A New Form of Representation or Depictions as Usual?
Chapter 5. Black Motherhood
“I may not be the best mom but can’t nobody say I didn’t try.”
— Momma Joyce, Kandi’s Wedding.
Even within docusoaps in which the women were not mothers (e.g. Bad Girls Club: Chicago and Blood, Sweat, and Heels), the importance of a mother figure is communicated in some of the women’s interactions. This theme was more apparent in the 2014 analysis than in the 2011 analysis. Geneva is shown video chatting with her mom while they discuss relationships and her career. Her mother offers advice and guidance. In a different episode, Geneva’s mother convinces her to attend a dinner with the other women that was being held to relieve existing tensions. Daisy’s mother comes to support her daughter at her business event. During family day on Bad Girls Club: Chicago, Blu was very excited that her mother was one of the guests who came to visit. The two appear to have a close relationship. Although the main cast does not include mothers, the influence and supportive nature of motherhood are exhibited.
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