Why Living Single is the Blueprint

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Is it mere coincidence that our beloved Khadijah was a successful Editor-in-Chief in 1993 then along comes fan favorite Carrie Bradshaw, a successful sex columnist in 1998? There’s also Max, the cynical feminist attorney. Later we’re introduced to SATC’s Miranda who is also a cynical, tough, feminist thinking attorney. Regine was the lesser successful Samantha with sex-positivity ideas of dating. Pointing out the stark similarities is no shade to the brilliance of SATC. Art is inspired by other art, but props must given where it’s due.

The beauty of Living Single is it’s non-monolithic portrayal of black women. Although the women were roommates and close friends, they were all unique. Max was nothing like Regine and Synclaire was nothing like Khadijah. And that’s the humanity that is often robbed of black characters on television. Living Single still resonates 20 years later not because all black women can relate to Khadijah, Max, Synclaire and Regine, instead we celebrate their stories—bright, funny, caring, educated, complex, driven black women on a journey through life—that remain ones rarely told in media.