Black TV Watch: Phaedra Shows Her Assets on 'Real Housewives'
(The Root) – The ladies from Real Housewives of Atlanta travel to Anguilla for some R&R. But how long will the good vibes last? And Soledad O'Brien examined the many shades of colorism in the black community.
Real Housewives of Atlanta (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET; Bravo)
"I don't know the woman very well, but where is the woman's clothes?" --Porsha
"You showed me some breasteses yesterday; I'm going to show some booty today." --Phaedra
Highlights: After Kim let down the group of women by bailing on their trip to Anguilla, the crew keeps it moving and starts off their couples vacay on a high note. First Kenya puts the pedal to the metal when she gets behind the steering wheel of the boat that's set to take them to their villa. Later she shows that she's all about the fast lane when she nudges (er, shoves) Walter toward the idea of giving her a wedding ring. How long have these two been together, again?
Meanwhile, the other couples are in a romantic mood, sweetly flirting with their respective boos. Even Greg and NeNe have got their cuddle meter on tilt. But as the song goes, it ain't no fun if the homie can't have none. That song must've been on Kenya's brain, because she was openly flirting with Phaedra's hubby, Apollo, pushing him into the pool. (Not for nothing, but Apollo returned the favor, dunking Kenya as well.) Phaedra don't play that. The next day she let everybody know -- especially Apollo -- that she's the only one he should be looking at. The buns have spoken!
Who Is Black in America? (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET; CNN)
"They always called me white girl. I was never ashamed of myself until they taught me to be ashamed." --Nayo Jones
Highlights: In the latest part of Soledad O'Brien's Black in America series, the CNN host explored how color still has a profound effect on African Americans. Pivoting around the idea of the one-drop rule -- a prescribed way to determine one's ancestry and often one's status, based on having at least one black family member -- the show demonstrated how race and color are still controversial issues.
Biracial teen Nayo Jones grapples with looking but not feeling like a young black woman. Another teen, Becca, who has Egyptian ancestry, has an opposite experience. It's easier for her to pass as white, but she is anxious to be accepted as a black woman. It's an often heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting look at the complexities of an attempt to understand one's identity.