Over here, we love Black web series. Couldn’t tell?
So we’re super excited to talk about the newest feature, Youth, etc. We stan.
Youth, etc. is a web series written & performed by Jalen & B: two best friends in Washington D.C. who tackle subjects from Blackness, to Instagram, to Beyoncé, and of course, maneuvering through it all as young adults.
How shall we describe the Black millennial? Cool, trendy, and anxiously carefree. Like… we have responsibilities to be cool, get a job, create something, find non-label labels to self-identify, fix the economy and front line social issues all while looking ridiculously good, right?
It’s the parallels of being youthful while expanding into the realms of adulthood we may not be ready for… or better yet, haven’t asked for, but execute awesomely.
Here’s how Jalen & B. describe the show’s premise,
“The concept for Youth, Etc. comes from in-real-life best friends, Banna Desta and Jalen Parker. The goal of this web series is to chronical the many different experiences of young black people. B is a 1st-gen black woman and Jaden is a queer black man. Their friendship is based not only on their shared blackness, but also the differences in identity that shape them. We follow both characters as they tackle their professional and personal lives in Washington, DC.”
The comedy in Youth, etc. is so chill, and yet spot on with Black culture in a surprisingly and refreshingly subtle way. It’s like, if Daria were Black… and queer… and… happy? Then that’s the tone this comedic duo take on, and it fits their characters perfectly.
For example, in their premiere episode entitled “Instapoets”, they comedically mock the ridiculousness that Instagram personas take on once the user suspects they have an audience to impress. Jalen & B. go on the misadventure to explore the world as Instapoets (the people who post non-poems of fake deep phrases on IG), just to see how much b.s. they dare get away with. An optical critique on the culture, while also smartly being on the pulse of it.
Wanna watch? Here ya go.
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