Girlfriends creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil and her husband Samil Akil have just signed on to write and executive produce the upcoming NBC sitcom Making Friends with Black People. The show is based on the book by the same name, written by comedian Nick Adams, addressing the issue of race relations in America.
Well well, I must say that between this and the debacle of a “news show” DL Hugley Breaks the News, I am noticing a sudden interest in the media industry to dig into the interests and psyche of Black America. Whether shows like this would have been green lit 5 years ago–or even a year ago, I seriously doubt.
It’s certainly a direct reflection of President Elect Obama’s appointment to office. Overall I have mixed emotions about it. Finally–the untold stories of a diverse America may finally have an easier chance to be seen on screen. But on the filpside–will we (as in filmmakers, studio execs, producers, sponsors, etc..) use this open opportunity wisely? DL’s show brings out the pessimist in me. Hopefully this new NBC show will only prove me wrong and we can openly and intelligently have a conversation about race in an effort to make it less of an issue in the years to come.
Your thoughts? What are the images or stories that you are dying to see on the big (or small) screen? Will Barack’s presidency make it easier or more difficult to increase diversity in media?
[source: Martini Pink]
More information on Nick Adams’ ‘Making Friends with Black People’: Amazon