The BAP Handbook

The Official Guide to the Black American Princess

By Ginger Wilson; Kalyn Johnson; Tracey Lewis; Karla Lightfoot
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780767905503, 224pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2001

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"Finally, a book about the Black American Princess If you're already a BAP or just want to act like one, this book is for you "
-- E. Lynn Harris, author of "Not a Day Goes By
"In the bestselling tradition of "The Official Preppy Handbook," here is""a must-have manual for the BAP and those who love her.
Black American Princess: 1: a pampered female of African American descent, born to an upper-middle or upper-class family 2: an African American female whose life experiences give her a sense of royalty and entitlement 3: BAP ("acronym"): colloquial expression 4: an African American female accustomed to the best and nothing less.
Drawn from hours of interviews, archival research, and frequent visits to Prada, "The Black American Princess Handbook "offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at this exclusive lifestyle. Your total guide to BAP speak, BAP style, and BAP history, this one-of-a-kind book explains everything you ever wanted know about living the BAP life-from breaking in a shop-a-phobic dad to planning a magical BAP debutante ball.
In addition, you'll learn why a true BAP cleans her house before the housekeeper arrives, what to do if your Baby BAP wants to play sports, and whether it's OK for a relative to sing "I Believe I Can Fly" at a BAP wedding. Also featuring spot-the-BAP checklists, suggestions for top BAP colleges, a Who's Who of famous BAPs, a glossary (including essential French phrases), actual diary entries and e-mails from BAPS of all ages, and crucial chapters such as "It's High Noon-Do You Know Where Your Groove Is?"
"The Black American Princess Handbook "is destined to become a coveted treasure for BAPs worldwide. And, published just in time for graduation, it's sure to be at the top of every BAP's shopping list.

About the Author

KALYN JOHNSON is an associate at a large law firm in New York.
is a writer.
is an advertising sales executive in New York.
GINGER WILSON, a Chicago attorney, is the executive director of a legal staffing firm.

JANE ARCHER is an illustrator who works in book publishing in New York. To see more of her work, visit her on the web at

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