95) Armond White TV Review of Tami Akbar/Tami Roman, roommate/participant on MTV reality show, The Real World: Los Angeles -1993-
“Tami Akbar doesn’t simply want to be a rapper–she means to be seen. Like Eric Nies, alumnus from the first “Real World” and now host
on MTV’s ‘The Grind’, Tami Akbar is less an all-American youth than an all-American huckster. The only skills she demonstrates are those of an actress, flashing anger, joy, or deviousness with unconscious abandon. Her eyes are on a specific type of stardom…Tami Akbar was instrumental in one of the most outrageous malfeasnaces in television history: the ousting of one of the ‘Real World’ participants through a kangaroo-court extortion. The victim was David Edwards, a young Black man struggling to be a comedian…Tami Akbar’s ruthlessness (in an earlier episode the white make roomies referred to her as ‘Tami Norman Bates’) makes her intimidating and unignorable. Egotism powered her confrontation with David. She enacted a showdown to impress the flabbergaster rommies–and the…”
To read more of Armond White’s take on Tami Akbar and MTV’s The Real World reality mini-series, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World.