The brain trust that
brought Hip-Hop lovers ego trip magazine, will bring their same brand of humor
to VH1's "TV's Illest Minority Moments Presented by ego trip."
"TV Race Riot!," the show examines various TV shows and explores the
notion that different races of people watch television in a different manner.
us because they liked 'ego trip's Big Book of Racism," Elliot Wilson, Editor
In Chief of XXL, told AllHipHop.com.
Wilson, along with
Sacha Jenkins, Gabriel Alvarez, Chairman Mao and Brent Rollins serve as executive
producers of the show. According
to Wilson, VH1 was not comfortable with the words "race" and "riot"
in the title, hence the name change.
want to go too far, but they saw the potential of making the content of the
book into a show," Wilson said. "We weren't happy with the name change,
but we ate it because we were so far into it. You're going to have ups and downs
when your trying to get your vision on to someone else's platform. It's a victory
for us getting it on to the television, because they gave us so much creative
The show features
commentary from the five man team, as well as Outkast, Kelis, Fat Joe, B-Real,
Talib Kweli, Pharoah Monch, RZA, John Singleton.
shows in the history of television regularly dealt with race relations. The
show features takes from The Jeffersons, Good Times and What's Happening, just
to name a few," Wilson continued. "We even dug up a really rare episode
of the Partridge Family that stars Richard Pryor. Danny Bonaduce ends up joining
this like, Black Militant organization. It really just shows how are views are
race are impacted by the television."
Wilson said that
children today don't watch television the same way as children in the 60's,
70's and 80's.
"A kid now
can tell you every rap video's plot line, but I don't think they go home and
watch TV the shame," Wilson added. "For kids then, television was
such a guiding thing. We are only scratching the surface with this. If it's
watched enough, we will do more. We are coming on after the Sex in the City
finale, so all you ladies flip the switch and we will dry your eyes."
Minority Moments Presented by ego trip" air dates are below:
Sun. 2/22 1:00
Sun. 2/22 10:00 PM
Mon. 2/23 1:00 AM
Mon. 2/23 4:00 PM
Wed. 2/25 2:00 AM
Thurs. 2/26 11:00 AM
Thurs. 2/26 10:00 PM