Since its inception, YouTube has been a place for content creators to launch new projects. Black women have taken advantage of that platform by launching ambitious music, short films and sitcom projects. From tackling the corporate America to a new age Sex & The City, Black women are creating the best content on the web. Check out our favorite women of YouTube and their amazing shows.
Reagan Gomez-Preston – Surviving
Reagan Gomez-Preston isn’t an actress waiting on her next role, she’s been creating her own lane by crowd funding her own web series.
Written and directed by Gomez, “Surviving” follows Shayla, a doctor as her hospital is overrun with a mysterious virus. Shayla doesn’t believe the virus is more than the flu but she it isn’t until after she comes face to face with the virus’ effects that she realizes that the world may be on the brink of a catastrophe. If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead,” you’re going to love “Surviving.”
Kim Williams – Unwritten Rules
If you’ve ever been the only Black woman at your job, then you’ll definitely relate to Racey.
Based on the book, “Unwritten Rules: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African American Woman” by creator Kim Williams, this show gives you a hilarious look at life in corporate America. From dealing with her racist boss to meddling coworkers, “Unwritten Rules” is the perfect anecdote after a long day at work.
Everything I Did Wrong In My 20s
Kim Williams’ other show is the “Being Mary Jane“ of YouTube.
Ever wish you could give advice to your younger self? We all do. “Everything I did Wrong in my 20s” is that show. The show follows 37 year old Stephanie on the eve of losing her best friend (her dog Happy) and the one year anniversary of losing her job. While she’s barely keeping it together, she’s totally the big sister we never had.
Sanicole – The City Hates Us
Chicago filmmaker Sandrel “Sanicole” Young has created a hit with “The City Hates Us.”
Set in and around the southside of Chicago, the web series follows six young Black men and women as they try attempt to chase their dreams of becoming writers, fashion stylists, rappers and more. The show tackles everything millennials face today: addiction, troubled relationships and more.For a look at the more positive side of Chicago, this is your show.
Michelle A. Daniel – Between Women
One of YouTube’s most popular series (the first episode has nearly 1 million views!) is “Between Women.”
The show follows the lives of six lesbians as they navigate life and love in Atlanta. The one of a kind show has had a cult following since 2011. But if you want to catch the new episodes, you’re going to have pay through their website here.
Andrea Lewis – Black Actress
“Black Actress” is a mock-documentary that follows actress Kori Bailey as she tries to land her next big gig and make a name for herself in Hollywood. Starring “Degrassi: TNG” alum Andrea Lewis, this show doesn’t sugar coat the trials and tribulations of Hollywood. The best part of this show are the real-life interviews with famous Black actresses about what it’s really like to be a Black actress. With Tatyana Ali and Essence Atkins as producers, this show couldn’t help but to be a success.
Nicole Amarteifio – An African City
Dubbed the African “Sex & The City“, “An African City” follows 5 women as they move back home to Africa to start their lives and career.
Created by Nicole Amarteifio, “An African City” takes a bold, refreshing look at young Black millennial women as they explore live and love in Africa, a continent that is mostly unfamiliar to us. If you love shows about friendship and African culture, you must check out “An African City.” Although season two just started, executive producer Millie Monyo believes in the show and wants it to grow into a TV show. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for that.
Lindsey McDowell – Misspelled
This multi-cultural show about mis-adventures of clueless teen witches is everything we’ve needed since Charmed left the air. Created by Lindsey McDowell, who also stars “Misspelled” boasts the most diverse cast on YouTube. It has everything you love about teen dramas: magic, betrayal, zombies and more. If you loved Charmed or “The Craft”, you’ll definitely enjoy Misspelled.
Jahmela Biggs – First
Robin and Charles have been best friends since middle school but they finally decided to take a crack at dating in their late 20s. This series is has everything you can expect from best friends taking a crack at love: awkward moments, miscommunication and undeniable chemistry. Creator Jahmela Biggs stars in the series that makes you reminisce on classic films like “Love & Basketball” and “Brown Sugar.”
Sasheer Zamata – Pursuit of Sexiness
Imagine if Tina Fey created a show about Black women and dating. That is exactly what “Pursuit of Sexiness” is. Star Sasheer Zamata and Nicole Byer are two peas in a pod as broke, single best friends trying to get by. If you love improv and sketch comedy this short web series will keep you in stiches. You can also catch Zamata on Saturday Night Live each week.
Tamara Bass/ Meagan Good – All That Matters
You may not know Tamara Bass by name but you’ve definitely seen her face.
From “Boston Public” to “Baby Boy“, Bass has been hard at work creating “All that Matters” with friend and fellow actress Meagan Good. The series debuted on WorldStarHipHop where it garnered millions of views on the popular blog site. The series follows Joy (Bass) excited over her new engagement but she’s in store for an even bigger change in her life.
Beauties, what are your favorite web series?
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