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.
"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.