Peep The Spotlight: Bask In The Glow of “Brown Girls”
Women accomplish all of the things, just refer to history for evidence.
Today’s history lesson is no different. Let’s focus on the combined efforts of two amazing Women of Color as they shed new and needed light on how TV should treat brown girls everywhere.
“Brown Girls” is a webseries about Leila (Nabila Hossain) and Patricia (Sonia Denis). Leila, a queer Muslim freelance writer and musician Patricia, a sex- positive Black woman will always keep it 100% real. They’re two twenty-something besties in the midst of being fabulous, funny and beautifully flawed. In just seven episodes, the creative team behind this gem captures what it means to navigate turbulent times in this modern coming-of-age spin that brings a shade of brown to the forefront where it rightfully belongs.
If Leila and Patricia don’t entice you yet, take a look at this review excerpt.
Mackenzie Chinn at Vamstudio wrote “Where Girls has become a reference point for white feminism, Brown Girls is poised to help further define intersectional feminism. Where Girls drops the ball, Brown Girls is ready to pick it up. And run.” I couldn’t agree more.
Masterminds and co-creators Sam Bailey (director/producer) and Fatimah Asghar (writer) deserve praise for the vital narratives of different Brown Women stories that audiences get to see. BG even features a wide range of other engaging characters like Miranda (Melissa Duprey), Mussarat (Minita Gandhi) and Victor (Rashaad Hall) who round out the cast with stellar performances. Trust me. It is refreshing and real that a community like South Side Chicago would have a more concentrated population of lovable Brown people like them.
Among other things that makes the show special is the production quality. For such a series, every speck of melanin sparkles. It reminds me of OWN’s Queen Sugar in their attention to brown details. Not to mention, singer Jamila Woods’ addictive soundtrack will keep you humming for days and helps create an atmosphere truly unique to the show.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Bailey says this of why the series matters right now. “ We get to be actual human beings, be multi-dimensional and flawed. I think that’s something that is just now being explored in media where we (WoC) aren’t the heroes or the demons of the story.”
She continues to on reveal a major focal point of BG’s creation, is to “let the characters breathe and give them room to be themselves without the weight of being a representative for their races.”
But Asghar has her own reasons for collaborating on such an innovative project. For her, Growing up Muslim and South Asian around 9/11 was difficult in more ways than one. “I remember the only people onscreen that looked like me were made to be seen as threats or gas station owners. The few times I’ve seen people challenge that, I get really excited.” And her decision to bring a new awareness about Muslim and South-Asian characters will aptly mean more accurate on-screen representations for marginalized groups of color.
Without being pushy or pretentious, the series tackles almost every identification with respect. Free from stereotypes, not from capital D drama. I promise whatever your tastes, BG covers it.
Coincidentally Asghar unknowingly put a nice bow on the experience of tuning into the show. “It’s cool to make a show where characters have different identities, racial, religious, sexuality, gender but that gets to be in the fabric of their life but not everything has to be…about it.
I loved it, you’ll love it. You’re welcome.
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