Tokens, produced and written by Troy Dangerfield and directed by Benjamin Welmond, is a comedic web-series set in Los Angeles tackling the real-life experience of being the token black guy in the room.
The series follows Troy and Stefan, two radically different black men who are just trying to live through awkward instances of racial assumptions and stereotypes, all while trying to advance their pursuit of getting women. Troy, played by the writer himself, is the classically handsome guy who easily charms the ladies is humorously complimented by his friend Stefan, the love-hungry nerd who instantly falls in love with every girl he meets. It’s a perfect recipe for hilarity all while taking a glimpse into the black experience. When the guys find themselves faced with comments such as, “I’ve never kissed a black guy before”, viewers can only empathize and wait to see how Troy and Stefan respond. How does one react to a comment like that? How would you respond?
Check out their first episode!
Feeling uncomfortable with the lack of black people in their social circle, the two venture off to find more black people to hang out with and hopefully find a connection. What gives the show an extra kick of humor is the silly baritone-voiced narrator who chronicles the men’s experiences in a storybook styling.
Though each episode is roughly two minutes long, a lot is packed and done in an aesthetically creative way that pulls in the viewer. The use of close-up shots accompanied with voice-over narration gives the viewer the experience of listening in on each character’s private conversations and inner dialogue. The show features two male protagonists with some jokes geared specifically towards a male audience, the overall focus of the series is something that anyone of color can relate to. Tokens successfully brings comedy and serious issues like race relations to the forefront, all while being entertaining and opening the floor for conversation.
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