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A Look Back at Half & Half

Last weekend, Twitter was ablaze with talk of the 30th anniversary of the premier of the iconic A Different World.  Fans watched and live-tweeted their favorite episodes while reminising about the impact the show had on a generation of TV viewers. The show produced many stars including Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, and Jade Pinkett-Smith.  Another A Different World alum is writer and producer Yvette Lee Bowser.  After A Different World, Bower went on to executive produce another classic black sitcom that also recently celebrated a milestone anniversary.

Half & Half

On September 23, 2002, Half & Half premiered on the now defunct UPN.  The series focuses on a pair of half-sisters who are attempting to build a relationship while living in the apartment building owned by their father. The series stars the ageless Rachel True as Mona, the older, more level-headed sister and  Essence Atkins as Dee Dee, the younger, more sheltered spoiled sister. The cast also includes the mothers, portrayed by television legends Telma Hopkins and Valerie Pettiford as Phyllis and Big Dee Dee and Obba Babtunde as Charles Thorne, Mona and Dee Dee’s father.  Chico Benymon and Alec Mapa round out the cast as Spencer, Mona’s best friend/coworker and Adam, her assistant.

Half & Half

Half & Half was my everything.  My 22-year-old self LOVED the dynamic between the sisters. And as a twenty-something, recent college graduate, I found myself drawn to the show.  I tuned in to experience the sisters’ journey of discovery as they tried to navigate their careers and dating while balancing family/daughter/sister duties. I could relate. My Monday nights were all about Girlfriends and Half & Half.  But whereas Girlfriends was where I wanted to be, Half & Half was my reality.

Half & Half

While I loved all of the characters on the show, Mona Thorne was my favorite.  She was an OG Awkward Black Girl.  Her eclectic taste in music, her boho fashion sense, and her hilarious relationship with her mother reflected my life at the time (sidenote: I am still convinced that Phyllis  Thorne is based on #MyMomBarb). Mona helped me embrace my quirky and awkward self. Mona was also a natural hair, curly girl icon for me.  Her curls were ALWAYS popping!  I didn’t realize it at the time, but seeing Mona’s natural hair helped me embraced my own. She represented a different kind of black girl magic. The kind my younger self desperately needed to see.

At it’s peak, Half & Half was the fourth highest rated on UPN.  However, when UPN transitioned to The CW, the show was axed before the start of the 2006 season.  The untimely demise of Half & Half left a hole in my Monday nights and my soul. For over a decade I have wondered “Who did Mona choose..Chase or Lorenzo?” But alas, that question will remain one of televisions great unanswered questions.

You can catch reruns of Half & Half on BounceTV.  Fifteen years after it’s birth, it remains one of my faves.

The Perfect Film

Hello all! Its been a minute since I’ve posted, but I am back to the grind of school and work. Anywho, Check out these pics from ‘The Perfect Holiday’ (formally ‘The Perfect Christmas’). The film is produced by and stars reel sista Queen Latifah.

The film also stars my favorite reel sista Gabrielle Union, who was last seen in Tyler Perry’s ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ and the ever-so-sexy Morris Chesnutt. This marks the latest Gabrielle/Morris collaboration. The two have also co-starred in ‘The Brothers,’ ‘Two Can Play That Game,’ and ‘Breakin All the Rules.’

Two of my favorite former TV sistas Jill Marie Jones (formerly of ‘Girlfriends…i still miss Toni Childs) and Rachel True (from Half & Half) play Gabrielle’s friends in the movie.

Here’s the synopsis from blackfilm.com :

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY is a heart-warming holiday story of Nancy (played by Gabrielle Union – “Daddy’s Little Girl” & “Bring it On”), a loving single mother of three who falls for Benjamin (Morris Chestnut – “Best Man”, “Like Mike” & “Breakin’ All the Rules”), a talented but struggling songwriter who is working part-time as a mall Santa. Conflicts arise when her oldest son, 10 year old John-John, convinces his younger brother and sister to join him in mischievous plots and schemes against their mother’s new boyfriend in the hopes that she will reunite with his hero – their rap-mogul father J-Jizzy (Charlie Murphy). Being narrated by Queen Latifah in a magical role of “Mother Christmas” opposite Terrence Howard, who plays a hard-to-dislike Scrooge-ish character named “Bah-Humbug”, THE PERFECT HOLIDAYsuccessfully brings together all the elements that will make this a Holiday Classic

I for one can not WAIT for this movie to come out. ‘THe Perfect Holiday’ is set to hit theatres on December 14, 2007.

Until next time, keep shining!