A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The women are trying to rebuild their lives in a positive way. Weighty, complex issues like poverty, absentee parents, teen prengancy/single motherhood, and imprisonment are discussed.
Positive Role Models
They aren’t perfect, but both women are earnestly attempting to create more independent and empowered lives for themselves and their families.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild sexual innuendo. Romance and feelings for each woman’s former boyfriends/partners are frequently discussed, as is frustration about not finding a man. The women often dress in tight, cleavage-revealing outfits. Promiscuity is occasionally discussed, and Toya talks about getting pregnant and having a child at the age of 14.
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Words like "damn" and "hell" are audible; curse words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Hip Hop artists T.I. and L’il Waye are discussed. Tiny was a member of the successful hip-hop group Xscape; her music is sometimes heard in the background. The women are using the series to promote their personal business ventures. Expensive cars and other luxury items are occasionally visible in the background.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (wine, champagne, mixed drinks). Toya struggles with a drug-addicted mother.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows two women as they rebuild their lives after leaving their hip-hop celebrity partners -- includes some salty language ("hell," "damn") and bleeped curse words, as well as sexual innuendo, some drinking, and references to violence. The show touches on heavy themes like imprisonment, drug addiction, and poverty but ultimately has positive messages about family, friendship, good parenting, and the importance of women empowering themselves.
Is It Any Good?
This somewhat voyeuristic series is intended to challenge the tabloid gossip that's surrounded its stars for years -- and to give viewers a chance to see both women outside of the large shadows cast by their former celebrity partners. Unfortunately, there's so much discussion about the hip-hop industry (and their roles in it) that it's hard to look beyond it. Adding to this is the women's rather luxurious lifestyle (courtesty of Tiny's former singing career and Toya's high-profile divorce).
That said, there's also something very poignant and genuine about the women's personal struggles. Their stories offer a reality check to anyone who thinks that it's easy to live in the limelight -- or that money is the solution to all problems. And, unlike many reality shows, this one offers the chance to watch two women empower themselves ... rather than allowing themselves to be objectified by men.
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