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50 Cent: The Money and the Power

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Streetwise Apprentice spin-off has iffy messages.

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The series combines urban culture with business savvy by taking the formula of the popular show The Apprentice and injecting it with a hard-edged, streetwise attitude. Like many reality series of this kind, there's plenty of yelling, screaming, and swearing (including racial epithets) in the name of greed. Even more problematic are some contestants' proud claims that they've engaged in unethical practices -- like entering inappropriate relationships with superiors -- to get ahead and their apparent willingness to do whatever it takes to win.

The show does offer plenty of lessons about making smart professional choices (like choosing your "crew" wisely), being a strong leader, and understanding the financial bottom line. But these messages are often overshadowed by 50 Cent's desire to show off his tough-talking, streetwise side -- rather than his thought-provoking, articulate business mentor persona. Also disturbing is the way he seems to enjoy wielding thug-like power over the contestants during what are supposed to be teachable moments. As a result, despite 50 Cent's claims that he's helping young people get ahead in the business world, he sometimes seems to pushing them backward. Teens may find some entertainment value in this sort of thing, but overall, it might be better to take your viewing business elsewhere.

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