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How Survivor’s J’Tia Hart Is Changing the Way Black Women Are Represented on Reality TV

In honor of Black History Month, E! is talking to Black reality show contestants to reveal what it’s really like being a minority on TV.

J’Tia Hart knew exactly what she was doing when she infamously dumped her starving tribe’s rice supply in the fire on Survivor: Cayagan.

“Let me be honest, I am dramatic. My friends know that, my family knows that and that is why I was casted,” she recently told E! News. “That is totally my personality. I was like, if I’m going home, I’m going out with a bang. I wasn’t in a rage, I did it to be outrageous.”

What the nuclear engineer didn’t know, however, was how the longrunning CBS reality series would portray her admittedly over-the-top actions. 

“I never thought I would be portrayed the way I saw myself on TV because that’s not the way I see myself,” Hart, 39, recalled. “I don’t think that I am mentally ill, in any way, shape or form and I don’t think I’m, like, incompetent.”

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