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by Shyra Gums

Rapper T.I., alongside his wife Tiny and children took a picture for Touch Magazine. The photo shows the family posing in a way similar to that of a photo taken of the fictional Huxtable family from “The Cosby Show.”  T.I. has declared his show, which documents him and his family, “The Hip-Hop Cosby show.” This has been a topic discussed on Street Soldiers, a Bay Area radio show that airs every Sunday on 106 KMEL FM. The biggest question on this show was “Is this a good comparison?”

Now there were a lot of callers who offered deep and thoughtful ideas about the background behind both families. One of, if not, the most obvious difference is that the Cosby family is a made up TV family with a proctored setting. Unlike the Harris family, which is a real family whose live are documented.

The next biggest question is, should we get technical and go into detail about how much background can be analyzed of this? There is a lot of controversy behind this photo. People have already discussed how wrong it is and how there should be no comparisons between the two families. This family has been labeled to the point where a lot of people see this comparison as an insult.

Many times, Atlanta native T.I. spoke of his life and struggles. And how he is now a rapper with a wife and children who were born out of wedlock. This story has been repeatedly placed into the media and in no way does that make T.I. or his family bad people, nor does it make them saints. I'm saying all families are different and I feel that how we are structured should not be “photoshopped.”

Lets also look back at the phrase, “Hip-Hop Cosby show.” This may take on different viewpoints. But when I look at this, I think about “hood” cosby show. The reason why I brought this up is because this is explicitly stereotypical.

Another issue that caught my attention is the “before crack” phase and the “after crack” phase. This is something that Dr. Marshall of the Street Soldiers brought up. Before crack, families were very intact and the mother and father were still together and would discipline their children with the help of members outside of their immediate family, most likely, the grandparents were the ones for extra support. In the after crack generation, grandparents are often the only source of help while our parents bring us into the world out of wedlock and are, most likely, divorced. Mothers and fathers are either working on the “block”, locked up,  barely getting by, or completely out of our lives. Our youth are most likely to go into foster care, with many other half brothers and sisters who we never met.

Another thing to pay attention to is the  behavior and lifestyles of the children from both families. The Cosby kids were disciplined in a way that was not harming, but was eye opening, and very beneficial of lesson learning. However, the Harris children don’t have a lot of restrictions. Being that their parents are rich, everything they get is basically given to them. And the lessons they do learn, are barely enough.

So, there is a little bit of history there for you. Now keep this in mind, these two families come from very different generations, and are shown to the public eye very differently. Do you still think this is a good comparison?
 


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