A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Da Jammies centers on five tween friends who dream of taking their hip-hop talents to the top. With a diverse set of characters and their realistic experiences with matters such as bullying and self-esteem concerns, there's a lot to talk about with kids who watch. Expect some mild stereotyping (an overweight African-American eats junk food in excess, for instance) and some bathroom humor. Viewers who aren't familiar with hip-hop music or culture will get a fairly good introduction here, and the music is energetic and fun.
What's the story?
When five middle school students bond over their shared love of music and performance, the result is DA JAMMIES, a one-of-a-kind hip-hop group looking to hit the big time. For now, though, the quintet -- Dolla (voiced by William "Dolla" Chapman II), Novelist (Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton), Momo (Alisa Reyes), Lala (Dani Nicolet), and Seven (Anderson Johnson Jr.) -- will have to make it through their tween years and all the ups and downs they bring.
Is it any good?
Inspired by a need for diversity in kids' entertainment, cocreators Hamilton and Chapman envisioned this series as an introduction to the oft-overlooked wholesome values of the hip-hop industry. They've succeeded on both counts, with a cast that reflects the ethnic make-up of its setting and music that's easy on the ears (if hip-hop is your thing, that is) and has decent themes about identity and empowerment.
Because Da Jammies touches on sensitive issues such as bullying and self-esteem, it can start conversations between you and your tweens about topics that might otherwise be tough to raise. In other cases, the issues might be ones your tweens have no experience with (such as a secondary character's homelessness), so you'll have to fill in the gaps for better context.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about diversity on TV. Does this series do a better job than others you watch of representing America's cultural diversity? How does diversity strengthen a community? What challenges does it pose?
Do your kids like hip-hop music? Had they heard it before watching Da Jammies? How do different styles of music suit different moods?
Kids: Is your self-image affected by who and what you see on TV? Why is it important to embrace what makes you unique?
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