You know, OWN is really becoming the network for Black stories. I’m not sure whether that’s coincidence or by design, but I am all the way here for it.
Adding to its slate of outstanding Black content like Queen Sugar, Love Is and Black Love, the network will soon bring us a coming-of-age drama penned by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won Best Writing at the 2017 Oscars for the film Moonlight.
According to Deadline, The series is called David Makes Man, and for McCraney’s first small screen rodeo, he will have an incomparable veteran actress to work with – Phylicia Rashad. For balance, he will be working with a newbie as well, Akili McDowell, who’s first major role was in ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club.
David Makes Man is inspired by McCraney’s own life. McDowell will play David, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend. His mother relies on him to find a way out of the ‘hood. David finds himself struggling between the allure of the streets and a higher education that may actually offer him the out he desires.
Rashad will play Dr. Woods-Trap, David’s middle school instructor, who to some, would find intimidating, but her desire to see David become something more brings out a side in her that becomes his fierce advocate.
The drama will be set in South Florida, and production begins this summer with a hope for a 2019 premiere.
Not only is David Makes Man a Black story, but Black people are helping to run it as well. Dee Harris-Lawrence (Shots Fired, Unsolved) has been named showrunner and will executive produce alongside McCraney, actor Michael B. Jordan and Oprah Winfrey.
Sounds interesting to me!
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford