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By now anyone who watches VH-1 reality shows knows that Myammee aka Angela Pitts won I Love Money 2. From the episode and a half I watched it seems like she played a smart game. Along with making an alliance with It and Tailor Made, Myammee was memorable for all of the lingerie she wore thorough out the show and her abject fear of getting her hair (weave) wet.
Well the lingerie wearing, weave having Ms. Pitts is $250, 000 richer and a picture perfect example of something I’ve written about before: Hoin’ Pays.
Now for those who don’t know Myammee got her VH-1 reality TV start by vying for Flavor Flav’s affection on Flavor of Love 3. Her diva ways and ability to inspire other women to hate her got her kicked off fairly early on that show, but made her eligible to appear on I Love Money 2, the show for former reality contestants from VH-1’s many dating shows.
Now I write this because I know Ms. Pitts. She graduated form FAMU and while she was there when I was there and as a graduate student in the Journalism School I was tasked with helping her film a portion of her exit exams (we called them Capstones) she needed for graduation. What I learned from working with Ms. Pitts was two things:
1. She’s a Bitch
2. She’s dumb as nails and either needed to marry a rich man or make those double D’s work for her.
I can see from her stint on VH-1 she chose the latter.
Prior to Ms. Pitts sojourn to what used to be a music channel she had appeared in a few music videos and regularly walked around campus with her different color weave and blue eye contacts. Now, from what I can gather she is living her dream, this is what she wanted: to be on tv, in videos, being on the cover of “gentlemen” magazines, etc. Once again I will say this is what she aspired to do.
And the cynical part of me says, who can blame her? She has made more money in a mater of weeks then most people make in a year. She gets to be on TV and have a little fame.So what if she has to show a little ass in the process? She’s rich (relatively speaking) and in this hyper-capitalistic society in which we live it doesn’t matter how you make the money just as long as you make the money.
There are so many blogs that talk about the “Regime of Bullets, Booty and Bling” and awful it is for black women. Many of the same sites go on to lament how could black women debase themselves in such a way? How could they have their ass all over the television and men’s magazines? How could they preen and exploit themselves for the world to see? Have they no shame?
Many then go on to talk about how traitorous these black women are for behaving in such a manner and how the are a shame to the race. And you know, all of that may be true. But Myammee (and Hoopz) are $250,000 richer and New York of I Love New York fame gets $10,000 an episode on her new show for doing random odd jobs for a couple of days. They may be shameful, but they are getting paid and in a world where 65% – 85% of the black population in the States are poor or working class how can I begrudge them their success even if I don’t agree with it?
Any of us over educated black women know that a $250,000 salary ain’t the easiest to come by and most of us aren’t’ going to see one in our lifetimes. Most of us know that once we have kids (married or not) our earning potential drops like a stone. That no matter how many degrees we get we will be making less then our white counterparts and may not be making a middle class income.
So whose right here? The ladies who go to school and do what society deems acceptable and may not have the riches to show it or the ones who flash their asses and their tits and have the money to show for it?
In the end is it money or self respect that makes you sleep easy at night?