Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kendra James Isn't So 'Bad'

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 3/16/2010 No comments
I interviewed Charlotte native and Bad Girls Club star Kendra James last week as she was home for a few days while on spring break. You can read the results of that interview in the article I wrote ("Catching up with Bad Girl Kendra James") in the March 17-23 issue of Creative Loafing, which is online now and hitting newsstands over the next day. James is getting an extension on her reality TV shelf life because as season four of Bad Girls Club is finishing up with part one of a two-part reunion show tonight at 10 p.m. on Oxygen, the new spinoff show, Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too, is airing immediately following and stars James alongside two BGC cast members from past seasons.

In the Creative Loafing article, you can read about the new dating show as well as how James handles the love and the hate she gets from TV viewers who enjoy watching the drama-filled Bad Girls Club as much as they like to diss the girls who are on it.

But meeting James in person, I realized that she's not so much like how she appears on the show--or how many people perceive her to be. Sure, she did those things (got in fights, hooked up with guys) and many of her acts are typical of a twenty-something--it's just that cameras were following her around 24/7 and the show's producers made sure they edited down to the juiciest hour each week. After our interview, I walked away feeling like James is a young woman who is living life without regrets and, as she said, enjoying all the traveling and money she's making from hosting parties around the country as a result of her reality TV stardom. Can't really hate on that.


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