One of the highest rated shows on television right now is Being Mary Jane. Many fans of the show relate to Gabrielle Union’s character because she could be any of us. A black woman, with everything going on in their lives, but with their own flaws. Both relationship and personality. Her pretty isn’t perfect. Mara Brock Akil, the creator of Being Mary Jane, says she isn’t out to portray picture perfect black women.
In an interview with Essence, Akil spoke candidly about the characters she wants to create and why she doesn’t want to create angelic women.
“I think that’s just as damaging as negative images,” she said. “When Black women say ‘Can you write positive images?’ it’s just a reaction to something that was a lie to begin with. The negative images out there were a lie and to paint them with positive images is a lie too, so you’re just painting lies on top of lies.”
“Our truth is beautiful; we are enough,” she added. “Within our beautiful frailties and flaws is where our humanity exists – between those extremes. No one is perfect. I mean, I tell my kids that every day. You can’t be perfect; so don’t try to be. Just do your best and sometimes your best falls short. The journey of humanity is to get back up again and keep trying, and I think that is what is beautiful about Black women.”
Clutchettes, what do you think about Akil’s comments? Do you think there is room for a black woman on tv who isn’t flawed and ‘angelic’?