Girl, Get Your Mind Right!

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Dating advice with empowering messages, salty language.

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Positive Messages

It offers dating advice, but highlights the importance of being self-confident and the need for women to make positive dating choices for themselves.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Smalls is strong, honest, and wants to help women find what they are really looking for in a relationship. As a young, hip African-American woman, she offers an alternative to many of the dating experts on TV.

Violence
Sex

Kissing is visible. References are made to putting spice in relationships, getting their "freak on" and "giving up the goods," but nothing explicit. Brief references are made to one night stands.

Language

Words like "hell," "ass," "bitch," and "damn" are audible. The word "t-ts" is bleeped.

Consumerism

Images of Smalls' book are visible. Apple computers and iPads are used, but the logos are covered.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Girl, Get Your Mind Right! features relationship expert Tionna Smalls offering positive dating advice to young women. While dating and relationships are the central themes, the series also offers strong messages about the importance of being self-confident and empowered to make positive choices. There's some salty vocab ("bitch," "ass," "hell," etc.), and lots of mild references to sexual activity. Images of Smalls' dating book (of the same title) is visible. It's pretty tame compared to other dating-oriented reality shows, but it's best suited for older teens.

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What's the story?

GIRL, GET YOUR MIND RIGHT! is a reality series featuring relationship expert Tionna Tee Smalls as she works with young women navigating the dating and relationship world. Each episode features the self-proclaimed "Boss Chick" helping a subject with whatever her specific issue is, such as choosing the right men to date, being able to stand up for herself, or dressing appropriately. After noting her concerns, Smalls checks in with her friends and gets a good look at how she lives and interacts with others. She then creates a series of challenges to help her subject confront her fears and improve on her weaknesses. Adding to the fun is a makeover. At the end of the process, Smalls uses a hidden camera to watch her protege go on a date and use what she's learned during the experience.

Is it any good?

From transitioning from a friendship to a romance, to learning how to be more assertive or less eager, Smalls offers some honest advice intended to help young women develop a sense of confidence in order to help them get what they want out of a dating relationship. She highlights some of the mistakes women looking for relationships make when thinking about who to date and when interacting with men. Occasionally, thoughts about what men look for when choosing the women they want to go out with are also shared.

Thanks to Smalls' larger-than-life personality, there are lots of fun moments here. But throughout it all, she sends very strong messages about the need for young women to be comfortable with who they are. She also makes it clear that it's a woman's responsibility to empower herself to make positive dating and relationship choices. Overall, Girl, Get Your Mind Right! an entertaining series that women of all ages who are interested in dating can learn from.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advice shows. What makes someone expert enough to offer guidance about specific topics? Is it their training? The research they've done in the area? Or is it their popularity?

  • Is TV an appropriate forum for offering recommendations for dealing with personal problems? Why do people agree to be on a show like this?

  • Do you agree with Smalls' recommendations? How is her approach different than some other TV dating advice shows?

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