by Alma Hill

What was the last teenage melodrama you watched on TV? Was it this last, very disappointing season of Pretty Little Liars? Are you a Riverdale fan? Or maybe you relive your younger years with the socialites of the Gossip Girl world. Ever notice anything? Or rather, do you ever notice that you…. well.. don’t notice something?

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Recently, screenwriter, producer, and actress, Issa Rae, was asked by The New Yorker to pitch her fantasy television series. Her answer: Black Gossip Girl. The hilarious sales pitch had us in tears, and praying for this show and it's absolutely epic dream cast (featuring Little Richie and a miscellaneous “ho character”) to be a reality sooner than later.

Her title suggestions: Ladera Heights 90041, Windsor Hills 90043, or Potomac Maryland 20854.

It’s been almost twenty years since predominantly black casts were a regular staple on network television. Even back then, there weren’t many sitcoms that focused on the experience of black teens. Moesha starring Brandy Norwood is the most legitimate example of a show that really had a cast and storyline based around being a black teen in modern society but even that show ended in 2001. Everybody Hates Chris closed up shop in 2009, and any honorable mentions, like Smart Guy, Sister Sister, and Family Matters were long gone before the current generation of teenagers was even potty trained.

Plenty of people are ready for some new, more diverse faces in television. Issa Rae, creator of Insecure, is definitely one of those people. Her HBO Series was just renewed for a third season proving to Hollywood that there is a market for black stories, and that people actually care about these narratives.



It’s time for more young black teens to be on the silver screen. If you could pitch a show focused on a group of black teenagers, what would it look like? What would you call it?

Pitch us your shows in the comments below!
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Alma Hill is a freelance journalist, actress, and mother living in Orlando, FL. A frequent contributor to online and print media publications, she believes that the words from our mouths will change the world. Born in Charlotte, NC, she's a millennial with an old soul who appreciates a good meme as much as a Miles Davis album. Brave souls can follow her on Twitter @_mynameissoul,but you have been warned. 

by Alma Hill

What was the last teenage melodrama you watched on TV? Was it this last, very disappointing season of Pretty Little Liars? Are you a Riverdale fan? Or maybe you relive your younger years with the socialites of the Gossip Girl world. Ever notice anything? Or rather, do you ever notice that you…. well.. don’t notice something?

Continue Reading
Recently, screenwriter, producer, and actress, Issa Rae, was asked by The New Yorker to pitch her fantasy television series. Her answer: Black Gossip Girl. The hilarious sales pitch had us in tears, and praying for this show and it's absolutely epic dream cast (featuring Little Richie and a miscellaneous “ho character”) to be a reality sooner than later.

Her title suggestions: Ladera Heights 90041, Windsor Hills 90043, or Potomac Maryland 20854.

It’s been almost twenty years since predominantly black casts were a regular staple on network television. Even back then, there weren’t many sitcoms that focused on the experience of black teens. Moesha starring Brandy Norwood is the most legitimate example of a show that really had a cast and storyline based around being a black teen in modern society but even that show ended in 2001. Everybody Hates Chris closed up shop in 2009, and any honorable mentions, like Smart Guy, Sister Sister, and Family Matters were long gone before the current generation of teenagers was even potty trained.

Plenty of people are ready for some new, more diverse faces in television. Issa Rae, creator of Insecure, is definitely one of those people. Her HBO Series was just renewed for a third season proving to Hollywood that there is a market for black stories, and that people actually care about these narratives.



It’s time for more young black teens to be on the silver screen. If you could pitch a show focused on a group of black teenagers, what would it look like? What would you call it?

Pitch us your shows in the comments below!
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Alma Hill is a freelance journalist, actress, and mother living in Orlando, FL. A frequent contributor to online and print media publications, she believes that the words from our mouths will change the world. Born in Charlotte, NC, she's a millennial with an old soul who appreciates a good meme as much as a Miles Davis album. Brave souls can follow her on Twitter @_mynameissoul,but you have been warned. 

by Alma Hill

What was the last teenage melodrama you watched on TV? Was it this last, very disappointing season of Pretty Little Liars? Are you a Riverdale fan? Or maybe you relive your younger years with the socialites of the Gossip Girl world. Ever notice anything? Or rather, do you ever notice that you…. well.. don’t notice something?

Continue Reading
Recently, screenwriter, producer, and actress, Issa Rae, was asked by The New Yorker to pitch her fantasy television series. Her answer: Black Gossip Girl. The hilarious sales pitch had us in tears, and praying for this show and it's absolutely epic dream cast (featuring Little Richie and a miscellaneous “ho character”) to be a reality sooner than later.

Her title suggestions: Ladera Heights 90041, Windsor Hills 90043, or Potomac Maryland 20854.

It’s been almost twenty years since predominantly black casts were a regular staple on network television. Even back then, there weren’t many sitcoms that focused on the experience of black teens. Moesha starring Brandy Norwood is the most legitimate example of a show that really had a cast and storyline based around being a black teen in modern society but even that show ended in 2001. Everybody Hates Chris closed up shop in 2009, and any honorable mentions, like Smart Guy, Sister Sister, and Family Matters were long gone before the current generation of teenagers was even potty trained.

Plenty of people are ready for some new, more diverse faces in television. Issa Rae, creator of Insecure, is definitely one of those people. Her HBO Series was just renewed for a third season proving to Hollywood that there is a market for black stories, and that people actually care about these narratives.



It’s time for more young black teens to be on the silver screen. If you could pitch a show focused on a group of black teenagers, what would it look like? What would you call it?

Pitch us your shows in the comments below!
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Alma Hill is a freelance journalist, actress, and mother living in Orlando, FL. A frequent contributor to online and print media publications, she believes that the words from our mouths will change the world. Born in Charlotte, NC, she's a millennial with an old soul who appreciates a good meme as much as a Miles Davis album. Brave souls can follow her on Twitter @_mynameissoul,but you have been warned. 

By Alma Hill

“Passing” is a controversial concept in Black American Culture. We all know someone who is light enough, or has fair enough features to “pass” as white. Often times, these fair skinned family members are complete anomalies in their families. Take Quincy Jones’ daughters for example. Kidada Jones, while she is lighter in skin tone is visibly a black woman. Her younger sister however, Rasheeda, is a more public figure in today's entertainment world and most people don’t know she’s black.

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Now the conflict surrounding the choice that those who can “pass” for white have to make, has made it’s way to the independent movie circuit. Across the Tracks is a film about two sisters growing up in Georgia in the 1960’s in the midst of segregation. When the school systems become integrated, the youngest sister who is fair skinned, decides to pass for white so that she can go to the school on the other side of the tracks. This decision causes a deep rift between the siblings which lasts all the way into their adult lives.

The trailer is riveting, with stellar performances by the two young actresses that tackle issues like colorism, institutionalized racism, and black identity in the south with critically acclaimed performances. The film, which can be seen here for $2, has received awards at more than 25 different international film festivals including the the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem, the international Chelsea Film Festival, and Africa Movie Academy Awards. The actresses who play the sisters as adults were recognized for their performances at the Chelsea Film Festival as well.

The director, Mike Cooke, said “At the time of filming in 2014, we wanted to show the complex nuances of race and identity in the eyes of a young black girl, growing up in the late 60s. It was always meant to be presented in a way that left the viewer asking their own questions. What would you do if you were in the same scenario as Ella? The years have progressed, our politics in turmoil, I think our message has really stayed the course. I'd like to present a mirror to the viewer and give them some abstract thinking exercises.”


Across The Tracks Official Trailer from Mike Cooke on Vimeo.

What do you think of the film? Give it a watch, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below
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Alma Hill is a freelance journalist, actress, and mother living in Orlando, FL. A frequent contributor to online and print media publications, she believes that the words from our mouths will change the world. Born in Charlotte, NC, she's a millennial with an old soul who appreciates a good meme as much as a Miles Davis album. Brave souls can follow her on Twitter @_mynameissoul,but you have been warned. 

By Alma Hill

“Passing” is a controversial concept in Black American Culture. We all know someone who is light enough, or has fair enough features to “pass” as white. Often times, these fair skinned family members are complete anomalies in their families. Take Quincy Jones’ daughters for example. Kidada Jones, while she is lighter in skin tone is visibly a black woman. Her younger sister however, Rasheeda, is a more public figure in today's entertainment world and most people don’t know she’s black.

Continue Reading


Now the conflict surrounding the choice that those who can “pass” for white have to make, has made it’s way to the independent movie circuit. Across the Tracks is a film about two sisters growing up in Georgia in the 1960’s in the midst of segregation. When the school systems become integrated, the youngest sister who is fair skinned, decides to pass for white so that she can go to the school on the other side of the tracks. This decision causes a deep rift between the siblings which lasts all the way into their adult lives.

The trailer is riveting, with stellar performances by the two young actresses that tackle issues like colorism, institutionalized racism, and black identity in the south with critically acclaimed performances. The film, which can be seen here for $2, has received awards at more than 25 different international film festivals including the the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem, the international Chelsea Film Festival, and Africa Movie Academy Awards. The actresses who play the sisters as adults were recognized for their performances at the Chelsea Film Festival as well.

The director, Mike Cooke, said “At the time of filming in 2014, we wanted to show the complex nuances of race and identity in the eyes of a young black girl, growing up in the late 60s. It was always meant to be presented in a way that left the viewer asking their own questions. What would you do if you were in the same scenario as Ella? The years have progressed, our politics in turmoil, I think our message has really stayed the course. I'd like to present a mirror to the viewer and give them some abstract thinking exercises.”


Across The Tracks Official Trailer from Mike Cooke on Vimeo.

What do you think of the film? Give it a watch, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below
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Alma Hill is a freelance journalist, actress, and mother living in Orlando, FL. A frequent contributor to online and print media publications, she believes that the words from our mouths will change the world. Born in Charlotte, NC, she's a millennial with an old soul who appreciates a good meme as much as a Miles Davis album. Brave souls can follow her on Twitter @_mynameissoul,but you have been warned.