‘Love In The City:’ A Refreshing Take On Black Women And Reality TV
Saturday night, while most of you were probably out, I was at home sitting comfortably on my couch watching a new episode of Love In The City.
Last year, OWN previewed the first episode of the new reality show. Love In The City centers around four friends in NYC as they navigate life:
Big Cities are never easy to navigate, but these four fabulous women, Kiyah, Bershan, Chenoa, and Tiffany are taking NYC head on. Having known each other for over ten years, they are close enough to always keep it real. Through their laughter, romances, and life-altering struggles, they are learning that there is much more than just sex in the city. They don’t always see eye-to-eye and spend a lot of time dealing with conflicts that arise between their big personalities. But underneath it all, they have an incredibly strong bond and always support each other as they deal with their own unique life challenges.
The description of the show is a familiar one. We have seen other reality shows that were supposed to focus on the lives of (black) women as they navigate life, romances and more (Blood, Sweat, and Heels, Married to Medicine, Real Housewives of Atlanta) but instead they became shows filled with drama, or the producers of the shows chose to only focus on the drama. We haven’t really seen a reality show about black women that wasn’t filled with name calling, fighting (physical or verbal) or disrespectful behavior. Love In The City may be the reality show we’ve been waiting for.
I really appreciate that the relationship between the women is genuine; they love and support one another unconditionally. They may disagree; but they work it out immediately and move on. They cry together through each other’s trials and celebrate each other’s victories.
What I also enjoy about this show, and what I think so many others really appreciate about the show, is that we get to see real women going through some REAL LIFE issues. Tiffany and Bershan are breast cancer survivors. We watch as Tiffany prepares for plastic surgery after having a double mastectomy. Bershan is weighing her options when it comes to conceiving. Kiyah is a woman who turns 40 soon and is ready to have a child; at the same time she finally decides to move back to New York after never really having a stable home because she is always on the road. Finally, viewers witness the pain Chenoa goes through after separating from her husband of 13 years. I appreciate their honesty to share some very intimate parts of their lives while also sharing jewels of wisdom along the way.
While I do indulge in the foolishness that is Real Housewives of Atlanta (don’t judge me…), I can definitely appreciate a show like Love In The City. Honestly, it is a reflection of any group of girlfriends who are trying to figure out life and genuinely love and support each other along the way. The stories of these women are a reminder that we all go through some ish, but what is important it is how we recover and the support system we have around us.
Have you watched Love In The City? If so, what do you think of the show? Anyone else feel like it’s a modern day ‘Sex in the City’ but with real women?
Check out Love in The City on Saturdays at 10pm on OWN.
P.S Did anyone attend the viewing party at Bar 7 in DC?? I’m disappointed I didn’t know about it!