The Creators Of Brown Girls Are Bringing Their Hit Web Series To HBO

Fatimah Asghar and Samantha Bailey have secured a development deal with the premium cable network

June 06, 2017
The Creators Of <i>Brown Girls</i> Are Bringing Their Hit Web Series To HBO Brown Girls web series lead actors Sonia Denis and Nabila Hossain.   Megan Lee Miller

After releasing the first season of their Brown Girls web series to widespread acclaim in February, Fatimah Asghar and Samantha Bailey have signed a development deal to bring a television show based on their series to HBO, Elle reports.

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"The web series world felt like a safe space where I could experiment and explore all the complexities of being a human. Black and brown people and queer folks don’t get that opportunity or rarely get that opportunity in TV," Bailey told Elle. "Representation is real and I think the more these shows get greenlit, the more creators get to show these different aspects of people. We’re so used to being pigeonholed and having these one-dimensional characters.

The Brown Girls web series stars Sonia Denis and Nabila Hossain as Leila, a South Asian Muslim writer exploring her queer identity, and Sonia Denis as Patricia, a black musician trying to navigate her job, art, and relationships.

“The young women remind me so much of the interracial friendships I have and how they really help shape the woman I am,” Bailey told The FADER in February. “It's rare for us to see women of color of different ethnicities sharing space together, especially in a loving way-without much conflict.”

Watch the first season of Brown Girls on Open TV.

The Creators Of Brown Girls Are Bringing Their Hit Web Series To HBO