I neglected (unknowingly) to mention another show in a previous post.
Lena Waithe’s been on my radar for a while now. From back when Dear White People, the movie dropped. I only knew her to be a producer and later found out through my research into Justin Simeon’s career, that she was also a writer and had made a show called 20s.
Then she pops up again with Aziz Ansari on Master of None and wins an Emmy for her Thanksgiving episode.
Not to mention, she’s been putting in work for a while now behind folks like Gina Prince Bythewood and Ava DuVernay.
Long story short: My bitch is on fye.
The this dropped about a month ago:
Yes, yes, y’all. Lena Waithe’s The Chi is coming to Showtime next year and it looks damn promising.
I’m really excited to see Jason Mitchell in a leading roll. Mitchell is most known to me for playing the hell out of Eazy E in Straight Outta Compton. He bodied that roll. His performance in the Netflix original, Mudbound, was phenomenal as well.
Showtime released the first episode of the series earlier this week and I’m hooked.
Prediction: This will be another stand out year for television. I’ll be rooting for everybody black. Lena Waithe. Justin Simien, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Donald Glover – they’re really proving themselves to be vanguards of this revolution in television and film. Even during one of the darkest hours in American history, they’re here to let you know that one monkey ain’t gone stop the show.
And that’s black excellence.