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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show as a whole challenges commonly held stereotypes about African Americans, expanding the definition of what it means to be "black." That said, materialism and privilege are major themes.
Positive Role Models
Characters are a mix of positive and negative role models. While some freely spend their parents' money without a thought, a few must work hard for what they have.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Blatant sexuality is scarce, but teens are shown dancing suggestively at clubs and parties.
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Words like "damn," "hell," "ass," "pissed," and "screwed" are used, but other profanity is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Materialism and consumerism are recurring themes, and brand names are mentioned frequently, including BMW and Versace. Lots of sports-themed clothes with player names (Michael Jordan) and other logos as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this BET reality show is reminiscent of Laguna Beach and The Hills because it follows a group of mostly privileged teens living in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. That means that cast members are shown attending exclusive parties, freely spending their parents' money, and generally embracing a materialistic lifestyle. On the flipside, this show tends to be tamer than its reality cousins, and it makes an effort to examine the realities of class and race. The all-black cast includes teens from a variety of backgrounds, including a boy who "grew up rough" and a girl who lives "in the hood."
Is It Any Good?
The truth is, the lives of these teens -- who live in a posh enclave of African-American professionals known as the "Black Beverly Hills" -- seem just as devoid of real meaning as those of their white counterparts over in ZIP code 90210. Not all of the attractive faces featured in this half-hour show are the children of doctors, lawyers, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. But an awful lot of them are, and their pampered lives smack of certain privileges. Garnette (a type-A teen queen with aspirations of becoming a CEO) casually drops hundreds of dollars with her girlfriends at exclusive boutiques, while Gerren (a simpering model whom Oprah dubbed "a mini-Naomi Campbell") uses her connections to score one-of-a-kind club gear that barely covers her, um, assets. Amid plot points that don't really go anywhere and banter that's so banal it's boring, Staci (a working-class girl who lives in a poorer neighborhood, keeps it real, and buys her clothes from the bargain rack) is a welcome breath of fresh air.
While there's nothing truly harmful about the show's messages, there's nothing truly worthwhile either. Maybe the point of Baldwin Hills is to reveal that wealthy African-American teens can be just as vapid as wealthy Caucasian teens -- and if so, the show's a smashing success. But if that's not the point ... then maybe it just doesn't have one.
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