Viewers are highly anticipating the debut of “Being Mary Jane,” an upcoming BET series starring Gabrielle Union and written by Salim and Mara Brock Akil, scheduled to debut in 2014. The pilot will air on July 2, 2013 at at 10:30P/9:30C on BET. The story follows Mary Jane Paul, a fiercely independent, modern woman struggling to balance family, love and her career.

According to BET:

“Mary Jane Paul seemingly has it all as a beautiful and successful TV news anchor. In reality, she’s a self-sufficient powerhouse with a lackluster love life who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. How far is she willing to go to find the puzzle pieces that she – and society – insist are missing from her life? Intense drama and unforgettable moments unfold as Mary Jane juggles her life, her relationships, her work and commitments to her family.”

The network released two trailers of “Being Mary Jane” which are quickly getting buzz. The first shows Mary reprimanding her jobless teenage niece who she suspects is pregnant. The second shows Mary telling a Latina co-worker that black women aren’t as celebrated in the media as Latinas, saying: “No one has ever called a Latina ugly.”

Watch below:




Mary and Kara Argue


What do you think of “Being Mary Jane” so far, Clutchettes?

  • leelah

    This show is nauseating. First of all is that Amber Riley? Did they just flatten Amber with all her talent until a powerless lazy stereotype because we all know amber is the type of girl who keeps a job. Second, how is it Mara Brock Akil is the go to black writer, behind Tyler Perry, and her storyline and dialogue is horrible. Where is the black writers?

  • Ash K

    Doesn’t look half bad. I’ll probably check it out once season one is on Netflix and go from there.

  • BeanBean

    I want to see a black woman cast in a role that has no color to it! I want black women to be not only seen a black women, but a just women in general. This show trips all over the list of stereotypical ‘black’ topics. The same tired crap we hear in every black show. I’m sure there will be an episode about weave, another about light skin, white women with black men, black unemployment. Let’s move away from the stereotypes.

  • Treece

    Love Gabrielle Union, but yeah I feel you on this. I just want to see a Black show on tv that is just a good show! We don’t have to be reminded every episode of every Black issue as of late. Hate to bring them up, but the Huxtables were just a regular family. They were Black, but the show wasn’t focused on every Black current topic or stereotype. How hard is it exactly to get a show of that caliber (not the same type of cast of characters but of that quality as far as writing/script/actors) back on tv in 2013?

  • Baby

    How stupid is that line about no one calling a Latina ugly? Yeah there are ugly Latinas out there but I am not going to mention their names here! Please, as if all Latinas are pretty, come on are you people BLIND?????

    Blacks in Hollywood are so backward in their thinking!!! I don’t even bother watching television anymore. It seems as if it is taking forever to evolve and I do know why, but I not going to mention it here! Wink, Wink

  • Lillian Mae

    The Cosby Show
    Living Single
    A Different World
    I’m sure I’m missing some, but where are those writers? Those who were able to tell human stories w/ black characters? I feel you 1000%!

  • BeanBean

    So true both Lillian Mae and Treece are right! Black people are like everyone else, we want to be entertained. TV is supposed to be an escape from the everyday drama. I personally want to see a Black man running around ancient Japan as a Samurai lol.

  • Malik Hemmans

    She wasn’t always horrible she was doing her thing back in the day

  • Right

    Agreed, but it is BET. Everything is about race or church or stereotypes.

  • delfyn15

    The actress playing the niece isn’t Amber Riley it is Raven Goodwin.

  • GlowBelle

    Um, no one has ever called a Latina ugly?? Such insulting and narrow-minded BS. Can we get away from this thinking? It’s doing us no favors and is about as tired as ever. Coming from Mara Brock Akil I expected better than this loud-mouthed romp into Angry Black Women Stereotype Land.

    And…Gabrielle Union…*sigh* forever cutting checks for playing the perpetually frowning, angry, bossy, and high-strung Black woman stereotype. She must enjoy it cause I have never seen her play anything but that. When the video preview automatically played (whoa, wasn’t expecting that, guys!), the first thing is her already fussing at someone. No thank you.

  • Malik Hemmans

    I’ll pass….creativity in blacks seems to be at an all time low

  • Kelley Johnson

    I like Gabrielle Union so I was looking forward to this. Unfortunately, from the clips, it looks like it’ gonna be a mess. That Latina like is just all around stupid and almost embarrassing.

  • Kelley Johnson

    I so agree.

  • racialliteracy

    Just saying who reduced her nose in this picture?

  • Mademoiselle

    Agreed. If this were on a different network, I’d expect a little more, but as far as BET goes, this looks like one of the better attempts at story telling. Plus I like Ms. Union (sometimes).

  • J

    I think you have nailed it with this post. I think that this is why so many black women like Scandal, because it shows a sista just being a person rather than a sad or humorous caricature.

  • lol

    i think it’s the angle that she is facing the cam at vs cutting it off.

  • justanotheropinion

    Please do away with the ‘auto video play’….

  • RenJennM

    “She must enjoy it cause I have never seen her play anything but that.”

    Her roles in movies like “Cadillac Records”, “Good Deeds”, “Bad Boys 2″ and several other roles in various movies and television series were not the angry, bossy, high-strung type of woman. Gabrielle is versatile: she may play the ABW (angry Black woman), but she can also be vulnerable and even hilarious. She did so in “Daddy’s Little Girls”. I don’t think it’s fair to typecast her when she at least TRIES to vary her roles in an industry that’s only handing out so many spots to Black women.

  • BeBoogie

    no one ever called a latino ugly- she must not watch univision

  • Me27

    It looks promising and I will definitely be looking out for it. My only hope is that BET doesn’t ruin it’s chances by airing it on some obscure day and hour like Friday at 10pm. This would make a good prime-time Monday night show…

  • chanela17

    well that’s the thing. on univision, all the latinas have blonde hair and color eyes. they all look european as hell while the mexicans that you see everyday are in the background as maids n stuff.

  • h

    Do you actually believe Scandal is a positive representation of black women? Really?

  • classoffitness

    The only reason to watch, Univision is for the BIG BOOBS.

  • Ellis

    They are Europeans, for example, in Mexico, Europeans are about 10% yet they are the telenovela stars. It’s the same in Brazil too in the soaps (portrayed as if Brazil is 99.9% White) despite the fact the Brazil is according to the latest census, about 51% of the population classify themselves as Black; the maids are Black women, or the Black women are hyper sexualised.

  • Sarah

    @ h The majority of of Shonda Rhimes characters are colorless. Olivia Pope can be played by a white, black, Asian woman and etc it happened that Kerry gotten the part. I believe that on Grey’s Anatomy Dr. Bailey was supposed to be a white woman but they gave it to a black woman.

  • ImJustSaying

    After watching the clip I got excited to watch the show this summer. I just found out it’s going to be a 90-minute movie and the show will be in JANUARY?! BET I’m giving you a chance but that is way too big of a time gap. I hope they have a good marketing plan to keep it on viewer’s minds.

  • cb

    church, lol…yep

  • thinkpink

    This sterotype is not coming from Mara but her husband Salim. I have seen these stereotypes in every major film/show he directs. I have a feeling he influences her work more heavily now.

  • donnadara

    Who has a job in this room, raise your hand… That was hilarious.

  • donnadara

    I see your point, but there are people in everyone’s family that are parasitic. When you are the only one who has “made it”, family sometimes demands that you give, give, give. I think that is more of a class issue than a race issue. I could see that scene in a show with mostly white characters.

  • Gabrielle

    irrelevant comment: I’ve always thought that they looked alike

  • kim

    this whole line is stupid, brook is a pretty dumb person, if you’re gonna play the race card atleast be accurate. latinas are any persons, from central america or has family from central a., and comes in different shades and colors they can be as black as wesley or as white as the late great mj. for ex. taitiana ali is latina, but so is america ferrera.

  • Jay (@jtauro92)

    Then watch Scandal. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this show is on BET meaning most of its viewers are black. Shows like this exist on the network because they relate to the target demographic. I’m rather proud of the original shows that come out of BET because they reflect “stereotypical” (as you might say) topics that plague the black community. This show and others like it wouldn’t survive/exist on any other network. Why do you think The Game was canceled?

  • KC

    American is any person from the U.S. and we also come in ever shade. We can be as black as Wesley snipes or as white as Angelina Jolie. Their discussing race not nationality. News Flash: most all people are descended from immigrants and no longer speak the exact language of their ancestors. People and various cultures have intermingled all over this hemisphere. I guess I’m “English”.

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