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Are Fans Willing To Pay To Make A “Girlfriends” Movie Happen? Mara Brock Akil Hopes So, Thinking About Kickstarter Campaign
I don’t know if you heard about the Kickstarter campaign that was started by producer and screenwriter Rob Thomas in the hopes of raising $2 million to shoot a Veronica Mars movie. Of course, Veronica Mars was that lone white show on UPN back in the day, that was actually pretty good, that had actress Kristen Bell portraying a high school and college student moonlighting as a private investigator. It had such a major cult following, though it only ran for three seasons, that when Thomas started the Kickstarter, everyone was blown away by the fact that it raised the $2 million in just a matter of hours. HOURS. It became the fastest fundraising campaign the site has had, and it already has people thinking and talking about what other shows and movies could be rejuvenated with a Kickstarter campaign. One of those people is Mara Brock Akil.
According to Shadow and Act, Akil took to her Twitter account this morning to ask fans if they were down for a similar campaign to bring Girlfriends back in a film, saying “Do
#GirlfriendsFans want to start a KickStarter Fund for a movie? If so hit me back at @MaraBrockAkil & “like” @AKILPRODUCTIONS FB pg”
Who knows, it could all be a ploy just to get you to like the Akil Productions Facebook page so that they can gain more followers, but if she’s absolutely serious about a Girlfriends movie, that’s the best news I’ve heard all day (hey, it’s early). In all honesty, the last season or two of Girlfriends I sort of tuned out from, probably because it moved to the CW and because I was a big fan of the trifling but lovable Toni Childs character, who ended up making an unexpected exit. But now that there is so much reality TV crap, I can say that I do miss the all-black cast representing us well and story lines of Girlfriends. Hell, I miss UPN as a whole, they were telling our stories, ya’ll! So if Mara Brock Akil actually starts a campaign and is serious about this film, I’m all for it, and I think I would try to financially support (but who knows what my money might look like later…). But the question is, would you?
Back when “America’s Next Top Model” debuted on UPN (yes, UPN…THROWBACK!), it was something fresh and fun for those just getting into the whole reality TV thing. The year was 2003. Almost 10 years later and the show has become a tad bit stale, so much so that they had to fire three fan favorite cast members recently to keep the fire going. But when it was hot, it was very entertaining. My only real issue with the show would be the fact that even the winners of the show (with the exception of Eva Pigford) would pretty much fall into obscurity when they were supposed to turning into the “Top” of the top models. What’s that about!? Either way, we found out what a few of them were doing and thought we’d share. And yes, we’ve done something like this before last year, but we’ve got some different faces off of the milk carton. And as always, be ready to click-ity click.
Sadly, it might be easy to forget Naima Mora. Though she was the winner of Cycle 4, the model, who is African American, Irish, Native American and Mexican, was pretty quiet and the perfect example of an introvert. Don’t let that mohawk fool you. But that didn’t keep her from being a fan favorite (winning fan voted “CoverGirl of the week” EVERY week) and impressing the judges to take the fancy CoverGirl contract, contract with Ford Models and spread in Elle. Since then, Mora did some TV work (“Veronica Mars”), she’s done her share of print work in big name magazines (US Weekly, IN Touch, and Teen People among many others), and done some independent film work. But for a few years now, Mora has taken a break from all the posing and giving good face to show off her vocal talents as the lead singer for the bands, Chewing Pics (which disbanded in 2009) and Galaxy of Tar. I don’t know if those names would intrigue me enough to go to listen to their music, but do your thing boo!
Remember when “Girlfriends” was on UPN? Man, Monday nights would never be the same. “Girfriends” was black women’s own version of “Sex and the City,” but something they could relate to just a little bit more (not everyone can splurge on Manolo Blahnik shoes like some people). These sistas were smart, funny, classy (except for Lynn at times), fashionable, and did I mention funny? Their broke, busted and disgusted relationships and somewhat all over the place lives were what kept us tuned in every Monday, and without the show, we wouldn’t have had the good years of “The Game,” (its spinoff) and positive representations of black women. Those WERE the days. Let’s see where the cast is at nowadays…