Sunday, October 2, 2022
By Amanda Scurlock
Published September 8, 2016
Shirlee Smith (Courtesy Photo)

Shirlee Smith (Courtesy Photo)

I can’t help but wonder why the #BlackLivesMatter movement hasn’t included in its target of eliminating deadly force against “the people”, The Maury baby-daddy Show.

While the show doesn’t depict cops with blazing guns or dead bodies of young black men laying lifeless in the street, the message portrayed on the show is just as much a death blow to the African-American community as are the murders of

#MichaelBrown in #FergusonMo. and so many others.


Death to a once-respectable group of people, African-Americans, now has a new rain of bullets fired at them every time Maury introduces every one of the Tanishas  who slept with five different men but is pointing the finger at Janobi who appears on the TV set stage with his pants below his a–, swinging his fingers and declaring , “I ain’t nobody’s baby-daddy.”

For sure, I’m not writing about blood and guts gushing from the body of a lifeless young black man the #cops gunned down. But doesn’t anyone, other than me, recognize our daughters and sons are being set up to kill, wipe away for good, what was once a proud and honorable culture.

The DNA test proving which of the multitude of men Maury’s wronged female guest slept with is actually the “baby daddy” is a foot-stomping audience-yelling pleaser.

The parading of false fingernails and eyelashes and too much store-bought Chinese hair twisted into various styles coupled with inappropriate wardrobe choices is figuratively killing our young black daughters.

Not only do #BlackLivesMatter, but because our lives are made up of pride, culture and respect for ourselves, we don’t matter once we’ve lost hold of who we are.

The #police are killing our black sons, our black brothers, and our black male friends. The rallying cry is #BlackLivesMatter.


#TheMauryShow is providing a viewing platform for our young black daughters  and our young black sons to degrade themselves in front of the camera and  send a message to others that a valueless lifestyle will get them their 15 minutes of fame.

Where are the protesters outside the Rich Forum Theater in Stanford Ct, where the show is taped?  Where are the bullhorns declaring Maury is killing our young people?

Why haven’t the stage doors to the studio been blocked by protestors trying to keep the sex-craved young women from entering and why aren’t they there to confront the multiple baby-daddy contestants?

If the people in the  #BlackLivesMatter movement really believe our lives matter, they’ll put Maury in the unemployment line while he shops around for another show.

Shirlee Smith is a LA Press Club first place winner for personal commentary.  She is the author of “They’re Your Kids, Not Your Friends” and the Spanish version “Son tus Hijos, no tus Amigos”.  She is a KCET/Union Bank local hero.  She is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith, Inc.

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