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Young, Famous, & African

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Soapy reality has cursing, consumerism, some culture.

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This soapy series features all the relationship drama and obnoxious materialistic bling that these types of reality series are known for. Cast members, who hail from South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, are a combination of actors, musicians, business people, and Instagram celebs who are very proud of being A-listers. They also aren't afraid to hold back on some of the more sensationalist aspects of their lives. But Young, Famous, & African also contains some empowering messages, especially from many of the women, who are strong and successful in their own right, despite functioning in very patriarchal systems. Meanwhile, the entire group is committed to challenging the current stereotypes about Africa, and Africans, that persist in Western nations. There are some cultural nuances that Western viewers may not fully understand, but this does not make it difficult to watch. If you are looking for a guilty pleasure, no doubt that this one will fit the bill.

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