BET’s BALDWIN HILLS: Injecting Race and Class into the Projective Drama

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For those of you who are regular readers of this blog (hi Mom!), you may have noticed that my posting has dropped somewhat over the last few weeks. This is due to the mid-semester crunch as well as some other writing deadlines I had to meet.

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One of these deadlines was for the wonderful site Flow TV, “a critical forum on television and media culture published by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Flow’s mission is to provide a space where the public can discuss the changing landscape of contemporary media.”


If you’d like to read my article on BET’s reality show, Baldwin Hills, it went live today and can be accessed through the link below:

BET’s Baldwin Hills: Injecting Race and Class into the Projective Drama



3 thoughts on “BET’s BALDWIN HILLS: Injecting Race and Class into the Projective Drama

    songsaboutbuildingsandfood said:
    November 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

    very interesting! have you seen harlem heights? you would love it. i think that one’s even more captivating w/r/t applying racial issues to this form (questions of being “bougie” or not and what that means, talk about historically black colleges vs. the ivy league, black sororities, people working as community organizers (!) and political campaigners instead of at bolthouse and teen vogue)

    Annie Petersen said:
    November 13, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Yeah Flow! So glad to have you aboard.

    princesscowboy responded:
    November 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    @songs: Yes I have seen a few episodes of HARLEM HEIGHTS! From the few episodes I’ve watched it seems be more along the lines of THE HILLS in terms of its wealthy cast members having important, interesting jobs, etc., except that they are way less vapid than THE HILLS cast.

    I find it interesting that BET has no plans to make a 4th season of BALDWIN HILLS. I have yet to investigate why though I assume it was the ratings? And yet THE HILLS just won’t die…

    @Annie Thanks for having me aboard!

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