I love TV, but it is so hard to find a TV shows with people who are minorities, written by minorities, and touch on a variety of different issues that interest us & make us look normal.
My boyfriend introduced me to a couple shows and then from there we were on the hunt together for more shows that showcase people who look like us with topics we were interested in.
I love celebrating those creatives, who bring me interesting content...and let's be honest, it is starting to get cold so why not get into these shows instead of going out.
First by Jahmela Biggs. If you love the Awkward Black Girl web series, you will love this show. From the creator of ABG, Issa Rae brings us this new series. "First" reunites former flames Robin & Charles, after Robin has moved back home from New York to focus on her writing full time, while Charles stayed in their hometown to become an activist in the community. Watch these two go through their firsts as a couple.
Close Friends by Ricky W. Jean Francois. This show presents everything from friendships, situationships, and all that falls in between. From friends turning into boyfriend number two, to college friends figuring out if they are meant to be, to even more drama throughout. Production isn't always on point, but they are working with limited funds. Further into the series, the production levels improve. This show has also won a couple of web series awards. It is highly addictive.
Choir by Issa Rae. A dramedy that follows the United Church of Holy Christ in Fellowship's choir as it recovers from the death of their beloved lead pastor and their struggle to keep their doors open with all the financial crisis facing the church and lack of attendance at the services. This series touches on many issues such as, homosexuality & the Black church, lust, addictions, and more.
Mind of a Single Male by Geno Brooks. Emotionally scorned Chase Hall is going through the motions of emotional recovering after failed engagement. Throughout the series, Chase give his knowledge on single men and their thought process when dating. Definitely an interesting series to see how some men showcase their pain through hookups and why that is.
Sexless by Ester Weithers, Leah Williams,Numa Perrier. Sexless follows four twentysomething women who choose not to have sex for various reasons, but they are still trying to date...in a world that is pretty sex-filled world. It is like Sex in the City, but without the sex.While you can catch a few “minisodes” on YouTube to whet your appetite, you’ll have to sign up for a paid subscription on BlackandSexy.tv in order to get the full episodes.
Chef Julian by Ester Weithers & Dennis Dortch. Chef Julian is a 'Sexless" spin-off, details the dating adventures of Julian, who is trying to become a chef, but juggle multiple women in the process trying to figure out what he wants out of a relationship and a partner.
How Men Become Dogs by Marc Cunningham. This series follows three men on the heels of terrible breakups from their unappreciative girlfriends. They all decide to enroll in class that teaches them to become the kind of "dogs" women can't resist.
Dear Future Wife by McKinson Souverain. DFW follows the life of Brandon, who is completely awkward with the ladies, but a sweetheart. He is trying to find a partner in life, and this series follows his journey in his quest to find the right one. Watch to find out if he will find the right one.
Sidenote: All these series have an option for you to become a patron to their efforts. Putting out these web series take time and more importantly money. If you like what you see, you should donate $5 or however much you want to keep these shows going. Support these creatives in continuing to make Black people look normal.