Karma's World

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Moral lessons artistically woven in top-shelf show.

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Educational Value

Lots of searching questions that middle schoolers are asking themselves. Each episode has a situation that Karma and her friends explore and find answers to. Racial differences, bullying, social challenges are delved into. Kids model age-appropriate behavior, ask parents for help. 

Positive Messages

Heartfelt and touching lessons are learned. Always tell the truth, especially when it's hard. The real magic is spending time with family. Speak up for yourself. Your friends can hurt you even if they don't mean to, so talk with them about your true feelings. Be proud of who you are. What makes you special is worth hanging onto even if people doubt you. Beauty comes from the inside. Help when you can. Be creative. Ask for help.

Positive Role Models

Karma's parents are very strong and available to her and her brother. They explain how differences can be strength. They allow her to grow. They encourage their kids to be courageous. Other adults check in with the kids to see how they are. There is a true community depicted.

Diverse Representations

Karma comes from an African American family that feels authentic in its connection, pride, and expression. There are kids with disabilities in this show. People in the community come from many different ethnicities, backgrounds, ages, and races. Girls are strong and rise to challenges. White people are in the minority in this show.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

People eat chips and candy bars a lot.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Karma's World was created by actor and musician Ludacris, written by Halcyon Person (Blaze and the Monster Machines), and Kellie R. Griffin (Tyler Perry's House of Payne), all accomplished writers who are Black. The result is a series told from a Black middle-school girl's perspective. Expect creative, fully fleshed-out characters who have problems that they try to solve with the help of their family, friends, and community. 

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What's the story?

In KARMA'S WORLD, Karma Grant is a middle schooler who loves to make music to "express [her] feelings to the world." She writes lyrics in her journal, and performs her raps in front of her friends, family, and community. She faces challenges with the help of her parents. In each episode, she copes with issues having to do with race, confidence, identity, expression, and self-esteem. Will she be able to follow her dreams? Or will obstacles get in her way? 

Is it any good?

Middle school issues get the star treatment in a show created by Black writers, actors, and producers, who've drawn from their own experiences. Heartfelt, complex issues that tweens face are artfully faced in Karma's World. In one touching episode, Karma's friends from different backgrounds touch her hair and ask why she doesn't have "normal" hair. After they leave, Karma's mother sits her down and speaks to her in a realistic, powerful way that will touch kids from all walks of life.

This series is full of empowering moments, which parents will appreciate. The message doesn't get in the way of the plot, however; it's blended  with the action and movement of the characters' lives. Ultimately, this show does what the best shows do -- it uses art to inspire, empower, and elevate through storytelling. An excellent choice for young tweens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Karma exhibits integrity in Karma's World. What happens when you lie about something? What do you do to have integrity?

  • Karma tries to communicate about important issues with her friends and family -- both by talking and rapping. How do you best communicate with your friends and family?

  • Karma's friends don't really use cellphones that much. Do kids in your middle school spend time on their cellphones?

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For kids who love black voices

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