Over the last years, Black female drama has achieved success in the movie industry but the story hasn’t been the same for black comedy.
The transformation in television landscape occurred in the 1990’s with Black dramas taking over the scene. Scandal was one of such Black dramas which gained much popularity and acceptability among drama lovers, making way for the influx of Black drama in the television industry.
This significantly created the platform for Black actresses to take center stage in the movie industry. Black females have starred in some popular television shows such as How to get Away With Murder, Underground, Being Mary Jane among others which were produced and directed by Black women.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 23, 2016
So far, not many Black comedies which featured Black women can be seen on our television screens. ‘Insecure’ by Issa Rae happens to be one of the very few comedy programs on TV now by a Black female. It’s been a long time since we saw anything like Yvette Lee Bowser’s Living Single, Mara Brock Akil’s Girlfriends.
Though the high number of Black female drama on TV is good and appreciated, we will want to see the humor side of our talented Black women too. We will like to see Black women starring in more comedies.
I just want to write really smart romantic comedies for awesome black female actresses.
— angie d. dyer (@AngieWorldOrder) September 27, 2015
I love black comedies with a strong sassy black female main character.
— Mickey Rosal (@thatssomickey) July 13, 2014
Nonetheless, we want to see Black women play lead roles in comedies, not to be playing the role as a supporting actress to a white. Black women are very able to tell their own stories. I guess it’s time for us to see some more Black female sitcoms on our television screens too just as the drama has gained much popularity.