There’s been a lot of angst about black people in the media this year. Between Scandal, Deception and the neverending machine that is Tyler Perry Productions, there’s plenty to talk about. Personally I love Scandal but nowadays, most of the things that give me life aren’t getting enough shine. Check out some of my favorite things in black media below!
Issa Rae- Issa Rae is the mastermind behind “Awkward Black Girl”, where she portrayed Jaye, a twenty-something black woman in a dead end job dealing with extremely colorful coworkers. The episodes covered topics ranging from interracial dating, to black Greek life. Her other series include “Roomieloverfriends”, “How Men Become Dogs” and coming up later this month, “The Choir”.
Alright TV- Founded by Tracey Edmonds, this is a “faith friendly content viewing” experience. I found out about them via The Playmakers, a Christian comedy group who does videos for the AlrightTV YouTube channel every Saturday. I also love “Walk This Way”, a web series where Michael K. Williams (yep, the guy from The Wire!) plays the pastor of megachurch with crazy congregants (Kenya Moore of RHOA made a cameo, lol). But the channel also live streams church services on Sundays and has a health and a sports show too. Check it out, you might find something you like.
Dormtainment- Six black college students release weekly sketches on YouTube. They’ve also got a spoof mixtape out, and one more on the way next month.
Black & Sexy TV- This is a YouTube channel that exclusively does web series about black love. I like “Hello Cupid” and “The Couple” but they’ve got several other shows to explore.
Roble & Co.- A Bravo reality show following Chef Roble. His food is where gourmet meets grandma’s Sunday dinner (he made chicken and waffles on a stick!) and he’s got a great personality- a nice change from the rather stuffy folks on Top Chef.