It has been a winning year for people of color and women in the entertainment industry. While shows like, Insecure, Jane the Virgin and Queen Sugar have commanded audience’s TV screens, there is a new series that is bound to take over streaming services. Chicago-based platform OpenTV recently launched the trailer for its forthcoming show Brown Girls, and it’s giving a voice to queer communities of color.
The near two-minute trailer introduces some of the shows leading characters, Leila, a South Asian-American writer who is seemingly trying to navigate her own sexual orientation; and her close friend Patricia, a black musician who is struggling financially, creatively, and romantically. In just a short period of time, the clip, which is guided by the sounds of Chicago native Jamila Woods, illustrates a fusion of both of the women’s backgrounds, while addressing themes of love and relationships, family and sexual orientation.
Unlike other series, Brown Girls is led by a crew of 95 percent women, people of color and/or women, according to director Sam Bailey. “When I was putting the crew together, I really focused on making sure that the people behind the camera represented the story they were telling in front of the camera,” Bailey said of handpicking the BG team. “We got on set every day and the energy was just different. You could feel it. Everyone was so invested. It was personal for them and I think that comes through in the final product.”
Brown Girls is slated for release in March 2017. In the meantime, check out the new series trailer below.