FOX’s new series looks at the black elite.
Our kind of people, Created by Executive Lee DanielsIs inspired by Lawrence Otis GrahamIts book Us A kind of man: Inside America’s Black Upper Class. The story follows single mother Angela Vaughan, who starred Ya docosta, Who travels to Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard for the summer with her teenage daughter to follow in the footsteps of her late mother’s entrepreneurial footsteps and influence her natural hair care line.
Of course, being an outsider, Angela reveals the secrets of her connection to her mother and the upper-class Franklin and Dupont family যারা who have controlled the community for generations.
The series premiered on Tuesday, September 21, and so did the stars Maurice Chestnut, Nadine Ellis, Lance Gross, And Ryan Nicole Brown. Prior to the premiere of the show, Decosta spoke to BET.com about why Angela had the right time to set foot in the “crown” and its importance. Our kind of peopleIts story.
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BET.com: Congratulations to our kind people! How excited you are to step into this new chapter after saying goodbye Chicago Med?
Ya docosta: I just feel full of gratitude. Full respect for time and ruthlessness. Leading the show is not an easy task. It’s my first time doing a series on television, and I’m really grateful and happy. I don’t have too much time these days to feel what’s happening because we’re so busy filming and working so long. It can get in the way of attendance. I’m trying my best to get wet and enjoy the ride right now.
BET.com: Would you say that the epidemic has changed, or were you ready to move on?
Docosta: The change seemed like a good timing. The way things happened was quite organic. Nothing was stressed, and you were swept away by the current. At the same time many other opportunities are coming up as far as the theme in the show is concerned, they are important to me as a culture and personally as an artist.
BET.com: Can You Break Angela Von in Your Own Language?
Docosta: Angela Von is a go-getter; He is driven, enthusiastic, funny, funny, strong and very gentle and inquisitive. He is looking for answers and a clear view of his past. She knows where she wants to go, and she doesn’t know exactly how to accept acceptance and seek love. He is apologizing to his daughter as he did not like. There are many themes that will be addressed in this show, and Angela is a catalyst for many of them, but all in all she is really a sensitive woman who has huge dreams and lots of determination.
BET.com: Like Angela, you always sway your natural hair. Have you felt a deep connection with your “crown” because of the love and pride you share with it?
Docosta: One of the main things in my character is hair. It’s something I’ve always been passionate about. I only had natural hair, so my relationship with hair from a very young age is intuitive and playful. I like to take risks. Luckily the stylist who does my hair on the show also likes to take risks, so Angela can use her crown as a billboard as she walks through the bluffs and promotes herself.
BET.com: How important is it to the world to embrace natural hair on primetime television?
Docosta: To me, it reflects what happens in real life. Yes, in the s0s, a lot of people were swaying in their afros, but after it stopped, it was long ago that people could do again what was celebrated, accepted and not judged. We are in a year where the Crown Act is a big discussion, where it would not be right to punish him for the way your hair suddenly falls out of your head. We are at a time where culture is changing, and some of it is really powerful to be reflected on the screen, but in a very light or fun way.
BET.com: How important is it for you to see the full screen of elite black characters in high society, not just a black character like Angela?
Docosta: It is important to tell all different stories. The parameters that allow us to express ourselves as black artists must have monopolized the narrative. There are many different ways to be black. So it’s very important to celebrate things that highlight the diversity of our experiences. The same stories are old to retell. It is also very inspiring to see people who lead normal lives and wealthy lives and are not athletes or entertainers but other kinds of professionals (doctors, lawyers or teachers). They are people who have amassed wealth and then maintained it for generations. It is important to see ourselves. It’s just a suggestion of another possibility, especially for a young person, to see that possibility in their own lives.
BET.com: How exciting was it to see the reaction and expectations of the fans for the premiere?
Docosta: I’m here for Vibration! As an actor, we show, we say our lines, and we believe that our motives were realized and show them after the final product arrives. It was really fun to read some comments when they arrived It’s amazing it was just buzzing, feeling the excitement, and getting messages from old friends who were passing by the billboards who were excited. I’m excited to see the actual reaction when people are watching the episode.
BET.com: What do you expect viewers to take from Angela and the series as a whole?
Docosta: I think the audience will get involved in this story very quickly with these characters. I hope they find themes that are said to be relevant because each of us has different versions of these themes, be it family drama, family privacy, trying to be adopted by a new community, even parents. When it comes to Angela, I hope they see humanity, and they see her drive. I hope they see themselves or someone they know and root for him, his key to making his business successful and getting what he wants in life. Even if they don’t love him, I hope they like to hate him because it shows that they are really tuning.
Editor’s note: This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.