If you needed any further proof that Black women are not a monolith, look no further, the ladies of Amazon Prime Video’s Harlem have arrived!

Black women come in all shapes and sizes, much like the friend groups that are a reflection of who they are at the core. For years, shows like Girlfriends and Living Single have paved the way, making room for spaces that allow Black women to just be, and now Harlem is here to do the same.

Harlem showcases the lives of four ladies who are on a mission to level up to the best versions of themselves while tackling dating, career journeys, and more on the streets of what’s considered the Mecca of Black culture in America–Harlem, New York City.

As viewers welcomed Tye (Jerrie Johnson), Quinn (Grace Byers), Angie (Shoniqua Shandai), and Camille (Meagan Good) into their homes through the new series, Shadow and Act sat down with the cast and crew (including the aforementioned ladies, as well as Tyler Lepley and creator Tracy Y. Oliver) to discuss the importance of accurate representation, friendships and more!