Last week BET aired the season finale of The Game. After a two-year hiatus and tons of fan support, the show returned to mixed results but eventually started hitting its stride. As I was watching the show a few weeks ago I noticed that Malik’s longtime friend, Tee Tee, was always dishing out some good advice and a light bulb went off in my head: Wouldn’t it be great if I got Tee Tee to give some advice on NWSO?
With that said, I did some digging and snagged a contact for the man behind the character, Mr. Barry Floyd. More than just an on-screen sidekick, Barry has a lot of big things going on behind the sense. The Philadelphia native is head writer for the online sketch comedy series PurpleStuffTV.com and is working on securing his first feature film role before year’s end.
During the course of a lengthy conversation with Barry, I decided to pick his brain about relationships and other NWSO-related topics. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be presenting Tuesdays with Tee Tee as a way of weaning fans of The Game off the show until it returns next season. For the first installment, we tackle the touchy subject of interracial dating.[dc]Dear Tee Tee,[/dc]
I’ve been dating my girl for about two years now but I haven’t introduced her to my family yet because she’s White and I’m Black. The reason I’ve taken so long is because my parents are real big on their Caribbean culture and have always had snide comments to say about interracial dating. Well, I really love this woman and proposed to her last week. She said yes, but now I’m worried about how to break the news to my family. What should I do?[dc]Dear Secret Lover,[/dc]
First of all, you should have been said something to your family because now it’s just going to be worse since you waited two years until the engagement and all that, but I think you just got to come out with it and they just got to accept it. It might take a little bit of time but if that’s the person you want to be with…
See, when it comes to situations like that, first and foremost, your own responsibility is to yourself. There’s a lot of situations where you make decisions and you got to worry about how it’s going to affect other people but I feel like when it comes to choosing a person you’re going to be with for the rest of your life, you can only worry about you. You can’t worry about what your family or your friends or other people are going to say.
Having a co-sign from your family is important because you need that support structure, especially when kids start coming into the picture, but I can only speak from the perception of how my family would look at it, which is they’re my family so they’ll love me no matter what I do because even if they’re not particularly crazy about the person I’m with they’re going to at least tolerate them because of me.
What are your thoughts on interracial dating? Would you date someone outside your race knowing that your family wouldn’t approve? How important is it for your family to like the person you’re dating? How long do you take before introducing someone to your family? Would you ask someone to marry you or accept a proposal before meeting the person’s family? Would you get married without your family’s blessing? What did you think of Barry’s advice? Do you agree that your biggest responsibility when it comes to relationships is to yourself? What are your thoughts on this Tuesdays with Tee Tee series?
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