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June 10, 2013

The Color of Money: What our entertainment tells us

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     "Flattery will get you everywhere," he says.

     "Well, money will get you this," she says, opening her coat to reveal an outfit that looks like two-dozen or so strips of black masking tape stuck to her body.

     We find out that Candace works as an escort to pay for law school and take care of her baby. She can't stand being low-income. She laments that the Cryers' daughter has never eaten leftovers. Candace is envious that the Cryer family takes vacations twice a year. She covets the closet of the lady of the manor. And boy is it big, as big as a studio apartment. "She has clothes with the tags still on them," Candace says. "This is so unfair. So unfair."

     In one scene, Hanna and her adult son Benny talk about her dire financial situation. Benny says, "I just wish I could hit the lottery or somethin'." His mother responds, "I'm just glad I was able to put the house in your name. If it gets too bad, they won't be able to take it from us."

     On Wednesdays, OWN airs the second Perry show, "Love Thy Neighbor," a half-hour comedy also with lots of personal finance themes and jokes. The lead character, Hattie Mae Love, runs a diner in Atlanta with her late husband's brother.

     Hattie wants her grandson Danny out of her house. She thinks her daughter Linda is too soft on her son, who has just graduated from college. She begs her mother to let Danny stay in one of the empty bedrooms.

     "Uh-uh, uh-uh! It's just like feeding a cat," Hattie says. "If you feed them, they'll never want to leave."

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