Scandalous Politics

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  • Well guys, it’s been a political week. President Obama was inaugurated and sworn in for the second and now he’s working to define his legacy.

    And while this is very big news, it’s certainly not the only ground breaking political news involving African Americans and the White House these days.

    Because every Thursday night there’s at least one other politically-savvy African American who pretty much runs the White House and the President from her infamous damage-control firm in DC.

    Yes, I’m talking about Attorney Olivia Pope, the complex Scandal-queen herself, played by Kerry Washington on ABC’s hit show Scandal. It’s safe to say that black folks have not been this excited about Thursday night since Cosby.

    And though it’s the fictional world of TV, there are certain realities about the politics surrounding this show that should be discussed.

    For one, as most of you know, African Americans run this show in just about every aspect.

    It’s based on and co-executive produced by real-life, damage-control specialist Judy Smith, a former member of the Bush White House who represented Monica Lewinsky and Michael Vick.

    Written and created by another brilliant sister, Shonda Rhimes, it’s the highest-rated drama among African-Americans, and Kerry Washington is the first black female lead in a network drama in almost 40 years.

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