Stories centering around black women are still fairly sparse in Hollywood. Despite the success of HBO’s Insecure and news that the network s adapting Brown Girls, another web series, for television, many studios are behind the curve. With the paradigms shifting in terms of how we digest creative content, various television studios are seemingly not inclined towards adapting online webseries into TV shows. It’s a not so wise business move on their part, considering many can serve as blueprints for new content, new voices and cater to marginalized communities starved to see more of themselves on screen. WingChick, a new webseries from writer, director and Blavity/Shadow & Act contributor Tonja Renee Stidhum, seeks to satisfy our craving for more Black Girl Magic!
Described as Brown Sugar meets Girlfriends, WingChick chronicles the life of Raven, a late twenty-something Black girl juggling her job as a professional dating site profile writer, while overcoming her struggles with professional dating herself. Cut from the same bougie cloth as A Different World’s Whitley Gilbert, Living Single’s Regine Hunter and Girlfriends’ Toni Childs, Raven has mastered the skill of being a wingwoman, bestfriend and confidant without solving her own dating struggles. To top it off, Raven’s relationship with her male friend, Michael, is bordering on sexual tension. Like any cool girl ensemble, the writer leans on her three best friends, Greer, Leo, and Tess for support and good vibes.
“Like any creator, WingChick is largely rooted in the shenanigans of my walking life,” said Stidhum. “Raven’s Wolfpack is inspired by my own sisterfriend circle of the same name, Michael is an amalgamation of male best friends I’ve had over the years.”
You can support WingChick in its post-production Indiegogo campaign here.