Even in the growing era of diverse television, friendships between women of color are rarely depicted. Directed and produced by Sam Bailey and written by Fatimah Asghar, Brown Girls is a new web series that centers around the strong bond between Leilah (Nabila Hossain), a South Asian writer and Patricia (Sonia Denis), an African-American musician. Puerto Rican-American comedian and Chicago-native Melissa DuPrey also features in the series. Brown Girls is loosely based on Asghar’s own life.
The series follows Leila, a South Asian-American writer just now owning her queerness and her best friend Patricia, a sex-positive Black-American musician who is struggling to commit to anything: job, art or relationships. While the two women come from completely different backgrounds, their friendship is ultimately what they lean on to get through the messiness of their mid-twenties.
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Brown Girls is slated for a March 2017 premiere. The series boasts a diverse group of talent that is mostly made up of women of color and includes music by singer Jamila Woods and art by Olivia Willoughby.