Brown Girls’ Web Series Writer: ‘We Don’t Need Permission’ to Tell Our Stories
by SALEAH BLANCAFLOR
After a successful GoFundMe campaign last August, a new web series that aims to bring women of color and their stories will premiere this month on Open TV, a Chicago-based platform for diverse and independent artists.
“Brown Girls” written by Fatimah Asghar and directed by Sam Bailey, follows the lives of Leila and Patricia, two best friends living in the Southside of Chicago. Despite coming from completely different backgrounds, the series explores the protagonists’ friendship as they work, party, and navigate the struggles of daily life.
NBC News spoke with Asghar about how her and Bailey assembled the cast and crew, the inspiration behind the series, and how the digital age has help enable artists of color able to share their stories to represent themselves in a honest and realistic way. Read on….