New money and those with bragging rights, African Americans are boasting about their wealthy lifestyles on reality television like never before.

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” proclaims “Atlanta is a mecca for wealthy African Americans. Nowhere else is there an elite society of African Americans going to galas, fashion shows and living in luxury gated communities. Atlanta is the black Hollywood.”
Shows centered on African American celebrities with money include “MTV’s “Run’s House,” TV Land’s “Family Foreman,” VH1’s “Luke’s Parental Advisory” to name a few. Upcoming reality stars also include shows like MTV’s “Buzzin’ ” and VH1’s “New York Goes to Hollywood.”
BET’s “Baldwin Hills,” which is considered a docusoap in the mold of “The Hills” filmed around the well-to-do Los Angeles neighborhood, will enter their second season.
Others like VH1’s “I Want to Work for Diddy” and MTV’s “From G’s to Gents,” have significant numbers of black participants and proves the popularity demand for these types of shows.
Do these shows represent black class and the new black Hollywood?

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