‘And Simply Like That’ Would not Do Proper By Black Girls

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A little bit after the peak of its recognition, I used to be a 20-something transferring to New York, however Carrie’s all-white, big-city misadventures did not whet my urge for food for all times within the metropolis. That label belongs to Sidney Shaw in Brown Sugar and the enduring opening scene for The Mary Tyler Moore Present. Nonetheless, after I lastly watched SATC from pilot to collection finale round 2011 whereas dwelling as a Harlem transplant, I understood (and even adored) the dream the present was promoting: a captivating studio residence, high-end threads, morning-after woman talks in cafes and a unending carousel of males. It highlighted the traditional four-girl friendship we’ve seen led by Joan (Girlfriends), Issa (Insecure), and Khadijah (Dwelling Single) however with a thick air of fantasy — as a result of let’s face it: solely Carrie may afford such a way of life on a contract writers’ wage — and the obvious remedy of Black ladies as decorative at finest, nonexistent at worst. Instantly, I knew to handle my expectations for illustration of genuine Black ladies characters. This present wasn’t written to be a practical portrait of NYC’s racial panorama; it’s to look at white ladies dwell lavishly in a world cocooned by white privilege.

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