When you think of Heathcliff Huxtable, does your mind go to Clifford "T.I" Harris?

The rapper and his family were recently featured in a special photo shoot for In Touch that struck an interesting comparison.

According to In Touch Magazine,

With their new VH1 reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, many have compared them to the famous TV family. “It’s flattering, though I like to think of us as a unique piece of our society! The Huxtables are more conservative, older and from a different environment. But we share unity, strength and prominence.”

Though we enjoy their show and often are in awe and respect of the kind of love they clearly share (if only more men waxed poetic about their wives the way T.I. does about Tiny), we're on the fence on whether we should consider them to be the same caliber of role model for black families as the Huxtables. Let's compare and contrast a little:

  1. Heathcliff and Claire shared a deep and passionate love, in spite of many years and children together. T.I. and Tiny can attest to the same.
  2. Cliff was a doctor, Claire was a lawyer. Both had high level degrees and were considered experts in their field. T.I. is a rapper, Tiny is a former R&B singer turned small business owner. T.I. never graduated high school.
  3. Cliff was often overly competitive in many areas and found himself in comical situations because of it. You can see examples here, here, here, and here. T.I. has also found himself in some "funny" situations, but those have usually just landed him in jail.

Don't get us wrong, we love the love we see on both shows and are always glad to see intact black families on TV. This comparison makes us pause though.

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, Clifford "T.I" Harris' first name was incorrectly listed as Clifton. We apologize for the error.

What do you think? Do you think T.I. and Tiny deserve Huxtable status? Should we be holding them up as black family role models? If not them, who? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.


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