Black web series are still thriving. Reagan Gomez raised more than $12,000 to produce a full season of Almost Home and the season finale of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl has garnered more than 100,000 views in less than a week. Such series are filling the void of quality content for black audiences, and established entertainers are realizing the potential.
Lena Waithe, Gabrielle Union and Shaquille O’Neal are the latest powerhouses to lend their wealth of talent to the mini-screen. Waithe, a television writer whose credits include Girlfriends, The Game and The Secret Life of Bees has partnered with Black & Sexy TV (The Number, The Couple, RoomieLoverFriends) to release 10 episodes of Hello Cupid. She describes the show as Catfish meets School Daze. I agree. Hello Cupid follows the online dating adventures of Whitney and Robyn, two polar-opposite best friends searching for love.
Acting veteran Gabrielle Union is making her web debut in Riding Dirty with Officer Turner, a Shaquille O’Neal-produced comedy series. Union stars as a dirty cop turned nymphomanic who pulls over handsome men, including Bill Bellamy, to satisfy her lust. The first episode is hilarious and is a definite 360 from the actress’ usual roles.