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Coming To Lifetime: 'BAPs' (New Series Follows Friends Who Self-Identify as Black American Princesses & Princes)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 10, 2014 6:39 PM
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Lifetime (that fledgling black TV network that doesn't call itself a black TV network) has announced a new docu-series (euphemism for "reality TV show") titled "BAPs" which the network says will pull back the curtain on what the press release describes as an exclusive, privileged and affluent group of African American friends from St. Louis who self-identify as "BAPs" - Black American Princesses and Princes.

Each hour-long episode of "BAPs" will delve into the lives and lifestyle of this circle of friends. 

Here's more:

Dressed to the nines with egos to spare, there is no shortage of conflict, humor and heart among the group that includes Anisha, Kristen, Gina, Jason, Riccarda and Brandon. With a dynamic that can change from BFFs to frenemies at the drop of a hat, together they attend St. Louis' most exclusive social institutions and events... but no occasion is conflict-free. Competing to be the most successful and beautiful person in their circle is sure to bind and divide them, especially when Anisha's boyfriend, Kendrick, and his niece, Rai-Rai, represent everything a BAP is not.

Ah yes, there's always a cousin/niece/aunt/uncle Rai-Rai...

Premiering Wednesday, July 23rd, at 10pm ET/PT, "BAPs" follows these lifelong friends who believe being a BAP in today's world is a birthright.

6 episodes of "BAPs" have been ordered for this season.

"BAPs" is produced by Asylum Entertainment and Steve Michaels, and Jonathan Koch are the executive producers. Lifetime's Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Kimberly Chessler also executive produce. 

Ok, so it's not exactly like the 1997 Halle Berry movie, if that's of any comfort to you. Although I've been hoping that this reality TV craze is on its tail-end, as more networks seemingly push towards an emphasis on original scripted drama and comedy series instead. I guess not... not yet anyway.

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  • StL Native | August 7, 2014 4:50 PMReply

    I am so outraged at this show!!! I am an educated 24 year old black woman from St. Louis with my Masters Degree and I grew up unprivileged and poor in the county. Before watching this show I was excited to see the premiere bc there is two different classes of blacks in St. Louis. Kendrick and Rai Rai keep it real on the show they are your average so St Louis blacks. But the cast who portrays as a "BAP" makes me furious! They act just as ghetto and trifling as the ghetto blacks in the city! Someone who spits on someone has no class and is completely tasteless as well as anyone who would fight or argue in public. And just because they have money does not make them a BAP as I stated I grew up poor but because I'm not ignorant and conduct myself in a professional way in public at all times. I would never act as these people do on tv. They way they think they are better than other black is also sickening because it shows how ignorant they are to talk so low about their own race and don't realize the circumstances or situations of people who are less fortunate. They should be role models but instead they are just snooty wannabe sellouts who are pathetic and I'm so tired of watching ignorant shows exploiting the ugly in African Americans.

  • Ruth | August 7, 2014 2:34 AMReply

    I hope someone will start a petition to get this crap of the air ASAP.

  • MsiSaidIt | August 6, 2014 11:30 PMReply

    Bap's is the worst reality tv show ever. Who the heck are those people? I am not interested in watching that show, it's nothing but a bunch of ghetto acting, ratchet people on it. Lifetime please cancle that show because we the people do not want to watch them wannabes..

  • Felicia | August 3, 2014 11:01 PMReply

    This is the worse show on the planet. Seriously it makes African-Americans look like the only race on the planet who completely and constantly degrade one another. I don't like the way these people portray themselves just because you are more privileged then another doesn't mean anything! Get it together... Who created this?

  • Bootsie | July 29, 2014 7:10 PMReply

    I can't believe this show :( . I already know who I don't care for on the show (Kristen). But lets be clear. all of the ladies are crazy as hell. except for gina. Gina is the only one I can see so far that has showed class and at the same time also keeping it real, In other words she can get down if she has too. Kristen comes off on the show as a true snob. Nobody likes a person like that. I don't care if you black, white, green or yellow. She made a comment about Anissa guy friend, Basically saying he doesn't fit in with that particular group. WHY ? This show is crazy!! I hope they really don't act like this in real life. I hope their action are just for show. Anissa and Kristen issues are just stupid. Both of them said some hateful things to each other. So they should just realize that both of them was wrong and apologize to each other and move on.

  • Jenelle Robinson | July 28, 2014 5:13 PMReply

    This show makes St. Louis look like an urban honey booboo! These people are trifling.
    How do they go on tv to say that they are educated African Americans? I am African American, my parents are doctors and I am an educator and I never saw this behavior growing up. Screaming, carrying on, loud, tacky women. I am thankful that “I” was brought up in a respectable atmosphere. I’d say this group is Nouveau Riche but I’m afraid their combined net worth doesn't qualify them!

  • Keisha W | July 28, 2014 5:09 PMReply

    As a professional black woman (attorney) I have to say that this is an embarrassment. These women (not ladies and FAR from Princesses) have set black people back a good 30 years. You are not affluent, you are not educated, and you are not classy. No one with class or an education would behave like this. You are tacky, loud and low class. This idea of cheap jewelry, trashy clothes, bad wigs/weaves and loud mouths are exactly why bad stereotypes about black women continue to exist. You call yourselves “business people”? I can’t think of any investor that would want to work with the likes of you in the future.

  • Disgusted | July 26, 2014 12:55 PMReply

    Show is disgusting. Very similar to love n hip hop, way to go Anissa n Kristen. Born a bap, sad, sad. Then cheatham, mommy and wife will not be your initials doll

    Good luck

  • Sam | July 24, 2014 8:26 PMReply

    This is sad, take it off. I thought it was just me, but when the news reports that over 90% of the views didn't like it as well. I glad someone else thinks like me.

  • love | July 24, 2014 3:33 PMReply

    I'm so disappointed! To say that you're Cosby black ,not Good Times black is some house slave/field slave mess. Mr. Bill Cosby would not applaud such ignorance . My 2 siblings, my cousin & myself attended private Catholic schools, our children do now& we lived in the city. We're all doing great & would never look down on our own race regardless of financial status and/or where you lived. Don't we get that enough from White Americans. These BAPS(smh) are so damn ghetto that its sickening. After the first show I see that they are like school on a Saturday…….. NO CLASS!!!! That came from Fat Albert & the Cosby kids, a cartoon of kids in the inner city, playing in a junkyard created by Bill Cosby.

  • Jenelle | July 28, 2014 5:15 PM

    Yes, I agree, I am a black professional and this is shameful. It is ghetto, ignorant and pathetic. They CLEARLY do not have educations or money. They they wonder why white people have an image of black women (mostly) of being tacky, loud, rude and incredibly ignorant. I am so embarrassed. Lifetime, start making shows with African Americans at a higher intellectual level, PLEASE!

  • Sam | July 24, 2014 8:30 PM

    you are so right

  • Deitrice | July 24, 2014 8:47 AMReply

    I was very excited to watch this show, until I was hit with the classest remarks about african americans. Reality check all african american didnt grown up in the hood or using public housing. I grew up in the country then the suburbs. My mother and father both have college education and so do I. We dont look down and our noses are people dont have college education. I am done with this show.... If you want a positive show to watch see Love in the City on Own...

  • Khristian Dean Alexander | July 24, 2014 1:50 AMReply

    I have mixed emotions about this show. I was born into the same world as these people affluent African American society. I just hope they do not cast a negative shadow on a world that many never knew existed.

  • Deitrice | July 24, 2014 8:56 AM

    I so sorry but it really did. It just appeared classest. The statement about we are not like most black people because we didnt live in the hood was terrible. That is thumbing your nose at the people in your race. Why wouldn't they want to be pioneers instead of separated. I grew up in a middle class home and in the suburbs and I dont act that way. It is shameful.

  • Darla Davis | July 24, 2014 12:11 AMReply

    What is this CRAP! Are you kidding me? Black American Princess? Did you guys give yourselves that title? These are ghetto chicks. This is an outcry! These people DO NOT represent America's finest Black People!!
    ..and by the way..Miss thing looks like she's had too much government cheese and Kristen, please! So sad-

  • just a thought | July 23, 2014 10:14 PMReply

    I was excited for something new to watch. Then the first five minutes in I hear the "I'm better than you" line. Excuse me? Come on people she was proud to say she's nothing like a black person. She was basically saying all of the stereotypical crap as in "I've never worn a gold chain" "I grew up in the suburbs" "Never had government cheese" So what?I don't know about anyone else but a bap is supposed to be a black American prince(ss). Someone with class, grace and well black. How can you be that if your idea of black is stereotypes on television.

  • WAPS | July 21, 2014 10:36 PMReply

    This is bullshit, we all know if there was a show called
    WAPS it wouldn't be given a chance. "Black" so great makes a princess! Sad world
    We live in that this is the name of a show. There would
    Be an outcry of racism if it had the title
    Of White. GFYS

  • HATER | July 23, 2014 8:36 AM

    BYE HATER!!! Why you white people care so much????? No one would give a carp if the show was called WAPS and is about White American Princesses!!! There is a show right now on BRAVO about the white royals in London no one cares!!! So why are you so bothered??? Get over it!

  • Yvette | July 15, 2014 7:54 PMReply

    Happy for the BAP"S in St.Louis (Shine guys! would love to see professionalism and positiveness on this reality show it will be very encouraging to African American of today we need it.

  • Tamika Taylor-Jackson | July 10, 2014 7:36 PMReply

    How can I Ms.Tamika Chereese get a part of the action?

  • Segolene | June 12, 2014 10:17 AMReply

    St. Louis? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
    I know people want to feel they are trendy, hip and happening, but really, how trendy, hip and happening can you be in St. Louis, Missouri? Kansas City actually has a cultural & art scene that is developing into something vibrant and lovely. St. Louis? This is filming there because it's a cheap shoooooooot...
    Let's face it, even Atlanta is boring. Hotlanta my foot.

  • Tonya | June 19, 2014 5:31 PM

    The way you hating you must be from St. Louis. And if you not you sure do think you know alot about it. You sound mad and the fact you trying to say KC is trendy is funny all in itself. You're one of them crab in a barrell type people.

  • Donella | June 11, 2014 1:43 PMReply

    I've waited so long...

  • Marie | June 11, 2014 9:56 AMReply

    Arrogant black folks in freaking St. Louis? Snore. If they were as amazing as they think they are, they wouldn't want anything to do with a reality tv series.

  • Bolaji | June 11, 2014 5:18 AMReply

    I just realised reality TV is the modern version of a soap opera. It'll only stop when a worse updated version of the genre comes along

  • Mia | June 13, 2014 9:21 AM

    are you out of your mind....
    to even compare a soap opera to that ignorant reality tv shit is totally ridiculous...

  • Miles Ellison | June 10, 2014 9:07 PMReply

    The torture never stops.

  • TJR | June 10, 2014 7:08 PMReply

    But um...they from St. Louis doe?!?

  • lkanony | July 10, 2014 7:56 PM

    You said it....I don't understand the hype so much either....with all the deserving cities in the country that can easily represent BAP culture the network is settling for St. Louis. But well....I suppose TRUE, LEGITIMATE, BAPS (nor their offspring) DON'T do the likes of common reality TV shows...they may do A ONE-TIME DOCUMENTARY discussing the black middle/upper-middle and upper classes perhaps and that's about it.

  • biff | June 10, 2014 7:02 PMReply


    Whoa, that one girl's kind of foine. I'm in.

  • Mia | June 13, 2014 9:23 AM

    well when dumb ass people stop watching that shit.. they take it off the air.. you know any network that goes that low... is only catering to the lowest of the low... in society

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