All of us who have gotten lost in a BuzzFeed video trance know who Quinta Brunson is. She's an actress, a comedian, and an all-around boss. And although you might have seen the BuzzFeed videos she writes, produces and stars in recently, she's been in the game for a minute, even studying comedy at The Second City in Chicago at just 17 years old.
And she just sold two original series — Broke and Adopted — to YouTube and Verizon respectively (You can watch a sneak peak of Broke here.) It's safe to say we're beyond excited to see what else Brunson has in store for us.
Get to know Quinta further before she presents at AfroTech this November, and read our interview with her below:
Blavity: What were your career goals early in life? And how did you end up on your current path?
Quinta Brunson: I saw myself becoming an actress or an automotive engineer. I was very into cars in my teens. Later on, I just wanted to be an assistant at Pixar. I think all of these aspirations led me to where I am now. I wound up keeping the principles that made me interested in those jobs and becoming more fluid in their culmination.
B: What has it been like to be someone whose content is frequently viral? How do you deal with the feedback (constructive and nonconstructive) and attention that comes with that?
QB: The highs are really fun. I enjoy making something that uniquely goes viral without people really knowing about me or who I am. That's quite a rush. I like getting feedback of any kind because it just gives me something to think about. The attention is cool! I balance it so that it has its place and is not invasive of my personal space/creative process.
B: What have been your favorite videos or series to produce or star in? What about that project was the most satisfying for you?
QB: I have loved working on Broke. It was such a project of passion for me. It's great to see it grow. The entire crew and cast were fantastic. It has also been my first venture into the world of showrunning and executive production.
B: Where do you turn for inspiration in our current digital climate? What content creators inspire you with what they’re doing?
QB: Donald Glover has been a constant inspiration. Chance the Rapper inspires me as well. I am very inspired by innovators. I'd have to add Steve Jobs, Oprah, Spike Jonze and Wong Fu to the list. On top of that, my friends and peers are beyond inspirational. I'm very inspired by companies that are good at growing with the times as well — Facebook, Twitter, Netflix etc.
B: When you were first breaking into comedy, what was your experience like as a black woman? And what tips do you have for black women entering the field?
QB: You know, I had an endearing experience. Ignorantly optimistic, my unique perspective as a black woman actually made me very successful and wanted in the beginning of it all. I also had a good community of improvisers and comics that were around. My advice would be to trust in the uniqueness of it all and be open to growth — not scared of it. And brush off the weak shit.
B: What are your biggest motivators?
QB: I have a vision for what I want. I've had it forever. I don't know what my life would be without it, so I have to stay on the path.
B: What do you do to unwind? How do you make time for you?
QB: I go to universal studios. I go to Hawaii. I listen to music and paint or draw. Honestly, nights with friends and spirits are the best. I went camping recently and boy, did that charge my spirit up.
B: How did you carve out such a name for yourself in the saturated digital landscape? How did you find your niche and your audience?
QB: Answering with retrospect — I think it was timing, patience and the unique perspective.
B: Congratulations on selling both ‘Broke’ and ‘Adopted!’ What excites you most about these endeavors?
QB: Thank you! I'm excited because these shows are an opportunity for me to play and learn in larger spaces with higher stakes. It's a challenge. Showrunning and writing are important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to creating new narratives. I'm really excited to do both on these shows.
B: What can we expect next from you?
QB: We'll all just have to wait and see!
B: Anything else we should know?
"Support young creators. We're the change you want to see!"
For more from Quinta Brunson and other game-changers, get your tickets to AfroTech! We'll see you there.
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Football season is back, y'all. Your favorite players are getting into their groove, your Sunday's are officially booked, and if you were brave enough to play Fantasy Football, you're finding your place in the league.
If you're competing with your friends to see who the very best GM is, you'll recognize these types of Fantasy Football players:
Remember there is no shame in calling out your league players for who they really are. Tag'em in the comments below!
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A couple days ago we got the news that Cartoon Network’s Regular Show would be coming to an end after eight seasons of production. It's a bit unexpected given the show’s success, but don’t worry, I have you covered. Although there are rumors circling around that Adult Swim could pick up the cartoon, for now, check out these 11 reasons why Regular Show was dope.
1. Over-the-top humor
Despite being on Cartoon Network and being advertised to children, Regular Show definitely deserved AT LEAST a TV-14 rating at times. From the blatant allusions to swearing, to all the sexual puns. Regular Show, at times, reminded us more of an Adult Swim show than a show meant for kids to watch after school.
2. Romantic without being corny
Did you ship Mordecai and Margaret? Or maybe you liked Mordecai and CJ? Regardless of who you liked together, Regular Show was able to add a romantic element to the show with it being painfully awkward. We all could relate to Mordecai stumbling his way through his interactions with girls. Even Rigby and Eileen’s arc was relatable, whether you’ve had to shade someone or you've been shaded.
3. Mordecai and Rigby were an amazing comedy duo
Chemistry between characters in a comedy is important, but being able to depict that same chemistry in a cartoon is priceless. The two would argue and fight, but when it was all said and done, they were there for each other. No matter how much trouble one would get in, they would have each other’s back. Isn’t that what we all want in a best friend?
4. The supporting cast was top notch
The wisdom from Skips, Muscle Man's undying love for Starla — the supporting cast of Regular Show was on point. Benson helped push character growth in Mordecai and Rigby, despite their reluctance to listen to him. And I will always fight and say that High-Five ghost deserved more screen time. The supporting cast gave color and life to the dynamic duo of Mordecai and Rigby.
5. They had Childish Gambino, MC Lyte and Tyler, The Creator on there!
Don’t tell me you forgot about the battle rap episode. Yes, Regular Show had an episode where Tyler, Childish and Lyte dropped bars on Mordecai and Rigby. Words can’t describe it, so just watch it (and I dare you to tell me Gambino don’t have bars).
6. Mordecai and Rigby were true nerds
They played video games, new and old. They were into wrestling, karate, anime — you name it and Mordecai and Rigby were into it, if not obsessed with it, sometimes to a fault.
7. It had some of the weirdest villains
Honestly, I think my argument for Regular Show getting close to Adult Swim is solidified in some of the villains they created on this show. Remember Iacedrom and Ygbir?! Or what about the gang of robot toys, the Capicola Gang. Some of these villains like the Coffee Bean were never even defeated, the duo just escaped from them.
8. They threw the best parties
9. The soundtrack
Regular Show always had the best soundtrack and played some old school hits. From Queen to Eddie Murphy, from The Velvet Underground to Johann Bach, they mixed beautiful cartoon visuals with an amazing vintage soundtrack. Also, let’s not sleep on the time Rigby paid homage to Eazy-E.
10. They took us to realms outside of this universe
These two had the best adventures into worlds we didn’t know existed. Who knew that the consequences of breaking a jinx could be so catastrophic? Who thought a giant coffee bean would betray you for concert tickets? The actions of employees in a small park had repercussions not just for the park, but the universe and even across the future.
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It's happening! It's really happening! We've known for a while that Awkward Black Girl creator (read: genius) Issa Rae was launching her new comedy series on HBO. We've known it would be called Insecure. And we've also known that it would be premiering this fall. Now ABG fans both old and new can get even more excited because the trailer just dropped, and it's giving us life.
Many people wanted to know why she chose the name Insecure, and Rae explained that she wanted to chronicle a specific experience for Black women. "It's because there’s this narrative that's going around that's awesome, that Black women are fierce, they're strong, they're flawless," Rae said in a video post on Twitter. "But I know that life. And my friends definitely don't know that life. I wanted to center a show around, like, weak Black women and the uncertainty they feel on that journey to get to greatness. It's like the prequel to #BlackGirlMagic."
A girl is ready AF. #InsecureHBO pic.twitter.com/eBlfgRzyF7
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) September 8, 2016
So are we, girl. So. Are. We.
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The first day of school can be hard for anyone. From elementary school to college (and even as a teacher), you don't always know what to expect. You might instantly make friends or have to go into defense mode if those around you are bullies. To help her son prepare for his first day, Instagram and Twitter sensation Wuzzam Supa decided to teach him about the art of roasting.
Take a look at the video as she prepares her son to take on his first day of school with power and confidence (and a side of roasting genius).
1st day of school📚🍎✏️ Teaching my boy how to roast EARLY🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ll8esRDwgP
— Wuzzam Supa (@WuzzamSupa) August 11, 2016
Her son seems like a quick learner, and we hope to see more funny videos from the adorable duo in the future.
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Donald Glover's return to TV is highly anticipated, and the brief teaser promo for his upcoming project Atlanta has had all of us wondering exactly what kind of show it was going to be. But the official trailer above has dialogue and showcases some character dynamics in a way we haven't yet seen.
The show is classified as a comedy, but has a serious tone that conveys some key messages Glover wanted to tackle. Although the show follows two cousins looking to come up in Atlanta's rap scene, it's clear there are deeper messages he's trying to portray.
At the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, Glover said that the thesis of Atlanta was to convey how it feels to be black. And commenting on the darker tone of the comedy and why that was important to him, he said, "I always want people to be scared, because that's kind of how it feels to be black."
Atlanta will premiere on September 6 on FX at 10 p.m. ET.
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After a brief hiatus, Eddie Murphy is returning to the big screen in a decidedly non-comedic fashion as lead in the dramatic film, Mr. Church. As reported on the film's IMBD page, the drama chronicles "the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl (Britt Robertson) and her dying mother (Natascha McElhone) retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church (Eddie Murphy)."
While Murphy is no stranger to box office success, his most recent films have failed to live up to expectations — a fact that he jokingly alluded to in a 2013 interview with Ellen DeGeneres. "I don't want to do anything else that sucks ever again," he said. Judging by the emotional trailer for his upcoming film, Murphy will likely prove himself a man of his word.
It wouldn't be the first time that the resilient superstar has successfully pivoted his career. The comedian-turned-actor has a reputation for recoups and bounce-backs that prove him the GOAT at the art of reinvention.
Shall we hit them with this resume, Mr. Murphy?
Eddie Murphy took the '80s by storm as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. His skits and original characters set precedents and catapulted him to superstardom.
Murphy's big screen debut in the 1982 film 48 hours with Nick Nolte set off an era of box-office-smashing buddy films, including Trading Places with Dan Aykroyd and the Beverly Hills Cop franchise that would catapult the comedian into superstardom, making him a household name.
Stand-up comedian Eddie
With feature stand-up films such as Delirious (1983) and Raw (1987), Murphy's edgy comedy stylings solidified him as a top-grossing, stadium-selling force to be reckoned with.
Epic cult classic Eddie
After slaying the early '80s, Murphy rounded out the decade with cult classics starring predominately black actors. Movies such as Coming to America (1988), Harlem Nights (1989) and Boomerang (1992) still go hard for the culture and continue to resonate with younger generations.
Family friendly Eddie
Millennials got to know a softer, friendlier Murphy in box office smashes, including Dr. Dolittle, Daddy Day Care, The Nutty Professor films, Shrek and Mulan.
Serious actor Eddie
In 2007, Eddie flipped the script and got an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor for his dramatic turn as soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls.
Don't sleep! Although his career has been sprinkled with a few lessor known projects here and there, Murphy has been known to come out of the bag with the unexpected glo' up.
Am I right, comeback Eddie?
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16 years after Kids Say the Darndest Things has ended, we have social media to bring the cutest, realest kids out there to brighten up our days. They say some of the most inspirational, heart-warming and downright truthful statements with no hesitation. Here are 11 times kids kept it way too real— adults, take notes.
1. This kid who speaks on the importance of knowledge vs. material possessions.
Don't raise your children to be materialistic ! TAG FRIEND'S #Kingnahh #inspiration #motivation #motivationspeaker #sneakers #Jordans #LeBronJames #KevinDurant #StephCurry #materialistic
A video posted by MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER (@kingnahh) on Jul 31, 2016 at 1:49pm PDT
2. This young Jamaican boy who sets the bar HIGH on working hard to achieve your goals
This kid got my life together in less than a minute pic.twitter.com/SqiHkiYLit
— Pablo Baecasso (@DalaiMamaa) July 29, 2016
3. This little girl who kept it TOO real about police brutality on the 4th of July.
4. This little girl dancing to "Sorry" by Beyoncé.
5. This little boy who knows just what to say to make anybody's day.
My new favorite video on the internet pic.twitter.com/O3t8D7kNu2
— Nay (@OMGImNay) April 19, 2016
6. This little girl (Baby 'Milah) who's all of us in the winter when the sun goes down at 4 p.m.
She's mad at the sun for going down #minimilah pic.twitter.com/wN9qb4N8tq
— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) April 9, 2016
7. This blessed baby who showed her dad the realness of having thick hair.
8. This little girl who cried because President Obama will be leaving the Oval Office.
9. This little girl who perfectly acts out how to react to boys and their cooties in elementary school.
10. This little girl who has a message for every 'two-faced' person out there.
11. This little girl who is every person who needs attention 24/7.
When you've been with your girl all day and you try to leave pic.twitter.com/Y6Lkiz8pYd
— Cute Black Babies (@Lilblackbabies) February 19, 2016
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TBS has a new scripted comedy in development deeply rooted in hop hop greatness. The name of the show is Think B.I.G. and the plot is based on lyrics from the one and only Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G.
Think B.I.G. focuses on a young inner-city teen, trying to make a way for his infant son and daughter. Biggie's rhymes, which were a basis of his real life story, will serve as a guide to push the story forward. The Biggie-inspired show is the brain child of Mass Appeal, Wayne Barrow of Bystorm Films and his mother, Voletta Wallace. A premiere date has not been announced.
Remember the hip-hop fashion inspired documentary film, Fresh Dressed? Mass Appeal brought you that. And this isn't just a standalone partnership. Think B.I.G.is part of a deal between TBS, TNT and Mass Appeal.
CEO of Mass Appeal, Peter Bittenbender said in a statement, "This deal is a major turning point for our business. With the help of Turner, we will now be able to accelerate our vision of growing Mass Appeal into the premier brand for exploring and expanding urban culture. We look forward to helping inspire cultural ingenuity at TBS & TNT."
Together the three companies will produce more scripted projects in the future. But there's already one you don't have to wait to watch.
Storyville is a project Mass Appeal and OkayPlayer are bringing to the network with 10 confirmed episodes. This show features true personal stories, animated to recreate the scene and narrated by big name celebrities about their lives.
"Storyville and Think B.I.G. speak to the types of projects we will cultivate with Mass Appeal moving forward," said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS, in a release. "Mass Appeal is a leader in developing unique stories with diverse voices. There's no better partner for us to connect with this vibrant, impassioned audience."
Watch the pilot of Storyville.
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Wyatt Cenac is back y'all. As a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show, Cenac gave us some of our favorite Daily Show moments, and we're excited that he's returned to TV. His new show, Night Train, will give us the humor we've been missing. The show premiered on SeeSo in June.
In case you needed a reminder, here are 11 reasons to love Wyatt Cenac:
1. He interviews rappers while playing with kittens.
2. He's honest. While he was the only black writer on The Daily Show, Cenac spoke out about offensive content.
"Something like this, I represent my community, I represent my people, and I try to represent them the best that I can. I gotta be honest if something seems questionable, because if not, then I don’t want to be in a position where I am being untrue not just to myself but to my culture, because that’s exploitative. I’m just allowing something to continue if I’m just going to go along with it. And sadly, I think that’s the burden a lot of people have to have when you are 'the one.' You represent something bigger than yourself whether you want to or not."
3. He's committed to diverse hiring. Cenac will be in a new show on TBS called Earth People, and he's holding the network accountable.
4. His latest comedy LP, Furry Dumb Fighter, is hilarious (and also available on Spotify).
5. His thoughts on race and immigration are spot on.
6. He amazingly dragged The Tea Party
7. I'm pretty sure we all second this nomination.
Is it considered "in bad taste" to nominate oneself to take over as the new face of Ben's Chili Bowl? Asking for a friend. Ben's Chili Bowl | DC
A photo posted by Wyatt Cenac (@wyattcenac) on Jul 11, 2015 at 10:26pm PDT
8. "Imaginary black on white crime."
9. Not to mention his tweets are always A1.
People seem way more upset about the racism of fictional character than they are by a real one, like Donald Trump.#AtticusFinch
— Wyatt Cenac (@wyattcenac) July 12, 2015
10. His elaborate "save the mail" commercial was genius.
11. His thoughts on the point of comedy.
He talked to Vulture about tackling real issues and laughing to keep from crying. "Well, if I'm going to make this joke, is there a way of making it so it both can give some people a sense of laughing to keep from crying, but also give other people a little bit of a dig, like, "I'mma laugh, but it kind of hurts," he said. Cenac says you shouldn't be able to walk away completely from that discomfort.
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MeechOnMars is the one of the most popular online personalities out right now. With more than a million followers on Vine, this recent high school graduate regularly breaks the Internet.
He accurately portrays seemingly clueless athletes
no matter what lebron james never thinks he deserves a foul w/ @KennyKnox97 https://t.co/ji7WyyWwMh
— The Black DaVinci (@meechonmars) June 17, 2016
Shows how this generation of drug dealers can take ALL forms of payment
He talks back to dumb characters in horror movies
Highlights how people who love to play the 'guessing game' are so annoying
He explains what it's like to finally find the perfect person
He reminds people how no one wants to hear their mixtape
He participated #BlackBoysBreakTheInternet
Umm.. Hi Im Meech & This Is My #BlackBoysBreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/zsO4jsbnBE
— The Black DaVinci (@meechonmars) June 12, 2016
He showed the world how Jay Z reacted to Lemonade
Jay Z First Time Hearing Beyonce Albumhttps://t.co/DNdBE6LUjr
— The Black DaVinci (@meechonmars) April 24, 2016
He was super nice to one of his youngest fans
her: "excuse me.... are you meechonmars"
her: *instantly hugs me* pic.twitter.com/QVIKOAjaqM
— The Black DaVinci (@meechonmars) June 11, 2016
He showed how black families seem to never follow the rules at graduation ceremonies
When he went to his senior prom
— The Black DaVinci (@meechonmars) May 15, 2016
He gave a new spin on High School Musical
He showed how thirsty many uber drivers can be
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Everyone loves to see themselves reflected in media, and there was a time period when television provided many positive reflections of black people. Unfortunately, many of those shows unceremoniously came to an end. Sometimes we got the warning we needed, but not necessarily the ending we wanted. Let's look back on the shows we loved and that still have us looking for answers, and talk about the endings we wanted for our favorites.
Lots of shows that start with the protagonist in high school have trouble transitioning the show to a college era, and the writing was on the wall when Moesha went to college. Countess Vaughan (Kim) left the show for her spinoff, The Parkers, and Ray J's character as Moesha's long-lost and troubled half brother, Dorian, was just dramatic, unbelievable and annoying. Moesha also could never seem to get it right with her beloved best friend and romantic interest Hakeem (played by Lamont Bentley). When UPN decided to cancel the show, we never could have imagined that we wouldn't at least get a proper series finale. Even Brandy took the time to apologize to fans years after the show ended.
The ending we wanted: Firstly, they find Miles and save him from the goons who were really after Dorian. This serves as the wake-up call that Dorian so desperately needs, and he struggles and succeeds in turning his act around. We also find out who is pregnant! Ironically, it ends up being the show's mean girl and Moesha's one time college roommate, Alicia (played by Alexis Fields) who was constantly starting rumors about Moesha being promiscuous. Moesha and Hakeem finally get it right and forego attending their college graduation ceremony to get married. Kim comes back to be a bridesmaid.
It's like this: Professor Oglevee played Nikki Parker viciously throughout this entire series, making for one of the most irritating instances of unrequited love in television history. He constantly pushed her aside for women he found more suitable (read: more attractive), even though she showed him nothing but love. As the show came to its end, Nikki finally tried to move on and found a man who appreciated her and wanted to be with her, but for some reason the writers couldn't let Nikki have her happily ever after. The Professor burst into her wedding, begging her to be with him instead as he's suddenly awakened to his profound love for her. SHE LEAVES HER GUY AT THE ALTAR FOR THE PROFESSOR, Y'ALL! Girl, what?
The ending we wanted: It's a similar scenario, in that Nikki's getting married to bruh who appreciates and loves her, and the Professor's weak self is trying to block it with his eleventh hour confessions of love. Nikki turns to face him, reading him the riot act for all the times he didn't appreciate her friendship and adoration, all of the shade he threw at her looks and her personality, and tells him it's too late. Oglevee fades to black much like Hollywood in Love Jones, and Nikki marries her paramour with her self-esteem firmly intact.
New York Undercover
First, they killed JC's fiancé. Okay, we can deal with that. But WHY, OH WHY, would the writers kill off one of the main characters? When Detective Eddie Torres was brutally murdered in a car explosion, I knew something had seriously gone wrong with one of my favorite shows. Trying to add new cast members and axing the captain of the police force from the cast was a huge misstep. Apparently, when Tommy left Martin, he joined the squad of Williams and Moreno. But he wasn't believable, and the show ended after the fourth season.
The ending we wanted: Torres gets shot, but doesn't die. He ends up in a coma, and we follow his journey with JC as he and Moreno support Torres through rehabilitation. The captain retires and JC gets promoted to replace her. Both Moreno and Torres both feel they deserved a shot at the position, but are happy for JC, who eventually reunites with his ex-wife and continues raising their son, G.
In Living Color
Probably the most prolific sketch comedy show, In Living Color had everything: humor, social commentary and critique, a DJ, Fly Girls and dope musical guests. Beyond that, it launched the careers of everyone from Jamie Foxx to Jim Carrey to Jennifer Lopez. Keenen Ivory Wayans was a visionary, but eventually stopped appearing in sketches amidst a tumultuous relationship with Fox. Censorship of current episodes and re-running early episodes without Keenen's approval led to his eventual departure from the show, with his siblings following suit soon after. The last season of In Living Color (which was created by the Wayans family) had no involvement from any of the Wayans.
The ending we wanted: Keenen Ivory Wayans gains full creative and trademark control over the In Living Color franchise and leaves Fox. During this time, BET is still owned by Bob Johnson, where Keenen takes the show and continues with even more success. The show continues to introduce new talent and doesn't end.
The Wayans Bros.
The Wayans Bros. was one of those shows that developed over time. I actually didn't think it was fantastic at its start, but it grew on me as it moved forward. In their older brother Keenen's footsteps, Shawn and Marlon produced a show centered around family and comedy. John Witherspoon, who played their father in the show, was one of the highlights of the series. Again, this show was disrupted and cancelled by The WB without the opportunity to have a series finale — a fact which is referenced in Shawn and Marlon's Scary Movie.
The ending we wanted: Marlon finally gets his big break as a lead in a movie. Pops decides to retire from the restaurant to reunite with his singing group, The Temptones. Shawn gets investors and buys the building that holds both the newsstand and the restaurant and turns it into a nightclub, which Marlon helps make even more popular with occasional celebrity appearances.
Nobody was checking for how they tried to make William's wife, Monica, the replacement for Toni (played by Jill Marie Jones). Also, even though we saw Joan get engaged, her boo got sent off to Iraq and we never saw them get married! What kind of mess is that? After all we'd been through with Joan's neurotic self, she deserved a wedding and we deserved a wedding.
The ending we wanted: The last season sees Joan planning her wedding and mending her friendship with Toni (who returns to the cast). Lynn finds that her blossoming musical success is the relationship that she needs to cultivate, and she leaves Dirty Girl Records after one album to go independent. Her music career explodes, and she retains William as her lawyer. William finally starts his own firm, which struggles at first. He has to downsize to a smaller house, but Monica stands by him. Monica and Maya become closer, as Maya teaches Monica how to make the best with little means. After a tragic miscarriage, Maya finds the fortitude and inspiration to pen her next book about motherhood (from her teen pregnancy to her fertility challenges later in life). It's a bigger hit than the Oh Hell Yes! series, and she is offered a talk show. The show ends with Toni planning Joan's dream wedding and Joan walking down the aisle.
A spinoff of Girlfriends, The Game reeled me in every time I wanted to give up on it. When Derwin cheated on Melanie, I was over it. When Derwin got another woman pregnant, I was over it. When the Sabers traded Derwin as the way to exit Derwin and Melanie from the show, I was over it! When Tasha was cheating on Pookie with Rick Fox and then didn't know which one was her baby daddy, I was over it. When Jason left Chardonnay to get back with Kelly, I was for damn sure over it! This all happened over three networks (UPN which transitioned to CW, and then BET which picked up and relaunched the series later). Through sheer determination to see this show return to its initial greatness, I stuck it out all the way to the series finale, which was lame. Although Tasha, Melanie, and Derwin got their happy endings, Malik continued to be a serial bachelor, we never find out what was going to happen with Blue, Jason lost his mind and dogged out Chardonnay, and Keira left town in shame. Chile, BYE.
The ending we wanted: Tasha, Melanie and Derwin still all get their happy endings. Malik apologizes to Blue for disrespecting his relationship with Keira and asks the trainer to forgive him as well (she does, and we liked the trainer for Malik). Blue and Keira go to couples therapy, where they try to work it out. Jason and Kelly remain friends, but he tells her that it's Chardonnay who helped him become a better man and he's going to stick by her. As head coach of the Sabers, Jason works hard to bring Derwin back to the team so that Malik can finish out his career with his homies. Pow, pow, pow.
One on One
It wasn't one of my favorites, but it did show us in a positive light. Flex Alexander played a single dad going through the joys and challenges of raising a teenage daughter. This show also suffered from the high school to college transition, moving from being based in Baltimore to LA in order to follow Kyla Pratt's character (Breanna) after high school. We loved the black girl magic of Breanna's quirky best friend, Spirit, and the friendship they shared. The show got the axe along with a laundry list of other shows when WB merged with UPN to become The CW.
The ending we wanted: The show never leaves Baltimore (shows often fail soon after drastically changing locations). Breanna, Spirit, and their guy pal Arnaz all attend Maryland University, with Breanna studying theater. Spirit becomes more popular on campus than Breanna, causing Breanna to have to work through her jealousy, as the dynamic of their friendship evolves. She eventually ends up dating Arnaz, who lands a record deal and takes her on tour. Arnaz asks Flex for Breanna's hand, which Flex hesitantly gives.
Half & Half
Half & Half had one of the most fire theme songs of any show I've watched. Unfortunately, it was also a victim of the WB/UPN merger, and was axed before the launch of The CW. Mona and DeeDee are half sisters, who end up living in the same apartment building. Their father left Mona's mother for DeeDee's mother, which is a constant source of contention between them. Although Mona has struggled throughout her life, DeeDee has grown up in the lap of luxury with the love of both her father and mother (Big DeeDee). Mona's best friend, Spencer, becomes an off and on love interest later in the show and we never get to see where it goes.
The ending we wanted: DeeDee grows throughout the show, and eventually the tables turn with her counseling Mona to admit her love for Spencer and to go for it! Mona and Spencer end up together, and after apologizing for his absence and lack of parenting, Mona and DeeDee's dad becomes a more significant part of Mona's life. Mona's mother, Phyllis, finally moves on from the pain of being left and finds a new and promising relationship.
Airing for only three seasons before The WB cancelled it, Smart Guy showed the beauty and brilliance of the black child. Sure, it had its corny moments (as most shows in the '90s did), but it still elevated images of us on television. This show (like One on One) also showed a single black father committed to supporting and raising his children. We chuckled at TJ's relatable and often comedic struggles as a genius kid in high school with his older siblings.
The ending we wanted: TJ's dad is approached by a private school for gifted children who offers TJ a scholarship. Instead of being placed in 10th grade at the age of nine, he's now with other nine year olds who share his level of intellect, and we see him blossom socially as well as intellectually. TJ's overachieving older sister coaches their brother through his academic struggles in high school, and their father finds love again.
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