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VH1’s New Show ‘The Gossip Game’ — Refreshing or Ratchet? [POLL]

Mona Scott Young, Twitter

This week, VH1 premiered the first preview for their new show The Gossip Game.  The show comes from Mona Scott-Young, the executive producer of the controversial shows, Love & Hip Hop and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

The Gossip Game is focused on seven women who each work in a different part of hip-hop media, and from that description, it seems like it’ll be a breath of fresh air from VH1’s reality TV show antics — but the trailer proves otherwise.

Angela Yee, Facebook

The two most recognizable names from the show are Angela Yee and K. Foxx, who each respectively co-host two of NYC’s hottest morning hip-hop radio shows (Angela’s “Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 with Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy, and K. Foxx’s “Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg” morning show with Peter Rosenberg and DJ Cipha Sounds).

Courtesy of Hot 97

The show also follows the editor-in-chief of The Source, Kim OsorioGlobal Grind reporter Sharon Carpenter; freelance journalist and columnist for Vibe, Jasfly; NYC Gossip Girl‘s Vivian Billings; and Ms. Drama, an on-air personality for Major Playaz radio.

The trailer above introduces the cast and their grind, but the question at the end by Vivian Billings — “I guess this is where we’re all supposed to pretend [that] we’re cool with each other” — gives an all too familiar feel.

While this is only the first trailer, and we only catch a small glimpse of these ladies’ professional careers — notice they only show a second or two of Angela at work — it leaves much to wonder about The Gossip Game. 

Will this be an opportunity for VH1 and Mona Scott-Young to present women of color in the male-dominated hip-hop game in a positive light, or will we end up with another batch of Erica Menas?

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