VH1’s hit reality series, “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood” has been breaking new ground in the history of television by featuring same-sex relationships between two young black rappers.
According to The Daily Beast, almost four million viewers are following the show as they focus on producer Milan Christopher and aspiring rapper Miles Brock going public with their orientation and love for each other.
The story follows Miles’s therapy sessions as he gets help on how to admit his sexuality to ex-girlfriend Amber and later, to his two sisters. Although they have been together for two years, it was the first time that Miles’s family learns the truth about them.
Executive producer Mona Scott-Young stated that giving light to their relationship has been long overdue, “Somehow we tiptoe around the subject and we never want to give it the same prominence and visibility as we do heterosexual relationships. Here was an opportunity to do something that was reflective of our time.”
Meanwhile, Miles said to Los Angeles Times that it was a bit overwhelming to be in an industry wherein people will never look at you as “normal,” “In this world we are a minority and [some people] don’t like it. It’s hard. Being a black man, in hip hop and religious, I have so many strikes against me … all these hurdles,” he said.
In a separate interview with Huffington Post, Miles mentioned that he is hoping that his decision to come out on the show will not affect the way people view his music and that they will still respect it. He added that one of his biggest fears is that others will only dwell on his sexuality and forget to look past it to see that he has talents and more to offer.
Love and Hip Hop Hollywood new episodes air Mondays at 8pm.