7.17.2016

Black Girls' Night Out: Whitney & Robyn (#BlackandSexyTV)


Wow...feel like it's been a while.

Like I said At the Bar, I am enjoying the hell out of my new Black & Sexy TV subscription.  The casting is on point, the production is on point, and the music constantly has me asking, "Who dat???"

Best of all, I get to pick up where I left off with my two fave girls on Hello Cupid.

Ashley Blaine Featherson
Back when BnSTV was a crowd-funded labor of love On YouTube, I got drawn into the organic dialogue and girly hijinks of Hello Cupid.

Ashley Blaine Featherson and Hayley Marie Norman portray childhood friends Whitney and Robyn respectively.  In Season One, in a tale as old as the internet, Whitney is having no luck on the dating front.  She creates a profile on the fictional Hello Cupid site, uses a proper respectable image of herself, and gets nada.

On a whim, she and the noticeably lighter-skinned Robyn decide to use one of Robyn's pictures and wake up the next day to a gazillion responses.  Instead of stopping there, Whitney starts talking to Cassius (Brandon Scott), a proud father of one, and they hit it off...online.

So naturally, Cassius wants to meet offline and the girls - instead of stopping there - think it's a genius idea to just send Robyn on the date...whom Cassius ends up kissing.

You can see where this is going.

Hayley Marie Norman
The charade doesn't hold up, of course; by the Season One finale the cat is out of the bag, there's a slowly-growing rift between our girls, and we get to meet Cassius's wife.  'Cause, you know...of course he's got a wife.

Featherson and Norman do some excellent work on this how.  Ashley is Miss Respectable; she's educated, articulate, has a proper desk job and financial security.  She's also deeply insecure about herself and tends to project a lot of that onto Robyn.

Robyn is the Rebel; she's an alternative Black/White mixie, and a yoga teacher with little financial security.  She takes people for granted and often expects Whitney in particular to fix her problems.

So while the obvious commentary is about a man coming between two women, the nuanced commentary is about how women come between ourselves.

Final verdict: Where's my Season Three, boo?

4 comments:

  1. I feel you on not having enough positive images of women of color on television. I didn't know about Black & Sexy TV. Thanks for the info.

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  2. BLACK N SEXY TV? WHERE THE FUCK I BEEN??????

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  3. You ain't said nothin but a word. It's on Apple TV, which makes it all right with me.

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