Novelist and freelance author Blaze Hemingway says VH1‘s hit reality series Love & Hip-hop Atlanta is an accurate portrayal of Black men all over. The show’s male characters, who are actual rappers, producers and managers in the hip-hop industry, all seem rather different from each other but have we seen these men before?
Many, even those who indulge in LHHATL‘s trashiness, have expressed disappointment with how the show makes both Black men and women look. But according to Blaze, each man represents several more Black men who fall into one of four categories: “the playa, the seeker, Mr. Sensitivity, and the momma’s boy.” Read his quick analysis:
Stevie J., Benzino, Kirk and Lil Scrappy have all contributed to the music industry in some way or form. One would coin the more popular male character, Stevie J., as simply the playa type. He would like nothing more in life than to keep his own personal harem.
Another cast member, Benzino, is the mid-to-late forties man who is in need of finding someone with whom he can settle. Kirk is the sensitive husband-type who is productive at times, but lacks the necessary bravado that women desire; and Lil Scrappy is simply the momma’s boy, a type with which we are all familiar.
As you can see, it is a quality representation of the universal man, particularly the black man. There’s the playa, the seeker, Mr. Sensitivity, and the momma’s boy.
These guys are not necessarily an easy choice for those seeking to date; however, any matter relating to relationships are not expected to be simple. My advice, ladies, take a thorough study of them all.
Shows like this give a terrific blueprint for understanding the opposite sex. Or you could simply date one or two of these types, and end up cried on, cheated on, stalked, or pregnant. Chose wisely.
If you’re completely lost, check out the latest episode of LHHATL below. For those of you that watch, do you think Blaze has a point?