When Awkward Black Girl first appeared online I remember talking about it with friends as if we discovered a gold mine. In the ’90s there was a plethora of TV shows featuring Black faces but in the 2000s we all disappeared. The Internet became a no man’s land where anyone could create spaces that they felt were missing and/or neglected elsewhere. Couldn’t find funny Black women on TV anymore? Here comes genius Issa Rae to fill that void and give us a web series that has now sparked other sisters to find their voices online.
One of those voices is Toronto native and former Degrassi: The Next Generation star Andrea Lewis, who has started her own web series titled Black Actress. As the creator, writer and producer of the show, Andrea shows us her struggles as an actress in NYC. The show is in its second season and is executive-produced by Andrea’s friends, fellow actresses Essence Atkins and Tatyana Ali.
The show also features very honest confessionals from many famous Black actresses such as Amber Riley (‘Glee’), Garcell Beauvais (‘The Mentalist’), Jenifer Lewis (‘Black-ish) and Naturi Naughton (‘Power’) to name a few. The ladies share their personal experiences of being Black in Hollywood.
I’m hooked on the show and am always proud when someone from my city forges their own path in the creative world. Check the web series out for yourself and let me know what you think.