Shomari Love, who plays the role of Bilal on Showtime’s “The Chi,” told Bold TV, “If something is going to be successful, if something is going to have that touch that it needs…a woman has to be involved.”
He said the show owes its success to its creator, Lena Waithe, who has been a vocal advocate of increasing representation for women of color in Hollywood (both behind and in front of the camera).
Love said women are “the most important” and that, “one of my heroes and role models is my mother.”
“Experiencing the arts and the theater programs that my university offered, I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of diversity in a lot of these programs, and I didn’t really see people like myself that were involved in the theater and those programs,” he said. “It was only until I realized that there were certain members of my fraternity, actually, who had made certain advancements in the entertainment industry, and in certain role models of mine, such as Sidney Poitier, who broke barriers that set a precedent and that made us aware that things like that are possible.”
Love said we have to continue to increase African-American presence in media. “There’s a lot of content out right now that is very inclusive, that represents a broad spectrum. There’s not one way to be African-American.”
“The Chi” is a show based on everyday life and culture in Chicago, Illinois. The city is infamous for its murder rate, however, those rates have gone down 30 percent this year. Love said that the stigma of gun violence has been shifting, and he said social media may be one of the reasons.
“We’re able to reach more people now and to address these things before they become too problematic. That’s the goal,” he told Bold TV.
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Zayna Allen is a graduate of Delaware State University. There, she got her bachelors degree in mass communications and began coproducing pop culture based shows on campus. She is now a freelance on-air and personality host, model, and public speaker, with dreams to become a news correspondent for an entertainment television network such as MTV, BET, VH1, etc as well as starting her own production company where she can give young women of color, positions in media. She currently works as a production assistant at Bold TV. She is also the production manager for media outlet, Social Push Club, is a correspondent for Black Girls in Media, and has her own morning show, Tea Time with Zayna The Brand, on All Jersey Radio online radio station. She is also a production assistant intern at Bold TV