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Being Mary Jane | Crazy. Sexy. Cool.


Successful. Sexy. Searching. | These are the words that define Being Mary Jane, a new dramatic television series that will soon be airing weekly on BET. Last night, the movie debuted on the cable network and I didn’t move an inch while it was on. Actress Gabrielle Union portrays the main character in the movie and she is FABULOUS!

From the beginning, Mary Jane reminded a million women of a former flame and a relationship that was never going to last. The movie opens up with her sleeping with him and praying to GOD to give her a sign if he was the one. Mary Jane’s boyfriend professes his love for her after throwing up on her sheets, and then she finds his wedding ring on her living floor. It was a scene to remember and one that you might want to forget if you’ve ever been in a situation of this caliber.

The movie was humanistic on so many levels. Mary Jane’s family is dysfunctional to say the least and she tries to solve everyone’s problems and her own without much success. While trying to satisfy her family in more ways than one, Mary Jane realizes that she has to let them be or go insane.

Being Mary Jane left me wondering about a lot in my life and future. Does success mean everything? When will the time come for me to get in a REAL relationship? Will I ever be in a REAL relationship? Will I ever have a good relationship with my immediate family? I woke up this morning thinking about the movie and ready to exercise. I met up with an associate and we power walked and talked about Being Mary Jane for over thirty minutes.

Mara Akil Brock is the producer of the movie and series that will debut in January 2014. “She’s human. That’s what I wanted to show, (that) this woman is a person that we all can relate to,” says Mara Brock Akil, the creator of Being Mary Jane”

One thing that attracted me to Mary Jane was her age (late-thirties), she’s a successful news anchor, and fashionable as hell. Yes, she does have flaws which is a plus in my opinion — this means that the writers of the  show thought out each character. It felt really good to see a Black woman on TV representing women of African descent in a way that we all can relate to. This will be the first time in modern history that we get to view a woman with an all Black cast with a storyline that makes sense.

There are not too many shows that highlight African American women in a positive limelight and in this case it’s refreshing to see that the producer got it straight from the get go.I can’t wait for the full-fledge series of Being Mary Jane!!!

View Trailer: Being Mary Jane 

Mary Jane Paul has it all: she’s a successful TV news anchor, entirely self-sufficient – an all-around powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. As Mary Jane juggles her life, her work and her commitment to her family, we find out how far she’s willing to go to find the puzzle pieces that she, and society, insist are missing from her life as a single Black female.

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6 thoughts on “Being Mary Jane | Crazy. Sexy. Cool.

  1. Yes, myself 22 and my mom 44 watched this together, my mom ( a filmmaker) thought it was border line over dramatized but overall casting, content, cinematography and positive effect on black women…Wonderfully done…We are looking forward to seeing more…

    Posted by slimparis | July 4, 2013, 10:11 am
  2. I perceived the show to be a well put together; the writer did an excellent job. I was drawn in from the beginning until the end and never moved from my seat while watching it. Very realistic and entertaining. I even laughed at myself a couple of times for pulling some of this “foolish stuff” off….such as the bathroom scene- wiping down. Ha! Oh, wow! The things women do all in the game of love.

    Posted by Vonnie | July 6, 2013, 1:07 pm
  3. I missed the debut, but love your recap! I’m hoping to catch it at some point. I’ve heard that the writing for the movie is on point, so that’s definitely a plus. “Scandal” doesn’t have to be the sole representation of powerful, sophisticated Black women. “Human” is quite sexy.

    Posted by SW-Chitown | July 6, 2013, 1:18 pm

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