“Know how to live the time that is given you.” ~ Dario Fo
Love and Hip Hop Atlanta is all the rage. It’s fodder for talk around the water cooler and if you’re on Twitter while it’s airing you might as well be watching the show yourself.
Except… I’ve made a conscious decision to not watch the latest reality sensation. Why, you ask? I watched most of the Real Housewives franchise when it was hot and Nene was my gurl! But Love and Hip Hop Atl gets a stiff arm and side eye from me.
Aside from most reality television being exploitive and nonsensical, Love and Hip Hop Atl has caused quite the stir among black people. “It’s degrading to women”, “Why do they (the media) only show us in one light?” While these are valid questions, they aren’t the main reasons I refuse to watch the Steebie J show.
My time is valuable. And not in a pretentious, I’m fake-busy way. But in an I’m trying to accomplish something and do positive things with my life way. I discontinued my cable subscription for the same reason. In a world, where we’re running, working hard to accomplish our dreams, an hour of time is precious and how I choose to spend that time directly relates to what I accomplish.
This isn’t to say that I’m a workaholic robot (some days) devoid of a ratchet bone in my body. Oh I know ratchet. But the time I would spend watching LAHH I could be answering emails, writing or hanging out with friends. I have my entertainment, mostly things that inspire me with their creative value and artistic vision.
And LAHH isn’t the only thing that I question. I wonder if my love of Big Sean and other misogynistic rap music is detrimental or if social media is distracting me from other pursuits. The jury’s still out on those. But what I know is our time is precious and minutes turn into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, weeks into months and months into a lifetime.
For some it’s blocking out blasphemous music or partying. For me it’s Love and Hip-Hop. Pick your poison wisely.
What do you think? How you guard your time?