Being heir to the throne of super-stardom is no easy feat.
Straddling the fine line between one’s actual identity and the high expectation of living up to the public image of one’s celebrity parent, brother, or grandparent comes with a lot of pressure.
In a past interview with Teen Vogue, Selah Marley—daughter of Lauren Hill and Rohan Marley—talked about the pressures she faces with having to live up to the superstar images of her mother and late grandfather. In the interview, she also spoke about dealing with the fear of dishonoring her family name.
“People tell me I have to follow in the footsteps of my mom and grandfather,” Marley told Teen Vogue in 2011. “But it’s a lot of pressure–I can’t really slip up and mess up the name,” said the aspiring model.
Actress, Zoe Kravitz–daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz– told UK newspaper, “Having well-known parents is kind of like a two-edge sword.”
“It’s given me wonderful opportunities but people also like to knock you down because of it, too, and say you have got things because of that.”
The woes of escaping the shadow of one’s superstar family member are nothing new, but the “it comes with the territory” adage doesn’t alleviate the pressure brought on by obstacles faced.
On Thursday evening, WE tv celebrated a further look into the lives of next generation hip-hop royalty with the season 2 premiere screening of Growing Up Hip Hop at the Paley Center For Media in New York City. The screening was complemented by a sneak peak of Money. Power. Respect, WE tv’s newest series which chronicles the career moves of six esteemed female attorneys in the hip-hop industry.
GUHH follows the offspring of hip-hop superstars— Damon Dash, Pepa, Reverend Run, Master P, James DeBarge, and the late Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, on their journey to independent success. On the show, the young heirs face life-altering challenges as they fight to maintain their own identities, brand, and family names–all at the same time.
But, they are not alone on their trek, as overprotective family members remain on-call to guide them through the many adversities that will arise.
After the screening, Power 105.1 radio personality, Angela Yee conducted a Q&A panel with GUHH’s main cast members. The only cast members missing from the panel were TJ Mizell, and Angela Simmons, who was absent due to the birth of her first child.
During the panel, cast members Kristinia DeBarge, Romeo Miller, and Egypt Criss, shared their viewpoints on having to choose between pursuing their careers and attending college. Mid-way discussion, Damon “Boogie” Dash Jr, revealed he had lost some weight after quitting alcohol while Kristinia DeBarge addressed rumors about her father James DeBarge having a secret daughter with ex-wife, Janet Jackson.
On the new season of GUHH, you’ll see TJ, Kristinia, Boogie, Angela, Egypt, and Romeo, continue their journey in the entertainment world as their relationships with one another progresses.
This new season is filled with tons of surprises entailing, heartache, new romance, betrayal, disappointment, and triumph.
Stay tuned for WE TV’s season 2 premiere of GUHH on October 13, 9|8 p.m. central followed by Money. Power. Respect at 10|9 p.m. central.