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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Rich African-American reality has stereotypes, pettiness.

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The self-described BAPs say they're from celebrated families of the struggle (affluent and educated members of the African-American community), are proud of their high-class heritage, and claim to do their best to behave in a way that reflects their breeding. But much of the series focuses on the competitive, catty arguments among cast members, many of which seem contrived for reality-entertainment purposes.

Cast members attempt to challenge stereotypes about the African-American community by pointing out how they don't wear gold chains, get tattoos, or eat government-issue cheese. Others spend their time comparing outfits and behaviors, all the while reminding themselves and others of their pedigrees. Some folks may find the show voyeuristically entertaining, but the messages it contains are troubling.

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