Thursday, August 11, 2011

Let's Hear it for the Awkward Black Girls

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl -- ABG for short -- is a web series about a socially handicapped black woman who finds herself in hilarious situations.

The star and creator, Issa Rae (pictured above), sets her series in various Los Angeles locales, and in the main character's office.

This web series reminds me of another awkward black girl, Monie on a great animated show Hey Monie! who also was socially handicapped black woman who finds herself in hilarious situations.

Hey Monie! is an animated American black sitcom produced by Soup2Nuts. Hey Monie! originated as one of 14 animated-short components of X-Chromosone (1999), a series on the Oxygen cable network. Proving popular enough to stand on its own, the cartoon series expanded to 30 minutes and moved to Black Entertainment Television and, afterward, on the Oxygen Network in 2003.
Its main character, Simone ("Monie"), works at a public relations agency in Chicago. She lives in an apartment building with her best friend Yvette. The show chronicles her life living as a single career woman in the big city.

The series' voice talent included the Frangela duo (pictured below); Angela V. Shelton as Monie and Frances Callier as Yvette, Melissa Bardin Galsky and Brendon Small.- Some info from Wikipedia
Frangela - Frances Callier & Angela V. Shelton
You can find a couple episodes of Hey Monie! on YouTube, but they are of low quality.(* See 2016 update below) It really is a funny show and Frangela translate their real life chemistry to their animated counterparts.

Below you can see a video explaining more about how they put the show The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl together

Related link-
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Official website  

March 2016 Update
Watch the Oprah episode of Hey Monie! below.
See more Hey Monie! episodes HERE

September 2016 Update
The "Awkward Black Girl" is coming to HBO!

Reimagined as Insecure the half-hour comedy series starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, that looks at the friendship, experiences and tribulations of two black women.

Created and executive produced by Issa Rae, this eight-episode series is also executive produced by Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Beck, Jonathan Berry, and Larry Wilmore as a consultant.

WATCH IT October 9th at 10:30PM on HBO and see the trailer below.

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Taking an Internet Show to TV 


Anonymous said...

I remember "Hey, Monie!" that was a funny series too. Nice recall!

Dankwa Brooks said...

Well you know me. When it comes to Cool Black Media, I have total recall;-)