Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Up-and-coming Latina duo promote themselves; some language.

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Positive Messages

The series showcases the close and supportive friendship of two up-and-coming entertainment career women, as well as the efforts they are making to build their careers in the entertainment industry. There is some discussion about racial and gender stereotypes and how they affect the women's careers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bailon and Bermudez are close and supportive of each other in both professional and personal matters. They are driven to succeed, but they also come off as a bit ditzy and concerned with superficial matters.

Violence

Mild arguments between the women and others are common. A tattoo is shown being removed.

Sex

Contains references to sex, relationships, and infidelity. Partial buttocks are visible during a laser treatment procedure; a wardrobe malfunction leads to one woman's crotch being featured in the tabloids (images are blurred). References are made to Bailon's former relationship with Rob Kardashian.

Language

Words like "ass" and "bitch" are frequently used; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

References to Keeping Up with the Kardashians and J-Lo. Designers like Betsy Johnson and Steve Madden are visible. The interactive TV app Viggle is featured. Athletes like Larry Johnson occasionally make appearances.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and cocktails consumption visible during social gatherings and during meals.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Empire Girls is a reality series about two up-and-coming Latina celebs who are close and loyal friends. It features lots of strong vocab ("bitch," "ass"; "s--t," "f--k" bleeped), some discussions about sex and sexuality (some partial/blurred nudity too), and occasional mild arguments. Logos for designers like Betsy Johnson and cars like Mercedes-Benz are visible.

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What's the story?

EMPIRE GIRLS: JULISSA AND ADRIENNE features TV personality Julissa Bermudez and former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon as they kick start their careers and their love lives in the Big Apple. As they work on their individual goals, the native New Yorkers and best friends support each other when exciting opportunities come along, rehearsals go bad, and romances go awry. They also help each other cope with the challenges that come with being women and Latinas in the competitive and often stereotypical entertainment industry. Friends like Layla, Ashley, Angie, and even Adrienne's manager, Ne-Yo, offer their support and advice, too. There's never a dull moment, but the two show that together they can find the strength to keep going and take New York by storm.

Is it any good?

The series is a publicity vehicle for the pair of up-and-coming celebs, but it also highlights the close and positive friendship between them. The value of family, the importance of being professional, and the need to balance one's identity while meeting the needs of the industry are also themes here.

It has lots of positive messages, but it still offers some drama thanks to prior relationships, wardrobe malfunctions, and some of the challenges they face because of their ethnicity. But the these women can be entertaining, and reality fans will no doubt find some of these voyeuristic moments worth watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotyping in the entertainment industry. What are some of the unique challenges people from various racial/ethnic backgrounds face when trying to break into the this business? Does this show offers a realistic portrayal of some of those challenges?

  • Do you think TV shows, films, and other media reflect existing stereotypes about people in society, or do they perpetuate them? What's the difference between the two?

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