TWENTIES Is A New Show About Brown Ladies In Their ’20s
Lena Waithe has created a comedy series called TWENTIES about African American ladies, queer and straight, navigating their twenties. In an interview Lena Waithe said what inspired her was, “An unhealthy relationship, Lena Dunham, and my friends. And I’ll be honest; 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.” Lena and Lena, just saying.
Sounds good to me. The pilot presentation was shot by Queen Latifah’s production company Flavor Unit and it is out now on Youtube. The series hasn’t (yet) been picked up by a network now for some rather suspicious reasons.
Waithe said, “I knew selling a single camera comedy about three black women in their twenties wasn’t going to be easy . . . A lot of networks read the script and loved it, but they either thought there wasn’t an audience for it or that it already existed. Of course I became extremely frustrated because I knew neither of those things were true.”
Yes, because there are so many shows about groups of Black, queer women in their adolescence. /sarcasm However Lena wants to make it clear this isn’t about race so much as it is about representing people within a race who aren’t usually represented (if that makes sense). It’s about using different kinds of peoples’ experiences to convey ones that are universal.
“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.”
That has to be one of the best quotes about being your twenties ever. Lena Waithe, in order to get this pilot on a network would like for you to do only one thing (OK, maybe two things): watch the pilot presentation on Youtube and if you like it, share it with your friends!