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Brown Girls reveals what nonwhite media could look like.

Web Series “Brown Girls” Shows What Living Outside the White Lens Looks Like

Brown Girls is a  Chicago-based web series written by Fatimah Asghar that highlights the power of intersectional sisterhood.

Leilah, played by Nabila Hossain, is a South Asian writer who’s beginning to explore her queerness. Patricia, played by Sonia Denis, is a sex-positive Black American musician who is struggling with commitment issues. Set in Chicago’s Southside, the show is told from a brown lens and purposely has no white representation.  The show’s creator, Fatimah Asghar, describes why POC sisterhood is so important for this show:

“Friendships with women of color have literally saved my life … The show is loosely based off of me and my best friend, Jamila. My friendship with Jamila is one of the most important relationships that I have ever had. I really wanted to create something that highlighted that love, because I feel like friendship/sisterhood love is not talked about as much as romantic love.”

Brown Girls is a show that provides a safe space for women of color to live outside of the marginalization that often comes with the white gaze. It sits outside of the usual heteronormative parameters that are usually put on a show that portrays single women and artfully makes the “other” normative. Along with ethnic representation, 95 percent of the show’s staff is led by women.  

Brown Girls is a refreshing show that  reimagines what media representation for women of color looks like. The show will be released in March 2017 so stay tuned and check out the trailer in the meantime!

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Heather was born in Chicago and raised in Pasadena, California and proudly claims Oakland as her adopted home. She has a B.A. in African-American Studies from Smith College (proud Smithie), and a Masters in Education Leadership from New York University. Heather's spent the past decade working in the field of educational equity and advocacy. She currently teaches Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University and manages a blog called What's Happening Black Oakland? She also contributes to Blavity, a blog for black millennials. Heather's committed to writing interesting and relevant stories that aren't being covered by the mainstream media, while straying away from the single story that is usually imposed on people of color. In her free time she enjoys traveling and going to live shows.

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