Season 23 of ‘Big Brother’ celebrates the show’s first black champion.
The season 23 finale of CBS’ “Big Brother” crowned the show’s first black winner,
Wisconsin attorney Xavier Prather, who won the grand prize.
Prather defeated Derek Frazier by securing all nine of the jury’s votes, ending the show’s historic run of 21 years without ever having a black participant win the grand prize during the regular season. (In 2019, Tamar Braxton became victorious in the house of Big Brother.)
He described his victory as “surreal” and “groundbreaking” once it was announced.
The reality game program “Big Brother” has 16 contestants who reside in a house that is only accessible via television. To keep an eye on the contestants at all times while they participate in challenges and create alliances to survive elimination and remain in the house, the show employs audio and video technologies.
A different participant is voted out of the house every week by the other contestants. The highest award goes to the final houseguest.
Due to the increased diversity of the cast this season, six black candidates vowed early on in the game that they would work together to ensure that one of them was the victor.
Tiffany Mitchell, a single mother from Detroit, said she knew going into the house she didn’t want to vote for any minority candidates she didn’t want to target.
It started off as an agreement, Mitchell explained, and soon it got its own name: “The Cookout.” Mitchell opined that it would not be long until it became evident that everyone was in it for far more than $750,000.
Mitchell remarked, “It’s not even about the money anymore.” In order to help the people in the quest of the six,
we all gave up what we actually desired or thought was best for our own personal game.
However, even those who were ejected at the expense of the alliance had nothing but admiration and support for the overall goal of The Cookout.
Even though Mitchell had grown to be her greatest friend in the house (and fellow Cookout member),
when Claire Rehfuss was evicted, she sadly expressed her understanding by saying, “I understand.”
There have been many years in which individuals of color have not been looked out for in the game,
and as a result, they leave early, according to her.
When describing the moves made by The Cookout during the game, Rehfuss described them as “iconic” and “legendary.”
“This is proof that history can be made,” said Christian Birkenberger,
who had left the house in week five and was able to watch the rest of the season from his home,
when asked about the alliance on Wednesday’s season finale.
As Julie Chen Moonves noted, the Cookout was “the most successful ‘Big Brother’ alliance in history,”
keeping its original six members together until the end.
The genius behind The Cookout’s most successful strategy plays, Mitchell walked away with $50,000
as “America’s Favorite Houseguest” when he was the first alliance member ousted from the house.