VH1 premiered the first episode to the second season of Single Ladies, executively produced by Queen Latifah, this past Memorial Day. And while I was a little less than impressed, I will most likely continue to tune in. Let me explain why:
We are introduced to a world where celebs make constant cameos, all the women are gorgeous with perfect curves and Hotlanta (Atlanta) is their oyster. Of course, they date men with perfect bodies, perfect budgets and romantic accents who they roll in every week. The comebacks are always witty and the current boy-toy could possibly, randomly, *spoiler alert* provide an impromptu photo shoot. Nonetheless, our ladies are trying to find their way around the traditional routes of dating.
There are three main characters who each bring a different perspective on dating to the table. For instance, last season ended with the question of being able to ignore the typical road to marriage, including the ring and the wedding, even though the original vowels and promises would be in tact, plus more (i.e. lots of money). After Val (played by Stacey Dash last season) loses said chance, she hesitantly decided to take at her fairytale ending, she disappointingly flees the country to Milan in order to heal from her heartback.
Thus bringing us to a new season and a new lead. Raquel (Denise Vasi) embodies some of the main ideals and even the same body language as our beloved Val. She is sweet, soft spoken, looking for her prince charming and she is the exact opposite of her best friend, Kiesha (LisaRaye McCoy). The former video-vixen began the show typically as the, tough on love, soft on morals type – girl, but has recently found herself in a more than fulfilling and anything but boring, or law-friendly, relationship.
Raquel, who recently decides to give up her chance at a charade of a marriage is now caught in between the friend who has never dated since her first husband and first divorce, April (Charity Shea) and Kiesha, the player who is beginning to show her weakness. The “slaves to love” are forced to make huge decisions early on in the first episode only leaving us to imagine what other obstacles they will have to overcome in their love life further into the season.
Although the decor is little more fun to watch than the acting, let’s just hope the characters and the talent evolves more throughout the season. It is no Sex and the City but this show has heart, so give it a chance. Single Ladies does continue to revolve around friendship and the importance of your girlfriends when treading waters as deep as love. Personally, the dating game is one I don’t like to play, so I will continue to live vicariously through Raquel, Kiesha and April in all of their not so realistic glamourous and unique love life.