Lately many of my friends and I have lamented over how crappy [cable] tv programming is these days. All we seem to be inundated with are [fake] "reality" tv shows and tons of competition shows. Where did all the quality programming go? I'll tell you where it went, to the web. Youtube, lately, has been exploding with great web series and the black community is hitting it out of the park. Below are some of my favorite channels and shows by us created with us in mind on Youtube.
The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl
I first learned of this series a couple years ago from Black Girl Long Hair and have been an avid follower ever since. You follow J as she encounters all kinds of socially awkward situations that we've all experienced at times in our life. Issa Rae, the creator and key actress in the show, is freakishly creative and funny. Directed by Issa and , they funded the whole first season from their own pockets. As the show's popularity grew, Pharell Williams took notice and his channel, I Am Other, picked up the show to start out their second season. You can watch season 1 HERE and season 2 on I Am Other's channel.WARNING: This series curses a lot but if you can get past that, it's super good.
Black & Sexy TV
I do not remember how I found this channel but I friggin love their programming! They have multiple series under them all created and acted out with great quality and entertaining story lines. Issa Rae collaborates with them a lot on projects. I have to list all their shows because I enjoy them all:
1) The Couple is a short web series that finds humor in life as a couple. One of my favorite minisodes is epidsode 6, Laid Up. Can we say hilarious?!