When The Real premiered back in 2013, my interest immediately piqued. Originally hosted by Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry and Loni Love, the daytime talk show showed so much promise. Before watching an episode, I already felt seen by the show.

Here were women I grew up watching on TV and in films, women who I deeply admired, slated to take on the daytime space. I thought, finally, a morning show that would reflect perspectives I could identify with and talk about the topics I care about. For the first time in my life, I was excited about a daytime TV show.