The BAP Handbook
The Official Guide to the Black American Princess
Publication Date: May 1, 2001
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-- 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.
KALYN JOHNSON is an associate at a large law firm in New York.
TRACEY LEWIS is a writer.
KARLA LIGHTFOOT 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 janearcherillustration.com