Free Agent Friends: A Collaboration with Black & Sexy TV
Are you familiar with the term “Free Agent Friends”?
It’s a term reserved for those who have decided to make the bumpy trek from lovers to friends and it’s the type of smart phrasing that can only be found in a series like “Hello Cupid.”
I have been a fan of this series since coming across it last year in the midst of a routine browsing of my Internet. The series, which is about two best friends Whitney and Robyn and their online dating shenanigans caught my eye because, well, admittedly, the actresses who play Whitney (Ashley Blaine Featherson) and Robyn (Hayley Marie Norman) are fine. But it didn’t take me long to get past the superficial and see a well-produced, sharp, fun web series that was just as good as anything on traditional television. Once they added in a male lead who goes by ProudDad aka Cassius (played by Brandon Scott), things got only more interesting and I was hooked. Before I knew it, I went through the whole first season, which didn’t take much time considering each episode was made-for-web, and no episode ran longer than 17 minutes.
Admittedly, this is a show I probably should have written about sooner, because if you’re a fan of this blog, chances are you might be a fan of “Hello Cupid.” But time sometimes has a way of revealing when it’s good for everyone, and that is exactly what happened when earlier this year, Black&Sexy TV, the production company behind “Hello Cupid” asked me to be a part of the series as a story contributor.
Now I can spend a couple more paragraphs giving all sorts of props to the incredible lineup of programming the B&STV team have going on and why you should be watching every series they have, not just Hello Cupid. I can talk about how one of their web series, The Couple, is in development at HBO and is being executive produced by Spike Lee. But I will spare you all, and instead give you a link to this most recent story about them via The Washington Post that provides a great overview as to why they’re important:
Obviously they’re making a name for themselves in Hollywood, which is why I jumped at an opportunity to work with B&S TV on the second season of “Hello Cupid”. Here I was, already a fan, now I get to be a part of it? Few decisions have been easier to make.
I don’t want to explain the ins and outs of my premier episode as a story contributor, because if you’re a fan, you already know what’s going on between ProudDad, Robyn and Whitney. If you’re not a fan, you probably will become one if you give the show a chance. I know it may seem hard to imagine what I can offer to a series based on two women who get themselves in a messy situation after playing their own version of catfish, but as the series goes on, and you meet Cassius, you’ll see why this series isn’t just for women or men, but for anyone who has ever tried logging on for the chance to meet someone new or for anyone who knows exactly what it means to be a free agent friend.
I am very proud to have contributed to this series and have had the opportunity to work with Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch on developing this story. They deserve a special thank you for believing that I had enough vision to help move this series forward.
Now, onto the show. Below you can watch the episode in which I contributed the story along with Dennis, but again, I encourage those of you who haven’t seen the first season of “Hello Cupid” to take the time and catch up. It is a great series that is well worth your time.
Watch: “Birthday Party” the second episode of season two, written by Numa Perrier, and story by Dennis Dortch and Jozen Cummings