Besties Meagan Good and Tamara Bass Team Up For ‘All That Matters’
What happens when two girlfriends who have known each other since they were teens team up to work on a project together? You get “All That Matters,” a new web series produced and directed by Meagan Good and Tamara Bass, written by Bass.
Yes, these ladies get down.
The story, about a newly engaged couple whose world gets turned upside down when the bride-to-be’s five-year-old niece is unexpectedly dropped off on the couple’s doorstep, they came up with the series as a way to present something that wasn’t cliché. The show’s unique premise and ability to appeal to both a male and female audience caught the attention of ‘Q’ of WorldStarHipHop and media personality Sway Calloway. It’s now WorldStarHipHop’s first original series.
Check out the premier episode right here and expect additional episodes each week. And you might want to listen up as the ladies chat about everything we need to know about the upcoming season!
MOMMYNOIRE: What was the inspiration for the series?
TAMARA BASS: I drew upon some personal experiences, obviously I fictionalized and changed some things here and there. I’m the old school bring-your-kids-for-the-summer type auntie. I’ve been that way since my brothers and sisters had children. I don’t have any children. And I’ve always explored the idea of parenting via auntie.
In the summertime, when my niece was here, I would explore all these things with her and also try to instill all these things that my mom instilled into me into her. So I decided what would happen if one day, because I have a niece around the character’s age, that weekend or summer parenting turned into fulltime? What in my life would I have to mold and twist to accommodate her? I thought it would be fun to play with this couple who has their plan all laid out and then God and the universe has another?
MOMMYNOIRE: Who is your target audience?
TAMARA BASS: Our first audience is women. But also men who are open. We’ve actually showed it to males that we know and we’ve both been surprised that men have loved it too. One guy told me, “thank your for showing black men in a light that we don’t get to see.” I want the world to see my stepdad. Here was this man who stepped up and loved a woman who already had two children, and I was mean to him. But he told my mom he wasn’t going anywhere. And 25 years later I commend him. You can’t tell him that we’re not his. No, he’s not perfect, but he’s there. Hopefully, people will say this is a story we can all relate to.
MOMMYNOIRE: What’s your goal for the series?
TAMARA BASS: Ultimately, we would love to get a conversation started and show people that this is a topic that doesn’t get addressed. And on a content level as a company our goal is to become visible. You know Meagan Good in a certain light and you may know Tamara Bass in a certain light, but here we are collectively to show the world what our voice sounds like; what our vision looks like. We want to show that two black women who love one another and genuinely want the other to succeed can come together and born something, and totally uplift the other.
MEAGAN GOOD: Also for us it was about the type of content we were putting into the world as well. It was exciting to say, What are the kinds of roles that black women don’t really get the opportunity to play, and not just play, what about playing the lead? What about exploring these stories and putting things into the universe that every woman can relate to? And also show black men and families in a positive light? Because a lot of the content that’s out there tends to present us in a way that isn’t always complementing or even true. We want to create vehicles that can also uplift the generation more positively without losing the conflict. You know, something else to choose from.
MOMMYNOIRE: What can we expect from the season?
TAMARA BASS: You can expect some ups and downs of them adjusting to this new life. We have some interesting stuff that’s gonna come up with Claudine played by Alexis Fields. Her character is going to chart into some territory that we haven’t seen yet in terms of women. And just them really figuring out if this is something they wanna take on full-time. Again, the theme is what happens when your life changes in 24 hours?