New reality series, ‘BAPS’ coming to Lifetime


Lifetime TV may have found the counter to ratchet reality television.

You may recognize the name B.A.P.S.  from the 1997 black comedy starring Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle-Reid, where two friends move to Los Angeles to become dancers but become real-life African princesses after scamming a dying millionaire out of his fortune. Thanks to Lifetime TV, a set of self-proclaimed, modern day Black African Princesses will be headed to your living room.

The new Lifetime docu-series, “BAPS,” will follow a group of privileged friends from St. Louis, Missouri, who according to Lifetime are self-proclaimed Black African Princesses and Princes, “always dressed to the nines with egos in tow, and aren’t afraid to share their opinions about the men in their lives and about each other.”

The tight-knit clique includes Anisha, Kristen, Gina, Jason, Riccarda and Brandon. Together, this group, complete with best friends to frenemies attend some of St. Louis’ most elite events, including fashion shows, the symphony and charity events. But no occasion is conflict-free as these friends compete to be the most successful in their circle.

While “BAPS” certainly does sound interesting, we’ve learned through reality shows like “Love & Hip Hop” and the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” that people will turn on the drama when cameras are involved. Will this close knit group of friends be able to keep their affluent lifestyles and demeanor’s in check in front of the camera? Will you be watching? – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

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