Look at television right now. Hollywood is having a moment. This moment shows a slew of Black actors being cast in roles on primetime TV. With successful shows like ‘Scandal,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and more, networks are realizing diversity pays off to the tune of high ratings. With all this diversity, I’m hoping it will shift towards the big screen and movie executives will drop the crazy notion that movies with Black leads can’t be successful in the U.S. or overseas. Clearly, we’re the audience that decides what’s cool!
I’m hoping to see Hollywood produce more romantic comedies for the millennial generation that gives a realistic look at not only the way we interact dating-wise, but our careers and the way social media plays a huge part in our lives. Three elements I’d like to see are: the social media impact, working in creative careers and social awkwardness.
We all know social media made the dating scene more complicated than it has to be and it would be nice if movie studios incorporated this more into story lines. Many people stalk social media timelines of someone they’re dating, want to date or just stopped dating altogether. And in that lurking, they come across something (or someone) that gave them pause, and they a.) took it with a grain of salt or b.) obsessed over it. Showing both sides of this coin would be a great comedic element. And, the social awkwardness of this generation needs to be put on display. With so many of us interacting on social media, we forgot how to have real conversations with each other.
What I loved about the movies Boomerang, Love Jones and Brown Sugar (besides the soundtracks, of course) were that they showed Black professionals with thriving creative careers, living in fabulous homes and dressing super stylishly. There’s a major part of the millennial generation doing just that, and it needs to be told. Many of us are paying the bills doing what some may call unconventional jobs like freelancing and working from home, while others are young executives in corporate America dealing with the pressures of success. And then there are others who are still living at home which would make for some interesting conversations with the parental units when it comes to dating.
As I’ve gotten older, I understand why the Black rom-coms of the ’90s and early 2000s are lauded by so many. It’s not just the actors, but the realistic view those films gave about the era of their time—which can still be applied today. The emotions and the drama of relationships have not changed through the years, but the way we young adults interact and how we’re all at different places in our lives has.
Companies are consistently marketing to millennials and trying to grab our attention with the next big thing, Hollywood should follow suit and make films that show a clear depiction of Black millennial’s lives and the way we love.