Yesterday saw the launch of Big Brother UK 2011. I’m not a massive fan of the show, the appeal of watching the crazy antics of fame-whores does wear thin after about 10 years. But I always tune into the launch to see who would come in and hope that there’ll for once be a positive representation of black females. Every year I’m disappointed.

Almost everyday you hear of  reports of black women not being attractive, black women having attitude and or just being sex objects. Big Brother does nothing to help this.

This year we have Heaven Africa. The 30 year old holistic healer who believes she is not human. The vegan once dreamt of being prime minister and a forensic psychologist, but she did not finish her GCSE’s. She has lived alone for the past seven years and hopes to meet a steady, strong man and have seven children. Oh yes, and fulfilling the “black woman with attitude” she claims she will speak her mind to housemates and won’t be afraid to tell them if they look bad.

Heaven Africa, Big Brother UK 2011 contestant

I’m aware I’m going on a short profile video but, this doesn’t give me much hope. After the awful representations of black women in the past I fear that this year Big Brother will be no different.

I mean who could forget Makosi? First time round she claimed to be pregnant with fellow housemate, Anthony’s baby and wanted to name it Jacuzzi. Second time round she wasn’t so bad but she was accused of having “tactical showers” to best show off her ahem assets.

(Left) The Jacuzzi incident (right) Makosi entering the BB house for a second time

Then you had Alexandra De-Gale who got thrown off the show for threatening other housemates. Speaking to another contestant after one of many, many arguments she said, “We are just inside the house. I’ve got a very, very, very, very, very strong team outside the house. I just can’t wait to see my mans and them and see what their plans are, who they got… I’m not talking about those mans, I’m talking about my gangster friends. They got some instructions to follow out.”

These are the comments that got her thrown out after many warnings from Big Brother and 433 complaints to Ofcom about her behavior.

Alex De-Gale BB contestant who was thrown off the show for "bullying"


I could go on but I’d be repeating myself as Big Brother never seems to steer away from negative stereotypes of black women.

Who knows what Heaven Africa might bring to the show? But I don’t hold my breath?

What do you think of Heaven Africa? Why do you think Big Brother always sticks to these stereotypes?

Share your thoughts!

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One Response

  1. Billy

    I thought she seemed brilliant, and again on last night’s show. Yes she has a somewhat stereotypical attitude but she isn’t tough-she’s a vegan healer after all-clearly a pacifist at heart. Her dress was unusual and somewhat sexual on launch night, but I didn’t feel it made her seem like a sexual object, and I don’t think that’s her style. If having an attitude and being feisty is a stereotype for black women, I would have to say I don’t think it’s a particularly terrible one. It’s good to be a strong, independent woman after all. I like her, and I look forward to seeing more of her 🙂


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