Am I the only one to feel terribly sad about Earl Simmons (DMX) exposing his very flawed life and serious problems on television? It feels uncomfortable and weird, shaming, pathetic and exploitative. And given the ongoing politics of race in our country, I don’t see how this helps African American male representation at all.

I don’t care if DMX has a new project coming out that he wants to promote. I’ve read one of Iyanla Vazant’s book and enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t take serious and notably intractable issues like domestic abuse or psychiatric concerns to her any more than I’d take them to Dr. Phil.

No one comes out of this looking good.


About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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