Under the network’s new script-to-series model, the project inspired by the novel Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class from Lee Daniels and Karen Gist has been ordered to series.
The book, written by Lawrence Otis Graham, consisted of him interviewing members of “prominent black families” in America.
If you remember correctly, the project was once in development in 2017 from 20th Century Fox (now under Disney) and Fox from former Empire co-EP Wendy Calhoun, who was writing the script. An official order was never made on that version. In 2019, it was revealed to still be active once Lee Daniels and mixed-ish showrunner Karen Gist (who also the final showrunner for Daniels’ Star at Fox) were attached to redevelop the project, now from which is from 20th TV and Fox Entertainment.
The logline: Single mom Angela Vaughn risks it all and moves her family to Martha’s Vineyard with hopes of taking her natural hair care line to the next level by infiltrating the African American elite in Oak Bluffs. But she soon discovers a secret about her past that just might change her position and shake up her life and this influential community forever.
Here’s the official description of Graham’s book:
Debutante cotillions. Million-dollar homes. Summers in Martha’s Vineyard. Membership in the Links, Jack & Jill, Deltas, Boule, and AKAs. An obsession with the right schools, families, social clubs, and skin complexion. This is the world of the black upper class and the focus of the first book written about the black elite by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group. Author and TV commentator Lawrence Otis Graham, one of the nation’s most prominent spokesmen on race and class, spent six years interviewing the wealthiest black families in America. He includes historical photos of a people that made their first millions in the 1870s. Graham tells who’s in and who’s not in the group today with separate chapters on the elite in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nashville, and New Orleans. A new Introduction explains the controversy that the book elicited from both the black and white communities.
Deadline first reported the series order news.