Between classes, internships, work, and clubs you need time to unwind. Luckily, 2016 was the year of good television content with a pop of color (jokes). Here is the top scripted shows you should start watching starring people of color.
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You’ve been missing out if you haven’t seen FX’s biggest hit show, Atlanta, created by Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) covering Atlanta’s music scene. Donald plays Earn, who gets caught up in the local rap scene and his cousin’s career after returning back home to Atlanta. Earn does whatever he can to try to get his cousin Alfred’s rap career to the next level. Then there’s Darius, the rapper’s “unique” right-hand man. Atlanta not only won a Golden Globe for best Comedy TV, but has broken network ratings and sparked black Twitter with discussions as well as recap laughter. Atlanta comes on FX, and can be streamed on FXNOW. (hyperlink http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/atlanta/episodes)
If you want the drama this show is for you. Produced by the queen director Ava Du Vernay, is Queen Sugar. This show tells the story of an estranged family in Louisiana. At the center of the family is Nova, a journalist and activist, Charley, a wife and manager of an NBA player, and formerly incarcerated father Ralph Angel, searching for redemption. This comes after a tragedy in the family. Now the siblings must put their difficult lives aside to come together to run their family sugar cane farm. The production quality and complex characters bring the show alive, and is well worth watching. You can catch this show on OWN.
You might remember Issa Rae from the mega-hit web series “Awkward Black Girl,” which currently has more than over a million views on YouTube. With the success of her web series she was able to star in and create her own show “Insecure”. Modern-day black women can be described as strong and confident, in other words, just the opposite of Issa and Molly. As the best friends deal with their own real-life flaws, their insecurities come to the fore as they cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Created by co-star Issa Rae and writer/comic Larry Wilmore (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”), the comedy series looks at the friendship of two black women in a unique, authentic way. It features the music of both indie and established artists of color, and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.
Master of None
Aziz Ansari is the creator and star of the Netflix hit. Ansari stars as Dev, a 30-year-old actor making his way through life in New York City. Through the season, he experiences misadventures and a crazy series of events while trying to break into the acting industry. In the last year, the show was recently renewed for a second season and is scheduled to premiere this year.
Created and directed by Geno Brooks and co-written Lamont Pierre, this YouTube show excels in dialog, cinematography, and performance. Based on a fictional HBCU, the show focus on Grant, a freshman entering the pledging process of a fraternity. It also includes an inside look at Black sororities as well. The shows also highlights the lives of the other students, including struggles with domestic violence, hazing, sex, drug abuse, and money issues. Black Boots demands the audiences attention while ending each episode with cliff hangers.
If you like Insecure, then you will enjoy Issa Rae and Jussie Smollett from Empire in this new website series they produced together by Rae’s production company. Giants showcases the story of Malachi, Journee and Ade, who are getting close to 30 and struggling to get their lives together. James Bland wrote and directed the series. Bland explained that the show goes in depth of social issues that are either ignored or stigmatized by the black community. James Bland also added: “and regardless of race, these characters’ experiences are relatable to almost anyone because they force you to learn the hard way that when life kicks your ass, you either lie down or fight back.”
Black & Sexy TV
Black & Sexy TV is the sexiest black YouTube channel on the web. The channel hosts a variety of shows such as RoomieLoversFriends, Sexless, That Guy and more!!! Black & Sexy TV is modern, has great dialog, and amazing actors. The YouTube channel will also direct you to their streaming channel that has their latest content. Full episodes are definitely worth the trial (which including a free trial).