Now I Find Out

Posted: October 7, 2008 in Our Expression

Extreme Makeover used to be one of our favorite shows. But there is only so much manufactured tear-fest segments I can take.

“You see that wooden picture frame? That was carved from the remains of the boat that sunk off of the coast, killing your daddy years ago.”

[Insert sad music]
Camera: Zoom in to catch tear.

Add that to the shameless plugs for companies like Home Depot and Sears and you got yourself a TV version of the movie “The Truman Show”.

“The fine folks at H-O-M-E D-E-P-O-T (Wink, Wink) wanted to give you these door knobs. Because after all, how would you get into your new house?”

Despite all of that…yeah, I STILL catch the show from time to time (LOL!). Last week’s episode was one I wish I saw.

“Why? Cuz it featured Black people?”


ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” Home Edition Featured Family Helped by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Chicago, IL ( – Felicia Jackson, who fulfilled her sister’s dying wish by vowing to raise her 10 children, in addition to her own four, was the beneficiary of a new home and new hope — courtesy of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition, community builder, Classic Homes, and the Gaithersburg, Maryland chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The Jackson story was the feature of the season premiere of the ABC hit show, which aired Sunday evening.

Felicia’s journey began in 2004 when her sister Cassandra died of cervical cancer. Before she passed, she asked Felicia to promise to keep her 10 children together and to love, care for, and raise them. After keeping her promise, suddenly Felicia’s family grew to 14 children, since she had four of her own. The kids ranged in age from 1 to 14 years: eleven of the children were in school, and the three youngest stayed home. (more…)

  1. Laura says:

    You missed a good episode. They’re quite open about who’s picking up the tab for these makeovers, but I prefer it that way – if they tried to be sneaky about it, it would irritate me more. And why shouldn’t these companies get credit – and a “free” commercial – for doing something good? It’s win-win-win – a deserving family is helped, the company gets an ad and good PR, and viewers realize we should quit whining about the petty issues we all have to deal with and be grateful for what we’ve got.

  2. Juanita says:

    I love the show and did see this episode and no one deserved it more than this family. My only problem with the show is, what happens after the show is over? Can these struggling families afford these new, big, beautiful homes and all the new expenses that comes with it?

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