Reality Stars Yandy Smith, Emily B, Somaya Reece & More Join Forces At WEEN’s Project Realism

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I am so upset that I missed this event! I had a press pass to attend but I had to work on various projects for Universal Republic. Anyway, last night Wednesday (August 29), reality stars Yandy Smith, Emily B, Somaya Reece, MaShonda (Love & Hip-Hop), Adrienne Bailon (Empire Girls), Andrea Kelly (Hollywood Exes), and Meeka Claxton (Basketball Wives) joined forces for the PROJECT REALism at New York’s Helen Mills Theater. The event took place to discuss reality TV and its impact on young women. The women on the panel, held by WEEN, gave the people who were in attendance a chance to voice their opinions about reality TV as well as ways to create a more positive way for women of color on reality shows.

According to celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie, “The majority of the panel expressed that they joined their respective shows because they wanted to show the working side of women and their personal empowerment but unfortunately they do not get to control editing. They also expressed that parents should take more responsibility for their children and what they are allowed to watch. The biggest point made was that a lot of shows that portray women in a negative light are getting the highest ratings and the only way networks will stop airing those type of shows is if people stop tuning in. All of the panelists that are actively on shows made a point to never be physical while filming but they encouraged women that the best and ONLY way to see change is to continue to tune in to the positive shows and boycott the negative ones.”

Via Necole Bitchie

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