In alphabetical order. Annotated descriptions continually added. Below is a list of scripted web shows or webisodesstarring, marketed to or produced by black and people of color. Please send suggestions and comments — especially if you want your series listed or if there is a mistake on your listing — to my address aj at ajchristian dot org or in the comments section.
Viewers are directed to resources and information that take into many diverse perspectives. A well-shot romantic comedy about Parrish, who, dumped by his girlfriend, goes on 12 blind dates. For my interview with the creator. Four fabulous women deal with life and love. A soap opera about the Washington, D. Black Dimensions TV has four web series around issues of the family and dating, in such settings as the black barbershop. A woman goes on a series of bad blind dates. For more information, see this story. Former porn star Traci Lords also stars.
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An Atlanta-based soap about six friends looking for love, success and happiness. Bad relationship advice is given. During this very bad day, she and her friends face issues of sexuality, pregnancy, dating, race, and careers and, most importantly, handle them in fabulous clothes! Among the many web series by and about people of color released in the past couple of years, Buppies is the highest profile and most heavily marketed.
For more on Buppiessee my review and interview with Tatyana Ali. A makeup artist goes on a mission to stop racism from within the black community. Well-shot and deliberately paced, this thriller delves into a legal and financial mystery, at the center of which is investment banker Celeste Bright, whose loans to wealthy individuals has drawn the attention of the FBI. See my interview with Sonya Steele here.
A web series about a nympho who abstains from sex before she finds Mr. A prequel to here! Fueled by a hidden painful past, Chadwick interviews various men who have answered his classified and takes us on a deeper journey into the DL, as he tries to right his past.
Peep the pilot episode. Chicka new web series Soremekun self-financed, airs on web series network Koldcast.
In the series, the protagonist Lisa leaves her loser boyfriend to pursue loftier dreams. She hears about a secret academy that trains superheroes, and the story progresses from there. While obviously a narrative of female empowerment, Soremekun does not want to scare off men; she wanted to story to have multiple layers.
For more on Chick see my interview with creator Soremekun. Chrysaliswhose title refers to the cocoon an insect creates before it transforms, tells the story of Jamal, a young Muslim man living in Baltimore with an infant child and a less-than-desirable career choice: drug dealing. BlackWebSeries speculates this was the first black web series. A sitcom about a couple Lesbian black web series try to keep their relationship steady.
TVOne tries to compete with BET BuppiesShop Talk in the web series game with this Office riff very popular in web series, for obvious reasons about workplace petty dramas. A cop show parody about a government agency that captures and incarcerates those who fail to repay debts. This Robert Townsend -produced series stars Monica Calhoun as a single mother looking to start her life over, not so glamorously. I wrote up a story on Townsend and Single Mom for Tubefilter hereand published a full transcript of my interview with Townsend here.
Drama Queenzwhich is about three gay men trying to make it as actors and singers, is just one of several shows aimed at the underserved black gay and lesbian markets online. Our show is more about our travails and trying to make it. For more on Drama Queenzsee my post.
A British series about the world of hip hop with lots of drama. Three people willingly share a house, but unwillingly share their lives. Written by Office alum Anthony Q. The story about a former child star trying to make it again in Hollywood. Written and starring Jaleel White. A television series set in Atlanta, GA about three gay black men. For these guys, their lives are enhanced, not defined, by their sexuality. Follow them as they share a living situation that becomes complicated both in and outside of their beds.
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Each episode follows the conversation after assembly, as the girls get ready for the day. An artistically shot web series that explores the personal and romantic lives of young Habesha. Love is never logical. Heartbreak-The Series is a webseries that takes an introspective look at the heartbreak of uber romantic Sasha McDougal. A docu-drama where real individuals who have survived drug and alcohol addition narrate their stories, which simultaneously dramatized. Howton U. An escort, who is biracial and attracted to men and women, tries to find success and happiness in New York City.
An inmate makes a deal with the US government for his freedom. But is he really free?
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Is It Me? Johnny B. Johnny B Homeless explores the comic adventures of a young man who migrates from couch to couch. Conceptually inspired by Quantum Leapeach episode has Johnny B. Al Thompson, the series creator and star, also has another series, Lenox Avenue. The only work his agent can find him is in Connecticut. As its director. Originally pitched to HBO and Showtime, Kindred garnered some corporate interest, but its trio of producers and actresses decided to take it online after confronting the lack of demand for black shows on television.
The show follows three black women—an artist, public servant and executive—as they deal with family, particularly their mothers, relationship problems, body issues, racial identity problems and career obstacles. For more on Kindredsee my post.
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Marisol, recently separated from her music executive husband, has just landed in the Fort Greene area from Manhattan and seeks out new friends in this trendy, rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Social networking is the engine that brings this multicultural group of women together and it is a thematic link that holds together the various conversations and confrontations that happen on one long afternoon.
Thompson grew up in Harlem. The series debuts in The Lovers and Friends Showwhich has a substantial following on YouTube, focuses on a large ensemble of lesbian and bisexual women of color, most of them black. Meet the Adebanjos follows a larger than life Dad struggling to instill his old fashion Nigerian values in his Black British household in Peckham South London. KK Queen works to protect her record label from her enemies while trying to hold together her family.
Co-produced by Idris Elba. For more information, check out my interview with the creator here. Humorous series about Lou, whose roommates are a never-ending parade of social impropriety and inconveniences.
The series explores the lives of a of black professionals transitioning from the 20s to their 30s. The show tells its story in a semi-realistic way, forgoing one-liners and slapstick bits and focusing on intimate conversations. I just wanted to show real grown-ups dealing with adult issues.
Noel Baptiste embarks on a journey to accept his sexuality, ed by three friends Eric, Kori and Danielle. Noel navigates his journey with the help of his three young, eccentric city dreaming friends; Eric D. Stone is the promiscuous bar manager who speaks his mind, Kori Jacobs is the homeless dance teacher, and Danielle Williams is the hopeful, romantic transgender female who always seems to save the day. The series will last for ten episodes, each about six minutes.