to any one particular runner!]run track, but to the PROVEN victors goes the spoils [proven means history y'all]. What company is going endorse or take a chance on a possible [POSSIBLE] "babies mammas drama" sister until she proven she can maintain her respectability and athletic prowess? [AGAIN, READ IT THERE. -->(English 101) NO PARTICULAR SISTER, AND DRAMA DOES NOT MEAN GUTTER TRASH] Lolo has been in the game A LONG TIME and still has WORLD RECORDS, and world class standings to PROVE AND JUSTIFY her worth. And, it's advertising 101 that a person must have great speaking skill, nice smile, and little baggage. That's what's behind Lolo's tears. She has put in over two decades [ONE MORE TIME... TWO DECADES] of hard work; sweat, pain and sacrifice, but now some haters -- and the uniformed -- are trying to minimize her accomplishments and rewards to a "look/image". So who's really obsessed with her color? Me think it's CP & Blutopaz, not I. Listen, I wish those who have other atheletes with creditial such as Lolo's, would please bring them to the table. I mean, my point is proven (it's in black and white in the record books) and I doubt they can bring a worthy contentor. Out of the thousands of atheletes who competed at the games, surely they can bring one (who is not being promoted) who shares Lolo's package. Look, Lolo has been with some of these companies for years, so make sure you know what you're talking about when you bring a worthy contenter. And remember, it's not about one medal nor the place an athelete finished in this one race. Now let me also remind you guys that Sanya Richards-Ross had endorsements and sponsors before the game (and she had never won a Gold medal). AND many many other atheletes did too. In fact, so many had large companies behind them that the Olympic commitee barred every competitor in the whole damn games from tweeting about their connections to sponsors. Lolo Jones, is not the only athelete (by a long shot) to receive money and not win a Gold medal. You guys simply do not know what you're talking about. Your fixation on her light complexion is-simply- sad.

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 10, 2012 5:44 PM

    SIMPLE, SIMPLE CAREYCAREY. NO INTELLIGENT RESPONSE TO FACTS, SO WHEN YOUR SPURIOUS ARGUMENTS FAIL, YOU LASH OUT . IT'S PATHETIC. NO ONE'S BOTHERING YOU, MAN; YOU DISRUPTED THE CONVERSATION, TRYING TO PROMOTE AN OLYMPIC LOSER WHOSE HOUSEHOLD NAME HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH HER LOOKS AND, WHEN NO ONE WENT FOR THAT, YOU LOST YOUR SHIT. THE FACT THAT THAT YOU'RE ATTACKING A COMMENTOR'S APPEARANCE & ACCUSING FOLK OF FINGER FUCKING (ISN'T YOUR DAUGHTER A LESBIAN?) FURTHER PROVES WHAT YOUR TRUE INTEREST IN JONES IS. ANYWAY, CONGRATS TO ALL THE ATHLETES WHO EARNED THEIR SPOTS ON THE PODIUM AND IN THE MEDIA. TO THE REST, ENJOY IT FOR NOW!

  • BluTopaz | August 10, 2012 5:03 PM

    Perhaps you can explain the "possible baby mammas" reference, because the athletes who medaled are the only other women who have been discussed in this thread who are not "omg did you hear she's bi-racial and a virgin ya'll?!!"-And I do sincerely apologize for calling you a black bastard (handkerchief head STANDS), but the 'who cares about some baby mammas' from out of nowhere made me clutch the pearls. And no one is ff'ing each other, I was truly done with the convo until I read that little gem.

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 4:47 PM

    WHAT? So now I am a black bastard? I was done with this thread until your last comment. Who said anything about the "winning medals sisters"??!! I surely did not, Bluto. AND... "hard on for this chick" and "gutter trash" and "color struck"? WTF are you talking about now? Excuse my french but you and CP should stop finger-fucking each other b/c it's obvious that the both of you are scratching the wrong itch (and reading what's not there) but you guys seem to be getting some form of faux-satisfaction from each other. Damn, a clown on the left of me and a joker at my right... sho flies don't bother me, I'm done with this today. Oh, wait, Blutopaz, I am going to give you a pass today for calling me a black bastard. Yeah, I've seen your photo and it's not a pretty sight (YICKS!), but I am not stooping down with you -- today. But... **shaking my finger at you** :-(

  • BluTopaz | August 10, 2012 4:07 PM

    "What company is going endorse or take a chance on a possible "babies mammas drama" sister until she proven she can maintain her respectability and athletic prowess?"

    ???????????????????? You have graduated from handkerchief head to confirmed ignant, mush-mouth, slave catching black bastard. There is NOTHING in either of the winning medals sisters that would indicate they are made of "possible babies mamma drama". Kellie Wells has stated she would like to use her platform to help other victims of rape. As for Wells, she has this to say about her Olympic experience: ""I want to do something for my city,'' she said. "I want to throw a party. I want to give back. I want to say, 'You have done so, so much to appreciate me, and I want to show I appreciate you.'" What has the non-medal placing chick done, besides whine about not winning? http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/story/_/id/8245396/2012-olympics-dawn-harper-kellie-wells-get-medals-lolo-jones-gets-attention

    Who cares that you have a hard on for this chick, but for you to imply these other young ladies are gutter trash is reprehensible and yeah, color struck as CP so hilariously stated. But if you want to read comments that agree with you, check out some of the 'other' boards where comments refer to Harpers and Wells as racist names I won't repeat. Then you can come back in another thread squawking about why can't Black people support each other.

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 10, 2012 3:36 PM

    YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT. AN ACTUAL GOLD MEDALIST IS GETTING A REALITY TV SHOW, SOMEONE WHO, NOT EVEN COUNTING THE OLYMPICS, HAS ACHIEVED A LOT MORE THAN LOLO JONES. SHE JUST DOESN'T EVEN COMPARE TO SANYA. MAYBE TRY TO LOOK PAST YOUR HARD ON FOR THE LOSER AND DO SOME RESEARCH OF YOUR OWN. NOTHING YOU'VE SAID ABOUT MAKES HER A MORE WORTHY SUBJECT THAN THE ACTUAL MEDALED ATHLETES. THEY'VE ALL WORKED HARD, THEY'VE ALL OVERCOME ADVERSITY, AND THEY ACHIEVED GREATNESS...WITHOUT THE SHALLOW PUBLIC ADULATION, HANDHOLDING, AND MEDIA-WHORING. THE BACKLASH IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TALK BIG, COURT THE PRESS, AND FAIL TO BACK IT UP. THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN SAY TO MAKE JONES BETTER THAN ANY OF THESE OTHER WOMEN; SHE JUST ISN'T. LIGHTER-SKINNED, YES. MORE TALENTED, DEDICATED, OR ACCOMPLISHED? HELL NO. LET IT GO.

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 2:58 PM

    "Who wants a FOURTH place winner for TV ad? Too bad the other women are not, let's say as "marketable" in Madison Ave's eyes for any endorsements". P-P-P-PLEASE, you guys are missing the point and obviously have not done your homework. First, why aren't the "other women" as marketable? Truth is, they don't have a history of track success, nor world records (and American records) as Lolo. It's that simple. Plenty of beautiful black women run track, but to the PROVEN victors goes the spoils. What company is going endorse or take a chance on a possible "babies mammas drama" sister until she proven she can maintain her respectability and athletic prowess? Lolo has been in the game A LONG TIME and still has world records, and world class standing to prove her worth. Besides, you guys have to understand the hurt behind Lolo's tears. It's NOT about future endorsements. Listen, elite athletes in track & field pay a huge price to even get in the top 10 of world class athletes in their chosen "races" or field event (Lolo has been there for over 6 years! Their lives are not normal to say the least. They train practically every day of their lives (loooong boring hours in the gym and on the track, lonely travel, strict diets) which means they are not free to do the things that you and I take for granted. In many cases, committed relationships are out of the question. That's what's behind Lolo's tears. She has put in over TWO DECADES of hard work; sweat, pain and sacrifice, but now some haters -- and the uniformed -- are trying to minimize her accomplishments and rewards to a "look/image". Please, there's a cost to be the boss and Lolo has certainly paid her dues. So y'all better talk about something that you KNOW, and not kneejerk with the rest of the closed-eyed minions.

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 10, 2012 1:21 PM

    IT'S ONLY "SILLINESS" BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY TO THE TRUTH. FOR SOMEONE SO OPPOSED TO INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS, YOU SHOLL DO YOU LOVE YOU SOME PRODUCTS OF IT! STOP BESMIRCHING A CHAMPION'S THREAD WITH YOUR COLORSTRUCK IDIOCY.

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 1:09 PM

    @Comment Police, I am not going to engage in your silliness today. I mean, it's obvious that you're just being cynical b/c who's talking about "inspiring"... and "exotic"... and failing twice at their job? Listen, if you don't know... you should ask before you speak... Top tier track & field atheletes (Lolo is in that group) are paid quite handsomely throughout EVERY YEAR. The best command large sums for appearance fees alone and THEN they are rewarded with money for how they place in various meets around the world -- EVERY YEAR. So Lolo has not "failed" at her job. So she is more than deserving of her endosements which -- many -- have little to do with her looks. So again CP, miss me with your "google search" rethoric.

  • BluTopaz | August 10, 2012 1:00 PM

    @ COMMENT POLICE: Exactly. Let's ask ourselves if a chocolate hued, very attractive sister who did not win gold in the 2 Olympics would still be the positive focus over the athletes who actually did. A whole lot of Black folks are flies in the buttermilk and still overcome major adversity--and? Same goes for guys in this context, if Usain wasn't still kicking butt and taking names there would be no interest.

  • sergio | August 10, 2012 12:53 PM

    I have to say it but I want to thank you two for for time saved. I was seriously considering writing a piece about how a mediocrity like Lolo Jones who's never won an Olympic medal and who barely (and I mean BARELY) qualified for this year's U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team was getting more publicity which he aggressively worked for and more commercial endorsements than the two other runners who beat her. The answer is pretty obvious. And now Jones goes crying on TV the media is mean to her after playing it like a fiddle to get more stories about her than any other athlete. What's she's really crying about is that those endorsements are over. Who wants a FOURTH place winner for TV ad? Too bad the other women are not, let's say as "marketable" in Madison Ave's eyes for any endorsements.

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 10, 2012 12:45 PM

    NOTHING INSPIRING ABOUT CAPITALIZING OFF OF YOUR "EXOTIC," MEDIA FRIENDLY LOOKS AND FAILING TWICE AT YOUR JOB. LOLO DOESN'T DESERVE HER ENDORSEMENTS, A REALITY SHOW, OR EVEN TO HAVE HER NAME MENTIONED IN A GOLD MEDAL WINNER'S ARTICLE. SHE'S A GOOD ATHLETE, JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

  • BluTopaz | August 10, 2012 12:28 PM

    "And, as Miles Ellison said "in today's environment, no one is watching a reality show in any kind of profitable numbers unless it involves women screaming at each other, throwing drinks, pulling off weaves"." Pessimistic, lazy thinking. Welcome to Sweetie Pies is saving Oprah. There are plenty grown folks who are tired of the other mess, tv execs need to do more focus groups. And for me to be interested in any more of Lolo there would have to be discussion included about how the public treats someone who is ambiguosly Black vs. others; ain't enough reality tv in the world for THAT to happen.

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 12:10 PM

    Blutopaz, I believe we are agreeing. I was simply suggesting that Lolo's journey would seem to be perfect "fodder" for reality TV (she already is a "name"). You know, she could come with positive messages of a black woman taking care of her business with a little drama in the mix. And since "we" seem to always get entrenched in "debate" about who's black, she's not black and what does it mean to be black, Lolo's storyline would be a perfect vehicle to enrich that conversation. Personally, I wouldn't be interested in watching a show on the life of Sanya-Richards Ross. And, as Miles Ellison said "in today's environment, no one is watching a reality show in any kind of profitable numbers unless it involves women screaming at each other, throwing drinks, pulling off weaves". But if you and JMac are cool with the Sanya Ross angle, I have no complaints.

  • BluTopaz | August 10, 2012 11:47 AM

    Yes I know about Lolo's hard scrabble life, mulatta-ness and virginity. And heard about it. And heard about it....The controversy surrounding the media blitz of Lolo over her teammates Harper and Wells continues (who actually won medals, neither had rosy lives themselves). I get that one is usually chosen to represent for various, ahem, reasons. But being that I'm not a fan of reality tv anyway because of the tendency to over-share and manufactured drama, I agree with JMAC: "if this one features an active, fit, family-focused black woman handling herself and business with sense and intelligence then I won't be against it." Allyson Felix is another athlete who is a great inspiration: gorgeous, amazing body, Christian (if that's your thing), and has a great story also.

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 11:02 AM

    @ Blutopaz, I've read The Bluest Eye and many of Toni Morrison's novels (if not all of them), so I beg to differ. This post is about Sanya Richards-Ross, however, more importantly it's also about reality TV , and by a natural extention... the good, the bad and all it's complexities. OR, it's possible it would not have appeared on this blog. Besides, if you read The Bluest Eye, surely you know that Pecola's journey/story has little in common with Lolo's. So maybe you were just being facetious - huh?

  • BluTopaz | August 10, 2012 10:30 AM

    This post is about Sanya-Richards Ross, not Maureen Peal (google The Bluest Eye).

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 8:07 AM

    ...there's a special type of endurance one has to have in order to live around white people and maintain one's blackness and SANITY!

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 6:48 AM

    What'sup Bondgirl. You're probably right... it is a hometown pride thang. Like Gabby (who had to live in Iowa to train for the last 2 years) there's a special type of endurance one has to have in order to live around white people and maintain one's blackness. It can be a huge struggle. In Lolo's case, as I mentioned, her journey was much more complicated. I met Lolo at the Drake Relays but I don't "know" her. Plus, I didn't watch any of her interviews nor have I read any of the controversy surrounding her Olympic experiences in London. I did see that she apologized about a gun "tweet" and has had some "dust ups" with her fellow American atheletes, but I didn't read any details. So it is possible that she's simply not a "likable" person (I don't know). I just know there's a huge backstory and she's pleasing to the eye.

  • bondgirl | August 10, 2012 12:56 AM

    Carey, I realize you have hometown pride for Lolo but Sanya Richards-Ross is very engaging. She seems very authentic, whereas Lolo made me like her less the more she spoke to Jay Leno. Maybe I'll youtube some other interviews, and it'll show differently but from what I've seen so far, WE made the right choice.

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 12:17 AM

    Well Miles, the begging question is who's the target audience for Sanya Richards-Ross? Unless there's something hiding in her closet, WE TV thinks differently. But think about it... in Lolo there's loads of drama, controversy, pain and struggle. There's a treasure (a storyline)in just being an attractive virgin. There's more. How does she spend her days? Does she date? Does she embrace her blackness? How does she address her haters? There's a storyline about her father and their relationship. Hey, maybe she has resorted to no-panty-short brawls. Listen, although she favors her mother's "whiteness" and facial features, she did attend a high school in Iowa in a black neighborhood of Des Moines. So I know she can get down if she has to. Granted, stories of perserverance and marriage before sex are not normal affair for today's reality TV, but I guess I see a reality show with huge potential, and I don't believe I am alone in that thought.

  • Miles Ellison | August 9, 2012 11:03 PM

    All very inspiring, but let's face it, in today's environment, no one is watching a reality show in any kind of profitable numbers unless it involves women screaming at each other, throwing drinks, pulling off weaves, or engaging in public no-panty-short-skirt brawls.

  • thetruth | August 9, 2012 9:31 PMReply

    Get ready for the mistresses to come out of the wood works!

  • JMac | August 9, 2012 8:42 PMReply

    Sick of reality shows but if this one features an active, fit, family-focused black woman handling herself and business with sense and intelligence then I won't be against it.

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