Had A Taste Of “Ackee & Saltfish”? 10 Top Web Series Created By Black Women
Sci-fi. Comedy. Drama. Fantasy. No matter your preferred genre, the following web series have it all. This diverse and engaging content, created by women of color who bravely carved their own niches and paved their own creative paths, is the stuff binge-watching was made for.
Get Your Life
In its first season, comedian, host, and side-eye seminar extraordinaire Amanda Seales’s GYL chronicles her recent move from frantic NYC to laid back, quirky L.A. Presented by Issa Rae, it’s a hilarious look at the ups and downs of both Seales’s professional and personal experiences. New episodes debut here every other Wednesday.
Post-apocalyptic setting? Check. Zombie-inducing virus? Check. Ominous, eerie music? Check. Written and directed by actress Reagan Gomez, Surviving is a fresh take on a genre that doesn’t often feature Black women as protagonists (let alone protagonists who survive to the end of the story).
Ackee & Saltfish
Created by Jamaican-British filmmaker Cecile Emeke, this laugh-out-loud and carefree series follows the friendship of inseparable duo Olivia and Rachel, who can discuss anything from the effects of gentrification to their obsessive love for Lauryn Hill.
Also created by Cecile Emeke, Strolling presents first-hand accounts of the Black diaspora experience throughout Europe.
The struggles and challenges of the entertainment industry as seen through the eyes of Kori Bailey, played by creator/actress Andrea Lewis, are front and center in this scripted slash documentary style series presented by Issa Rae. It features interviews with Tatyana Ali, Kym Whitley, and Amber Riley, to name a few.
Lisa and Amy Are Black
We recently profiled this web series here on Madame Noire, but just in case you missed it, here it is again! Created by and starring writers Lisa McQuillan and Amy Aniobi, LAAAB will leave you in stitches.
Clench & Release
Charla Lauriston describes her series as one about an NYC-based comedian who “chases love and stand up in the face of fried chicken, slavery, dicks and heartbreak.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
The title says it all. Created by Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch, this Black & Sexy TV staple was recently picked up by BET. For a small fee, you can watch all of the episodes here.
Pursuit of Sexiness
Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata and comedian Nicole Byer are the masterminds behind this web series about two broke, single friends searching for, well…money and men, obvi.
Created by actress/director Lindsey McDowell, MisSpelled is a modern day The Craft featuring a multiracial sisterhood of witches learning how to navigate life with their special powers.