reality tv

From Ratchet to Riches: The Reality of Black Women on Reality TV

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Lifetime recently announced that it was cancelling its newest reality show, BAPs. BAPs stood for Black American Princesses and Princes and followed a crew of female and male friends who were allegedly affluent and part of the Black bourgeoisie of St. Louis. It seemed that...

Chrisette Michele Says She Regrets Doing Reality TV: “This Negativity is Tragic”

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Chrisette Michele now joins the long list of stars who let cameras follow their lives for reality TV, and regretted it soon after. The singer is slated to appear on TVOne’s “R&B Divas: LA” and already considers filming a mistake. She posted the below letter...

Lifetime Greenlights ‘BAPs,’ a New Reality Series About Black American Princesses

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If you thought the success of shows like Scandal, Being Mary Jane, and Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots signaled the end of the reality show deluge and a rise in scripted shows targeting Black audiences you were wrong. Lifetime, the self-proclaimed network for...

The Formulaic Script Of Race & Reality TV

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While Black women are clearly underrepresented in films and on prime time comedies and dramas, the same cannot be said of our representation on reality television. The sheer number of reality programs on television today makes it difficult to determine if we are in some...

So Is BBWLA “The I Hate Draya Show” Now?

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I can’t tell if I’m watching the new season of Basketball Wives: LA because I’m a masochist or if I’m using it as a weekly reminder on the virtues of never becoming a miserable, insufferable jackass so desperate for cheap fame that I’m willing to...