Too Much? Reporter “Gets Hood” On Camera

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By Barry Burch Jr.

How “hood” is too “hood?”  Though somewhat of a funny question, it is becoming more and more necessary to ask.  Whether it is sports announcers using slang while commentating or an animated news reporter attempting to enthusiastically deliver a “hood” story, everyone seems to at least have a little “hood” in them.

Andrea Isom, a news reporter in Detroit, showed that for her, the “hood” was not too far removed.  The reporter gave one of the “hoodest” reports ever.  A woman living on the west-side of Detroit’s home was invaded.  Isom said that although the victim did not want to speak, some of her neighbors and family members did.  After beginning her segment with this announcement, one could only anticipate a member of the family filling viewers in on the incident.  However, it was Isom that did most of the talking, and it was also Isom who took the cake for most “hood.”

“Last night, the lady of this house came home to one he11 of a surprise,” Isom began.  “There was one heck of a party in her pad, but she never got the invite.  Three men had helped themselves to a-l-l-l of her gin an-n-d her Seagrams happy juice.”

“And these cats went crazy,” Isom continued.  “They cooked up all her food, crab legs, shrimp; they even had a bird in the oven.  Can you believe it?  And while they were fixing their feast, they were high as a kite.  Bold huh?”

While viewers may have been waiting for a memorable comment from one of the victim’s neighbors or family members, they received more than enough from the person reporting the news.

Barry is a student of life.  Other than writing, he enjoys arithmetic and politics.  Reach hi


  1. Crcm

    January 24, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Bet you everyone understood what she was saying!

    • Tawnymarie

      January 25, 2014 at 4:47 am

      Ok…thank u

  2. louis daye

    January 24, 2014 at 8:26 am

    take that rag wig off your head and get smart report something that’s worth reading.

  3. Corbin

    January 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

    At least she didn’t say “skrimps” instead of shrimp. That would’ve been a cringe worthy moment.

    • darkandlovely

      January 26, 2014 at 11:03 am


    • Amazing Grace

      January 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you, that’s what I was thinking….. Give me some “skrimps”!

  4. StandUpForOnce

    January 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Wasted print on a page! Report what is really happening things that should be most important in our communities. Important as to how to combat the crime, jobs, homelessness, babies having babies, and most of the importance of getting an education! Stop reporting on worthless mess! So you don’t see how stupid this reporter is….and this is what she call reporting a story. Makes me sad to see such a stupid act from a beautiful lady.

  5. jim

    January 24, 2014 at 10:50 am

    maybe they rating uptick , must have been sweeps week

  6. Kmad

    January 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Okay, people the name of the segment is “On the Edge” newsworthy, maybe not to some and yes there is serious news out there, but to say it was hood us way too much of a stretch. Some guy talking about “rag wig” get a damn grip there’s nothing wrong with the sister, she doing a specialty piece and as silly as it may sound the fact remains, someone broke into someone’s property, squatted in it, I’m sure damaged it and neighbors are saying this is what’s happening. It may alert folks to take measures to protect their property if they leave for vacation etc. Yes there’s more worthy news but there’s also no need to berate and attack this black reporter, something WE seem to do so well to each other.

  7. Lady J

    January 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I think it’s demeaning. Why couldn’t she just speak proper English and report the news and leave the play-by-play to the family and neighbors. Her speaking that way can be taken in so many ways: 1)Was she trying to be relatable? 2)Was she trying to offend on the sly? 3)Was she just trying to add some humor? I think it was too much and unnecessary.

  8. sharon

    January 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Ok ok she can get a little bit hood when she wants to. What I want to know is: did they break into the house or was it unlocked or some people she knew? Was she hurt? Did they run out the house when she came in, or did they wait for the “bird” to roast? Sorry, couldn’t stop myself. Were they arrested? This is like half a story. Also, was she an older woman who may have broke her hip if she fell when shocked by intruders?

  9. val

    January 24, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Andrea Isom consistently reports in a “hood” manner. This is the first time I have seen comments about it though. I wondered how long it would be acceptable.

  10. MsBossie

    January 28, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Those of you who want to hear Andrea Isom tell it like it is? See fox 2 news in Detroit web site. There is plenty of archive to see. I like her she keep it real…..and report the story just like it happened… Oh and she wear a new hairstyle almost everyday.

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