Bigger, Bolder, Better: The Bold Type Finally Got POC Relationships Right
The first amazing season of Freeform’s (formerly ABC Family) The Bold Type may be over but the finale will keep us feeling satisfied because Kadena gave us everything we need to survive until they return.
Let me explain how The Bold Type finally got POC relationships right and used Kat & Adena to do it.
Freeform has done a complete transformation in the line up of shows on air with the likes of The Fosters. Not going to lie, I was annoyed at the network overhaul after being used to the ABC Family moniker but I’m starting to see why the name might just fit after all. Why?
The. Bold.Type…specifically Kat & Adena on The Bold Type.
Technically Kat (Aisha Dee) and Adena (Nikohl Boosheri) aren’t officially a couple but who are we kidding, of course they are. Which is why their separation *no spoilers go watch* toward the end of the season made fans who wanted the pair together, weep into their stylish wine tumblers.
A few things were different about Kadena’s coupling and I honestly haven’t seen much of this “normalcy” since Queen Sugar’s community activist lady duo, Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley) & Chantal Williams(Reagen Gomez Preston) had their incredibly short-lived fling during season 1.
It is refreshing that Kadena’s gender is never highlighted as being a source of conflict. It is merely accepted as fact without debate, the way it should be instead of dramatized in a way that is rarely reflective of today’s progressive generation. In fact much of their respective demographic information (economic status, race, profession) is interpreted as background noise, giving the audience a chance to focus on the crazy hot chemistry they have together.
Ahem, yes! Don’t mind if I do.
Aside from their beauty both physically and how much they love their jobs, these two haven’t had the smoothest road to love. This is Kat’s first same-sex relationship which she initially struggled coming to terms internally, free of judgment from besties Sutton (Meghann Fahy) & Jane (Katie Stevens) who let her fully navigate this confusion about the fluidity of her sexual preference. Adena was free to exercise the full range of emotions encountered when her possible deportation eclipsed her passion for photography. There were times where neither woman understood the other’s reality. Inside every situation, there are two perspectives. Equally important and equally fleshed out on screen…yes on screen.
It’s pretty cool to see this happen even though Adena’s voice of reasoning most often comes from the women in Kat’s life explaining Adena’s viewpoint clearly. Only a few people like her besties and boss, Jaclyn (Melora Hardin) can break through the stubborn shell of Kat’s convictions. It is comforting to see material portrayed by women of color treated with such tenderness even inside harsh situations like immigration discrimination and cyber-bullying.
Their story both together and separately, is bold because it’s balanced, organic and honest. I challenge you to think of two other LGBTQ who look at each other like this adorable pair.
POC relationships, especially LGBTQ ones are scarcely shown and greatly needed for visibility reasons alone. But don’t just take my word for it, check out what Aisha Dee and Nikohl Boosheri say about why Kadena is so important.