Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Reality Show of Substance

Good Morning Beautifuls!
I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! I certainly did! (Hope you did something for yourselves.)

Given the fact that we are constantly being bombarded by reality shows, the majority of which truly disappoint me b/c of the lack of character of the participants, I'm really moved when I happen upon one that is actually not demeaning, degrading or downright embarrassing to women and/or minorities. One that has really touched my heart is Food Network's "Chef Jeff Project".

Chef Jeff (aka Jeff Henderson) is an award-winning chef, best-selling author and public speaker who also happens to be an ex-con (serving almost a decade in prison for running a $35,000-a-week cocaine operation). In this show, he takes six at-risk young adults (all of which either sold drugs or had a drug habit) and gives them the opportunity to turn their lives around by putting them to work for his catering company, Posh Urban Cuisine. He gives them a second chance. Another shot at life. And he earnestly believes in them. At times even driven to tears because he's been where they have been. He connects with them. And you can tell that his heart is truly into helping them.

I can't lie. There were a couple of times when I was dropping crocodile tears because these kids were touched that he gave them this opportunity and actually believes that they can do something good with their lives. And get this, if they make it through his program they don't win a car or money or something material but what they get is so much greater and bigger than that...An education....A free education! They get a two year culinary scholarship. Something that will benefit and last them for the rest of their lives.

Gosh! Do you know of any reality shows that are benefiting people or the community? Any reality shows of substance?.. Do tell b/c I don't believe I can count them on one hand....

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