I had the honor and privilege of attending a private screening hosted by Debra Lee, of BET’s newest scripted show “Being Mary Jane,” which airs tonight July 2 at 10:30 p.m. as a 2-hour movie & I LOVE IT.
The show stars Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane Paul, the host of her own Atlanta-based TV show & my long time buddy, Aaron Spears who plays alongside Ms. Union as news anchorman & bestie, which I can relate too since I always look to him for advice in college. His role was a shocker but he’s always been an excellent actor and can morph into any role, given the challenge.
“I think Mary Jane is all of us, and I think it’s time for us to redefine who we are and not keep chasing what we have been told,” says Akil. “She’s not perfect, but I do believe she’s deserving of love. She’s deserving of the best, and I think that’s all of us.” I can totally agree with this excerpt from well known media publication by Mara. Everyone I had a discussion with after the screening had an existing connection. They all had a significant association with one of the many characters in the movie. Some cried, laughed, pondered and were screaming for more, more, more.
This movie is about YOU! As I watched the movie, I noticed that it covered almost every single controversy that Black women face from failed relationships, teenage pregnancy, ill parents, to media slurs, to colorism, to infidelity, to teenage pregnancy, to gay relationships and career issues is dealt with in the movie so don’t miss a beat.
I was tickled pink to finally meet Mara. She was was so REAL, down to earth and very approachable, I wanted to get inside her mind & share my life story as if she was a therapist.
I am one of Mara Brock Akil & Akil Productions number one fans (creators of girlfriends, the game, etc…) so I trust that this story line cultivates into a show and a character that emerges into something bigger that represents the everyday woman.
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BET DC: View DC interview here: http://www.bet.com/video/being-mary-jane/2013/exclusives/being-mary-jane-takes-on-dc.html
*Moderated by: Shawn Yancy of WTTG FOX 5, artist, designer, fab soror, fashion bestie & owner of The Bangle
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