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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com An amazing lady by the name of Alexis M. has engaged in a one-woman campaign to take on the dastardly behemoth otherwise known as “ Basketball Wives .” As a woman on a mission, Alexis has accumulated thousands of signatures for her petition to stop the production of spinoff “Ev and Ocho,” featuring the always-angry Evelyn Lozada and her peculiar fiancé Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson . [ione_facebook_like_box url_segment=newsoneofficial] When it was reported that the online petition against Evelyn Lozada was gaining steam, all I could say was “yes lawud.”  I love the idea of a real woman standing up to the bully and reclaiming the image of Black women across the globe. Alexis M. has begun contacting major corporations to ask that they spend their advertising dollars elsewhere.   She is also getting support from those of us who are tired of seeing women of color portrayed as feminine gang bangers, getting in each other’s faces and slapping one another to the ground.   It’s nearly impossible to teach young people to avoid violence when it seems that these 30-somethings always turn to violence as the first resort. Watch Evelyn’s fight with fellow cast member Royce Reed during Season 3 here: [ione_embed src=http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:videolist:vh1.com:1665664/cp~instance%3Dfullepisode%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26id%3D1665664%26instance%3Dfullepisode%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideolist%3Avh1.com%3A1665664 service=mtv width=512 height=288] When I see the image of Evelyn’s snarling face, I can’t help but visualize her as the angry kid in kindergarten, throwing violent temper tantrums when she didn’t get her way.  I then see her as the “Queen Bee” in middle school, as she points out the overweight girl with zits and murders the child’s self-esteem every morning in front of the class.  Finally, I see Evelyn as the prom queen, living under the false assumption that her looks are a “get-out-of-jail-free” card that allows her to hurt other people and get away with it. Well, sorry, Evelyn, the jig is up . You aren’t going to bully us anymore, and there is someone willing to stand up to women like you. I am proud of Alexis M. for attempting the impossible and finally being the person who holds Evelyn accountable.   Alexis represents all the little girls who become suicidal after relentless bullying by the Evelyn Lozada wannabes being created each night by VH1.   She represents the overweight, depressed 12-year-old who loses friends because the Queen Bee makes others not want to be associated with her. Evelyn’s activities on this show are not only disgraceful, but they play a direct role in creating hatred in places where we could have just as easily created compassion.  Standing up to the bully in public doesn’t just make us feel better, it serves to protect all the children across the country who are being terrorized by bullies themselves.  It is for these reasons that I say, Run, Alexis, run,” we’re all rooting for you. Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and author of the forthcoming book, “The RAPP Sheet: Rising Above Psychological Poison.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

Dr. Boyce: Basketball Wives Boycott Gains Thousands of Followers – Awesome

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com
An amazing lady by the name of Alexis M. has engaged in a one-woman campaign to take on the dastardly behemoth otherwise known as “Basketball Wives.”

As a woman on a mission, Alexis has accumulated thousands of signatures for her petition to stop the production of spinoff “Ev and Ocho,” featuring the always-angry Evelyn Lozada and her peculiar fiancé Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.

[ione_facebook_like_box url_segment=newsoneofficial]

When it was reported that the online petition against Evelyn Lozada was gaining steam, all I could say was “yes lawud.”  I love the idea of a real woman standing up to the bully and reclaiming the image of Black women across the globe.

Alexis M. has begun contacting major corporations to ask that they spend their advertising dollars elsewhere.   She is also getting support from those of us who are tired of seeing women of color portrayed as feminine gang bangers, getting in each other’s faces and slapping one another to the ground.   It’s nearly impossible to teach young people to avoid violence when it seems that these 30-somethings always turn to violence as the first resort.

Watch Evelyn’s fight with fellow cast member Royce Reed during Season 3 here:

[ione_embed src=http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:videolist:vh1.com:1665664/cp~instance%3Dfullepisode%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26id%3D1665664%26instance%3Dfullepisode%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideolist%3Avh1.com%3A1665664 service=mtv width=512 height=288]

When I see the image of Evelyn’s snarling face, I can’t help but visualize her as the angry kid in kindergarten, throwing violent temper tantrums when she didn’t get her way.  I then see her as the “Queen Bee” in middle school, as she points out the overweight girl with zits and murders the child’s self-esteem every morning in front of the class.  Finally, I see Evelyn as the prom queen, living under the false assumption that her looks are a “get-out-of-jail-free” card that allows her to hurt other people and get away with it.

Well, sorry, Evelyn, the jig is up. You aren’t going to bully us anymore, and there is someone willing to stand up to women like you.

I am proud of Alexis M. for attempting the impossible and finally being the person who holds Evelyn accountable.   Alexis represents all the little girls who become suicidal after relentless bullying by the Evelyn Lozada wannabes being created each night by VH1.   She represents the overweight, depressed 12-year-old who loses friends because the Queen Bee makes others not want to be associated with her.

Evelyn’s activities on this show are not only disgraceful, but they play a direct role in creating hatred in places where we could have just as easily created compassion.  Standing up to the bully in public doesn’t just make us feel better, it serves to protect all the children across the country who are being terrorized by bullies themselves.  It is for these reasons that I say, Run, Alexis, run,” we’re all rooting for you.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and author of the forthcoming book, “The RAPP Sheet: Rising Above Psychological Poison.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.




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  1. Good for U Alexis! These women like Evelyn or even NeNe of ATL housewives allow themselves to be exploited to sell a most vile image for their profit. They R self centered, clueless, women who have NO regard or care for the effect of their image & antics on other Black women especially youth. That whole uber materialistic, all about the $$$$ & status game is so played in a system that is both financially & morally bankrupt. It gives or women & girls the impression that money, the things it buys & being seen is all that’s important.

  2. AWESOME! Wish I would have thought to do this myself. Raising girls in this day and age is very hard. There are so many misrepresentations of who we are as black women. It’s sad that any woman would get on television and act a fool! If she doesn’t see anything wrong with it, then you pretty much know … what you see is really what you get.

    >>>>> going to sign that petition!

  3. Does anyone see a connection with the bullying that has become pervasive, among our school children, especially our young girls. This program is not only crude and in poor taste, it sends a message that get our young people hurt.

  4. Shaunie is a “USER”, she has gotten rich off the two fools Evelyn and Tammy.There was a church sermon recently about these two dysfunctional fools. It’s over Shunie, just hop nop one uses your kids like this in the future. What goes aroung comes around.

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