The backlash behind “Basketball Wives” has caused the main characters–Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman and Shaunie O’ Neal– not only to mature, but to encourage growth in young women. At least, that’s how they made it seem on the Reunion Show.
Issues such as bullying and friendship have been addressed this season on the VH1 reality show and even though the show has ended, the criticism hasn’t.
The ladies who once portrayed themselves in such a negative light are taking responsibility for their actions and mopping up their mess with countless apologies and vows to do better.
Evelyn took it a step further and penned a letter to her seven-year-old-self which she gave exclusively to the HuffingtonPost.
Pop the hood to read the advice she gives her younger self:
In exactly twenty-nine years you’re going to find yourself at the middle of a mess that you unwillingly helped to create… You’re going to be the topic of a discussion about women on a national level that won’t be one of your proudest moments. And as large as your life may be at that time, the truth is that you’re going to feel painfully small.
You’ll look through the rearview mirror of your life and see a mountain of mistakes. You’ll realize that although it appears that you’re living out a dream, your seven year old self could never picture this near nightmare at thirty-six. You’ll remember the days when you drowned out the fighting and drama in your own house and the negativity of the women you loved who ultimately shape who you will become. You’ll recall the moments when you sat in front of the television each day after school in search of someone positive and found Oprah and wondered if people like her would ever be a part of your life, or if you’d always have the jaded ones you watched on Jerry Springer.
Well Ev…. we hope you’ve grown over the past few months while you’ve been watching this last season of Basketball Wives, but from the looks of things, the types of people you’ll always have in your life are jaded ones that you watched on Jerry Springer. NEXT!