Dear networks, why isn’t TWENTIES on TV?
Writer/producer Lena Waithe is trying to change the game. After working for Nickelodeon and producing hilarious web series like Hello Cupid and Sh*t Black Girls Say, Waithe is aiming to create a space for more black women to tell their stories.
While the Chicago native is busy producing the upcoming feature film, Dear White People, she’s kept up a breakneck pace turning out scripts, web shows, and pilot presentations to get our voices on the air.
Waithe’s latest project, TWENTIES, is a show “about three black girls, in their twenties, who are trying to get their sh*t together” and is being produced by Queen Latifah’s company, Flavor Unit.
With so much talk about Lena Dunham’s breakout hit Girls and its lack of on-screen diversity, TWENTIES just might be what disaffected Black viewers were clamoring for.
“I didn’t write this pilot just because I wasn’t seeing myself on television. I wrote it because it was a story I needed to tell. And usually when a writer sits down with that kind of fire in their belly it always strikes a chord with audiences. TWENTIES is the most personal script I’ve ever written and I don’t think it’s a surprise that it’s also gotten me the most attention. People like it when you tell the truth. And this is mine. But I also think it’s universal. Because who can’t relate to being in your twenties and sucking at life? It’s a magical time when you don’t have to have everything figured out. It’s a ten-year window when you’re free to have awkward sex, unhealthy friendships, and a boss you can’t stand. Usually when you see young black women on television they’re either perfect and pristine, or they’re trying to accidentally get pregnant by a professional athlete. There’s very little middle ground. And the truth is that’s where most of us live. Somewhere in the middle.”
While most up-and-comers usually use web teaser videos to raise money for their projects, Waithe only asks viewers to do one thing: share the video.
“The good news is I don’t want your money. There’s no Kickstarter or IndieGoGo attached to this project,” she told Shadow & Act. “All we want you to do is commit to sharing TWENTIES with twenty of your friends. The more you spread the word the better chance we have of getting it on TV. We’ll keep pitching. You keep sharing. Let’s do this!”
Could ‘TWENTIES’ be the Black women’s answer to ‘Girls’? Check out the four-part pilot presentation & click share to spread the word and get it on TV!