Watching BET’s “The Game” during “The Busted Episode” really made me take a cold hard look at Wendy Raquel Robinson’s character “Tasha Mack”. Teen mother to mom-manager/sports agent to her son NFL veteran Malik “El Debarge” Wright (played by Hosea Chanchez) she seemed to be the quintessential single mother who appears to be able to get any man she wants, but keeps enough distance to send a very subtle but loud message to her son that she’ll always be there for him; at the sacrifice of her needs. It is a bit stereotypical in nature, yet as discussed on the OWN Network’s “Fatherless Sons” she has made her son her man – and she’s afraid to let go.
A very poignant line from her childhood friend/ex-fiancé “Pookie” played by Rockmond Dunbar of Soul Food series fame should have hit home with every woman in America, “I gave you everything you said you wanted in a man!” OUCH! Rather than go home and tell Rick Fox (who plays himself) to kick rocks, she does what many women do – accept the unavailable man at the sacrifice of an available man who truly loves her. Due to the fact that Fox is a celebrity, Tasha can remain relevant as her son Malik’s NFL career will end soon – leaving her with a lack of identity. I guess that’s why all of her “friends” are all at best 20 years her minor.
Which leaves me to wonder how much longer can we stomach Tasha Mack’s immaturity? She seems hopelessly and haplessly trapped like a mouse in a maze; having been around the maze long enough to know where the exit is but too afraid to step out into the real world and move forward. Well, I guess stopping at the maze stations to eat the cheese and move on to the next one is her pathology. Though we are all hopeful that maybe one day she’ll get it, unfortunately she won’t. She’ll continue to play herself instead of be herself – and honestly it’s getting played; as she is…