Lena Waithe, the writer and producer behind hilarious web series such as Hello Cupid and Sh*t Black Girls Say, has a new project! TWENTIES is “about three [girls], in their twenties, who are trying to get their shit together." The show is being produced by Queen Latifah's company, Flavor Unit.
Waithe sat down with Shadow & Act, and explained what inspired her to create the show:
"I didn’t write this pilot just because I wasn’t seeing myself on television. I wrote it because it was a story I needed to tell. And usually when a writer sits down with that kind of fire in their belly it always strikes a chord with audiences. TWENTIES is the most personal script I’ve ever written and I don’t think it’s a surprise that it’s also gotten me the most attention. People like it when you tell the truth. And this is mine. But I also think it’s universal. Because who can’t relate to being in your twenties and sucking at life? It’s a magical time when you don’t have to have everything figured out. It’s a ten-year window when you’re free to have awkward sex, unhealthy friendships, and a boss you can’t stand. Usually when you see young black women on television they’re either perfect and pristine, or they’re trying to accidentally get pregnant by a professional athlete. There’s very little middle ground. And the truth is that’s where most of us live. Somewhere in the middle."
Waithe, who is currently busy producing the upcoming feature film, Dear White People, also had this to say:
“The good news is I don’t want your money. There’s no Kickstarter or IndieGoGo attached to this project. All we want you to do is commit to sharing TWENTIES with twenty of your friends. The more you spread the word the better chance we have of getting it on TV. We’ll keep pitching. You keep sharing. Let’s do this!”
Click "Read more" to check out the four-part pilot presentation & share to help spread the word and get it on TV!
Part 1: Scenes From 'Twenties' Opener
Part 2: 'The Birthday Party'
Part 3: 'Tampons vs. Pads'
Part 4: 'Fuck The Voice'