Genre: comedic drama
Created by: Lena Waithe and Ashley Blaine Fetherson
Staring: Ashley Blaine Featherson, Hayley Marie Norman & Brandon Scott
What is it about: Have you ever logged into your online dating account and were like, “self, this would make a good television show and/or movie?” Well that’s what this series is kind of about. More specifically, the series follows a young, dark skinned woman as she switches her online dating profile picture with that of her lighter skinned roommate to see if she would get more responses, and ends up with more than what she bargained for.
What Makes This Smart: Is it because she’s light skinned or because she looks like Rihanna?, has been discussed to death in a zillion and one think pieces, so it’s about time we see this play out within the realms of scripted television. Outside of the colorism theme, “Hello Cupid” smartly highlights the perils of assumption making and how many of us, outside of the catfishing, too wear masks different than how we try to present to the world. It also delves into the reasons why people play games and gives it some humanity, instead of the old standby of, “bitches be crazy.” Plus, it is a new take on the relationship series, which is so desperately needed. I would say that out of all the series produced by Black & Sexy TV, Hello Cupid is by far my most favorite. And I am looking forward to it’s return for a second season.