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One Person's Blaxploitation Is Another's Black Buffet (A Black American In France)

Watching Tyra Banks In France

By Lynsey Saunders

Like a good bottle of French wine shipped to the US, all of our crappy TV is imported straight to France. The French brown people learn words common to the English language like ‘fierce’ (you’re fabulous Tyra) and know what it means to cook a good rack of ribs (thanks Kyle!) from shows like America’s Next Top Model and College Hill. Some of them LOVE it. I’m not sure if it’s the shows themselves or the idea that this is what a young black American like myself is watching, so somehow they become apart of the cool club. Think about that theory... The French learn all about us from the great shows on the classy networks like BET and MTV. I’ll prove to you how I know this theory to be true.

Let’s set the scene shall we?

More after the jump.

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