I'm Glad I Got My Girls! - Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of LIVING SINGLE
HOW DID I NOT HAVE THIS DATE ON MY CALENDAR?
I woke up bright and early this morning in a rush to pack for a girls' weekend in Atlanta ( YES. I literally do this every time. I work best under pressure. What can I say.) BUT before I could even get to the packing, I lay in bed and went into my usual cadence of meditation and outfit planning mixed with social media scrolling.
I stumbled upon the fact that today marks the 25th anniversary of one of my favorite 90s sitcoms, LIVING SINGLE.
I immediately became nostalgic recalling growing up watching the show with my older siblings. I was enamored and tickled by the dynamic characters and their amazing life in Brooklyn ( of which I ironically happen to reside in today). Each character was a lead in their very own way and encapsulated many of the people I knew in my life and would go on to befriend in adulthood.
For my GenZ-ers who may not know what Living Single is or those of you who may need a refresher, Angelica Jade Bastien perfectly described it and the unforgettable characters in Vulture .
"... Running for five seasons beginning in 1993, Living Single centered on the professional and romantic lives of a group of friends living in Brooklyn: a hilarious, highly ambitious editor and magazine publisher Khadijah James (Queen Latifah, further cementing her ability to move through mediums with panache); Khadijah’s airheaded, sweet-natured cousin, Synclaire James (Kim Coles); the sharp-tongued, pugnacious attorney Maxine “Max” Shaw (Erika Alexander); the stylish, wig- and gossip-loving Regine Hunter (Kim Fields); the down-to-earth handyman Overton “Obie” Wakefield Jones (John Henton); and the exceedingly confident, finely dressed stockbroker Kyle Barker (T.C. Carson)."
Such realistic characters and not tropes! (This was in the 90s, yall! )
And, if you were immediately reminded of Friends, Sex and the City, or GIRLS, it's because they all attempted to replicate the gumbo and perfection of Living Single less the diversity and realistic New York experience. ( YES, that's shade. )
LIVING SINGLE WAS MONUMENTAL!
Living Single was monumental and impactful. It was a sitcom written by a black woman, Yvette Lee Bowser , who desired to create a world filled with well-rounded black characters that were distinctive and most importanly, relatable to those who existed off screen. It showcased young professionals living, loving, and laughing through the modern black lens. And with it's success, it cemented the fact that such authentic black stories and characters could resonate with audiences and that networks should take note.
So as we see the resurgence of black creators and narratives who are persistent in coloring the screen with our diverse and genuine lived experiences, we must honor the trailblaizers that came before.
So THANK YOU Yvette Lee Bowser for creating such an epic and timeless sitcom! I'm sure this weekend my girls and I will toast to you and the wonderful cast of Living Single. We will share stories of our favorite episodes, moments, and the characters that continue to be etched in our hearts.
Happy 25th Anniversary LIVING SINGLE!
In a (modern) kind of world, I'm glad I got my girls!