“This is not your parents’ show.”
If you’ve seen a viral clip on Twitter of Mouse Jones verbally violating hoteps, or Karl seemingly going against the grain of Black feminists and the likes of #BlackLivesMatter, then chances are you’ve crossed paths with The Grapevine TV. We’re changing this up for this edition of #WebSeriesWednesday by showcasing a Black webseries in the format of a talkshow, rather than our usual scripted faves.
The Grapevine TV is a YouTube hosted Black web series: it’s theme is a millennial panel discussion, hosted by Ashley Akunna & produced alongside Amanda Scott. It is a racy, educational, and often times, intense discussion by Black creatives and influencers.
Ashley Akunna is a Nigerian bred Black filmmaker with a love for creativity and honoring Black visuals and storytelling. Along with producing this show, she often hosts live events tackling love and relationships in the Black community, and lifts the unheard voices and perspectives of Black women.
The panelists often tackle social justice topics such as Black Feminism, Racism (and subtopics under the umbrella), Black LGBTQ, the Slave Trade in Libya, and Africans vs. African Americans. The panelists create unforgettable moments as opinions from various sections of the Black diaspora face each other on specific topics relative to the Black community.
Some favorites of the show are Ucheche, a Nigerian woman filled with assertive intellect that can gather the off-key opinions of the panel with a swift and fierce delivery. There’s Ayesha: the eloquent, small and softly feminine woman who honors the origins of gender and educates the panel of how those role affect us today. Or the love-to-hate fellow Bolarin, who’s simply against the majority opinion; he goes against the grain and can be counted on to play the role of Devil’s Advocate (though, we really don’t need it).