There’s nothing like having a set of really great girlfriends in your life. Friends tell it like it is, and they lift you up when you’re down. Harlem is a show about that kind of friendship. As we have told you before, the series written, and Created by Tracy Oliver is about four black women who are great friends living in Harlem. The series is heartfelt and such a good representation of what it means to be a black woman.
We really enjoyed talking to Meagan and Jerrie. It was nice that they both recognized that had it not been for the black women who starred in shows like Living Single and Girlfriends, there would be no Harlem. Like Harlem, those were two shows that elevated black women and showcased friendships in a real and relatable way. That led us into our question as to why black women have to constantly work so hard for validation. One of our favorite lines from Meagan’s character Camille is “It’s a sad day when all a man has to do is exist.”
Meagan’s perspective on this was enlightening. “Spiritually I think it is because we are so powerful, because we are the most exotic women on the planet and for some reason, we’re taught to think that we’re at the bottom of the totem pole or we’re less beautiful. For me, I’m not sure why we have to fight so hard. I think it is because of our powerfulness. But I like to focus on the positive which is everything I get I had to work 10 times harder. I could be mad at that, or I could be much more proud that it wasn’t given to me. That I had to go through what I went through so I can appreciate it more and I can feel the true victory of knowing how hard that thing was.” I never really thought about things this way and I think I’ll be looking at my own life a little differently now.