Trailblazing showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser, the woman behind the groundbreaking television series, “Living Single” and hit series “Dear Black People,” is bringing the story of four African-American women friends living what appears to be fabulous lives in Harlem to the small screen. Bowser who brought the wildly popular and cult classic Living Single to tv screens thirty years prior, broke ground with the first television sitcom featuring Black women leads. Living Single chronicled the lives and loves of four Black women friends living in a Brooklyn brownstone. Bowser and Executive producer Leigh Davenport (“Boomerang”) hope to strike “magic” again with their latest entry.
Lee Bowser, who has been quietly helping to produce hit television shows like ‘Black-ish” and “Dear White People,” gives us a contemporary show starring four Black actresses navigating the precariousness of life in your thirties in Harlem. Check out the series trailer below:
Starring Bresha Webb (Renee), Andrea Bordeaux (Ella), Corbin Reid (Sondi) and Amber Stevens West (Whitney), the series explores the lives of four girlfriends living in Harlem, NYC who are dealing with a variety of topics including partnership, falling in love, heartbreak, career successes and failures to name a few. Many issues women face in general and Black women in particular including racism, mansplaining and the struggle over gender roles are taken on in the series with humor, thoughtfulness and concern. Viewers are likely to laugh and cry within minutes of scenes that examine the complexity of being Black and a woman in America while in pursuit of happiness and all of its machinations in the 30 minute episodes.
In addition to the four lead actresses, the series cast is rounded out with actors Stephen Bishop, Jay Walker, David J. Cork, Tosin Morohunfola and Nick Sagar.
“Run the World,” is part of STARZ’s #TakeTheLead initiative, part of a push to create more content featuring women and people from underrepresented populations.
“Run the World” debuts on STARZ, May 16, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. EST. Set your DVRs and check local listings for channel updates.
This article was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual.