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Monica: Still Standing
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 this reality series -- which follows R&B singer Monica as she records a new album and juggles her personal life -- has positive messages about family, motherhood, and being true to yourself. Compared to many reality shows, the conflict and language are mild (though there's always the potential for some racy song lyrics to pop up). It does serve as a promotional vehicle for the singer and her forthcoming album, and logos for industry players like j records and Adonis Recordings are visible, as are brands like Mercedes Benz.
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What's the story?
MONICA: STILL STANDING follows R&B singer Monica as she attempts to balance her music career with her personal life. Cameras roll as the artist -- along with her cousin/manager Melinda Dancil -- works with producers and label owners to create music that will be commercially successful while also allowing her to stay true to herself. When not in the recording studio, the singer raises her two young sons, oversees the remodel of her Atlanta mansion, and shares her life with her fiance, hip-hop singer Rocko. Throughout it all, her extended family is there to support her.
Is it any good?
First and foremost, Monica is a promotional vehicle for the singer and her forthcoming album. It emphasizes the work that goes into producing a record that will be commercially successful and shows the R&B singer standing up for the work that she believes best represents her, while also trying to meet the demands of the music industry.
But Monica also uses the series as a platform for showing how it's possible to overcome life's many challenges. She openly credits her extended family with helping her overcome health problems, the death of loved ones, and the commercial failure of her previous single. All in all, it’s not the most exciting of reality shows, but it does offer viewers some positive messages about persevering despite whatever personal hardships life throws your way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the kind of work that goes into creating an album. Are you surprised by the number of people involved in producing a record? How hard is it to rebound after a previous record doesn't sell well?
Why do some artists use strong language and/or focus on adult themes in their music? Is it about being creative? Shocking audiences? Communicating something specific? How do these lyrics make you feel when you hear them?
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