Velvet is a fresh new comedy for those who’ve dealt with the pressures of being young and unsure of themselves, meaning everyone. Full of awkward moments and late night toker scenes, BrittneyLove Smith and Gail Bean play unlikely friends in a minority owned law firm.

Britney plays Cymone, a young woman who puts on the façade of being cool calm and collected , coming in late and disrespecting her coworkers, while she actually deals with severe anxiety. The anxious side of her is presented to audiences whenever she confines herself in the supply closet at work to plug in her headphones and listen to loud music. This scene happens several times throughout the season. During this moment, close-up shots of this her give the anxiety she feels a touch of humanity and realism. We have all had those moments of anxiety, and just like Cymone, we tend to face it alone in our own ways.

Cymone’s relationships with her old friends become a bit strained due to the odd new one she has with Demetra, who also happens to be her boss. When Cymone brings Demetra along to one of their hangouts Ivy says “You brought Miss Bougie here to hang with your day ones?”. Being that Demetra has a demeanor and language that “makes white people comfortable” she is constantly the odd one out because of her nervous and awkward actions with both parties. With only three episodes so far, the show leaves me wanting more, hoping Demetra becomes less awkward and wondering if Cymone will ever get fired from the job she never goes to

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Demetra (Gail Bean) is a successful lawyer at the firm who attempts to be more personable befriending the cool Cymone in order to look more human and get promoted. This is her primary intention, until she realizes they have more in common than she thought.

While anxiety is presented in the first episode, fear is shown in the second, as Demetra goes to a open mic and describes her fears as a black women in society. “It is only through my own resiliency that I will break down the barriers before me” was a phrase Demetra used that resonated with Cymone, leading their forced  work-friendship to become a real one.

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The Black TV & Film Collective a 501c3 organization that operates as a NYC film collective. In our work, we support all artists of color including but not limited to black filmmakers. We are a collaborative platform that represents diversity in film and supports inclusion in Hollywood and TV. Our professional network of New York City filmmakers gives knowledge to those who want to learn how to produce film, how to make a web series, how to budget film projects and more. We host NYC film workshops that welcome a variety of experience levels from first time filmmakers who are either students in film school or to notables within the television and film industry. See how you can make a difference in the world of cinema by becoming a member of our NYC film collective. 

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About the author:
Navellys Nivar is a new  intern/member of the Black TV and
Film Collective. She is a screenwriter and huge sci-fi fan.
Graduating from Baruch College in the spring, she hopes to
finish writing her web series and begin production by  fall this year.

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