Victor “Doc V” Trammell Earlier this past week, various online media sources published stories about Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo’s upcoming reality TV series. Debuting in spring 2013 via Oxygen Media, “All My Babies Mamas” is a reality TV series, which will chronicle the turbulent life of Shawty Lo, his 11 children and their 10 unwed mothers. The reports of the show’s premier caused public outrage from critics, including Dr. Boyce Watkins, founder of the Your Black World Network. Watkins, who is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and occasional commentator on national cable news scathingly wrote: “Oxygen has decided to give a platform to ignorance by creating a show featuring the rapper Shawty Lo, his 10 babies’ mamas and the 11 unfortunate children who have the pleasure of being born in the middle of a pile of irresponsible bullsh*t.” (BlackBlueDog.com) This type of public outrage has inspired Sabrina Lamb (pictured), a woman from New York to use Change.org to form an online petition to block the production of “All My Babies’ Mamas.” Lamb is a New York Times best-selling author and social activist. Her goal is to cease the premier of the show. The petition reads: “Petitioning Oxygen Media, Electus and DiGa Vision Oxygen Media, Electus and DiGa Vision: Cancel Shawty-Low show and all programming which demeans black children, girls/women and stereotypes black men!!! These companies profit by humiliating girls and women by promoting degrading images. They have gone too far and we are boycotting their advertisers.” (Change.org) Lamb lambasts the integrity of Oxygen Media and points out the negative effect the show will place on black women in urban communities across America. The petition also reads: “Cancel Shawty-Low show and all programming which demeans girls and women!!! Our Children…our Community… Deserves Better. Ban This Poison. Ban This Television Show. Oxygen Television Network is prepared to broadcast a one hour special celebrating the dysfunction of rapper Shawty Lo…watched by his 11 children…by 10 different women…(some may have been underage) as they….argue, beg, fight for emotional, financial support and sexual reward. What is the difference between this ministrel show and the others which clog the airwaves without proper balance of the beauty and positive aspects of our community?? The children.” (Change.org) Unfortunately, Shawty Lo’s upcoming show is a rampant reality present in the black community, which is already constantly bombarded with stereotypical imagery present in shows like “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop.” However, it is worth noting that the need for less controversial programming is vital to establish balance in the images portrayed by blacks on television.