hit web series ‘brown girls’ snags development deal with hbo

June 7, 2017

When the web series Brown Girls was released in February, there was flowing critical acclaim for the show’s groundbreaking portrayals of the lives of women of color. Written by Fatimah Asghar and directed by Samantha Bailey, Brown Girls follows two young women, Leila, a South Asian-American writer coming into her queerness, and Patricia, a Black, sex-positive musician who struggles with commitment issues. Now, the hit series is joining the big leagues, after Asghar and Bailey signed a development deal with HBO to create a currently unnamed series based on Brown Girls. In an interview with Elle, Bailey explained the move:

The web series world felt like a safe space where I could experiment and explore all the complexities of being a human. Black and brown people and queer folks don’t get that opportunity or rarely get that opportunity in TV. It’s been a really great space for me. But I do think that TV allows you to reach a larger audience. Representation is real and I think the more these shows get greenlit, the more creators get to show these different aspects of people. We’re so used to being pigeonholed and having these one-dimensional characters. The more these stories exist and the more we get to see them, the more we’ll be humanized.

We can’t wait! In the meantime, you can watch the first season of Brown Girls is on Open TV now!

Banner photo via Brown Girls / Open TV