Xavier Prather of Wisconsin has won the top prize of Big Brother after a grand alliance with fellow blacks.
Big Brother crowned Xavier Prather the first black man to win the prize of season 23 of the edition.
For 21 years a black has never won the top prize but on Wednesday night, Xavier made a historic difference. (Tamar Braxton won Celebrity Big Brother in 2019).
After the collection of all nine jury votes, Prather beat Derek Frazier.
Xavier Prather called his win, “surreal,” and “groundbreaking.”
“Big Brother” is a reality game show where 16 individuals live in the same house on a television set without any access to the real world.
24-hour surveillance is kept on the houseguests and is closely monitored with both audio and visual devices.
The contestants compete in challenges and form strategic alliances to survive elimination and stay in the house.
The contestants, called Houseguests, vote one person out of the house each week. The last remaining Houseguest takes the top prize.
Unlike in the previous games, six Black contestants decided in the early hours of the game to work together to ensure one of them wins the grand prize.
The Blacks naked the alliance “The Cookout”. According to Tiffany Mitchell, a phlebotomist and single mother from Detroit said she knew going into the house that she didn’t want to go after any minority contestants.
“At first it was an understanding,” Mitchell said, then the alliance had a name, “The Cookout.” Soon, Mitchell said, it was clear they were all playing for much more than $750,000.
“It’s not even about the money anymore,” Mitchell said. “We all gave up what we wanted, or what we thought was best for our game with the people for the mission of the six.”
The Six Blacks allied “Big Brother” to ensure that one of them would win the show.
Even after being evicted, the other Blacks ensured they supported the other Blacks remaining in the show.
When house guest Claire Rehfuss was evicted by Mitchell, who had become her best friend in the house (and Cookout member) she tearfully said she understood.
“This game has been played for a long time and a lot of times people of colour aren’t looked out for in the game and they go out early,” she said.
Rehfuss called the game moves by The Cookout “iconic” and “legendary.”
Christian Birkenberger, who left the house in week five and watched the season play out at home praised the alliance, saying at Wednesday’s finale, “When you can put a bigger purpose to your gameplay, this is proof that history can be made.”
The Cookout managed to keep its initial six-person team intact until the end, making them “the most successful ‘Big Brother’ alliance in history,” according to host Julie Chen Moonves.
Mitchell, who was the mastermind of The Cookout’s most strategic moves and became the first member of the alliance to be evicted from the house, took home the $50,000 prize of “America’s Favorite Houseguest.
This story was originally published on CNN.