Especially when every once in a while, something not only redeeming but inspiring and even valuable arrives on our screens to counterbalance – at least to the extent it can – much of the dreck.
One such gem could be “Chelsea Settles,” which premiers on MTV on Tuesday night at 11p. The story line is very simply: Small-town girl moves to LA to pursue her dreams. Ho-hum, right?
Except for this: Chelsea, just 23, weighs 324 pounds!
The most compelling story line is her choice to lead a healthier lifestyle and lose the weight.
In an age when obesity is a national epidemic; when it is the No. 1 killer in the African-American community; when too many young black women are overweight, unhealthy and doing nothing about it–my hope is that Chelsea not only conquers her weight but become a true inspiration for anyone who thinks, well, they’re too big to succeed.
In an interview with AOLTV: “I kind of embraced being a guinea pig because I know that there are other girls out there that are like me, so if I have to just stop being afraid and put myself out there in order to have someone else’s story told and give them the courage to make a change, then it’s well worth it.”
Not there’s a reality we should all embrace.