The show Karma Kills is a drama series that shows a domino effect of events as each character is faced with a dilemma of surviving as the fittest. Set in Brooklyn, New York, the plot unfolds as the main character KB reflects on his time as a youth growing up in an abusive household. From then on, he continued onward to living the street life, never forgetting his past. Unlike most underdog stories that have a common take on hustling to survive and get out of the hood, this show captures the realities of domestic violence, substance abuse, fatherlessness, gun crimes and drug trafficking that continue to stain each generation. Riddled with voice overs of Donald Trump’s speech snippets, Karma Kills gives insight to its viewers about the seemingly never-ending story of a constant struggle for people of color.
The webisodes create a dialogue about the above topics that continue to plague the Black community. Having something to watch that reveals the fallout of corruption amongst our people is important because it illustrates the sequence of unfortunate events in an actual way that’s relatable. Incarceration, single-parented homes and abuse in any form are things that must be addressed—on TV or not. We need to continue to support these shows not just for the perpetuation of the real-life drama, but so that we can connect to it through a common goal of overcoming. We are often fed the same messages in urban Black film works, but this show puts bluntly that living life in the hood is nowhere as fearsome as creating a path to success.
“You can’t mix the streets with your f***ing dreams.” – character unnamed.
Just watching the opening to the show will give you chills as the images flashing across the screen sum up the current state of Black America. Mixed with light humor, Karma Kills is definitely worth watching. Follow each character as the mistakes they make to survive come back to haunt them. Season 1 can be streamed on YouTube.
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About the Author: Jade Mapp is a California Girl who has a strong passion for literature and composition. Her works in creative writing, poetry and editing are strengthened the more she connects to other like-minded people who are dedicated to uplift each other through art and storytelling. She is currently interning at the Black TV & Film Collective.