As mentioned repeatedly during the pilot for the show (which was a huge success), "This isn't every woman's story." It is not, but I see many women's story in the show whom I associate with--even myself. The show is entertaining, yet pretty informative as Akil pulls off with excellent writing and great topics. This particular show highlights the life of a successful, single and beautiful black woman: Mary Jane (MJ). MJ faces challenges with family members, her love life, career and friendships.
I absolutely love the casting and the story lines with each character. Being Mary Jane stars Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane and I seriously believe this part was made for her. Yes, I'm a Gabby fan. I have my times of fussing at MJ, yet I empathize with some of the complicated choices she's made even when I didn't agree. So many women have made similar choices and I love how she's handled many of them. I love all of the episodes, but one of my favorites is when she gets in bed beside her mother confessing her relationship to a married man. Her mother responds, "Cry about it tonight because you have to make it right in the morning." As a mother I'm certain she was disappointed, but also as a mother she responded with love and no judgment. I LOVED IT! With guests on the show like film director, Ava Duvernay, topics as immigration reform, single parenting, the Prison Industrial Complex and Michelle Alexander, music that features some of the best tracks that span over decades from Nina Simone to Emeli Sande, and so much more... it is an original and I am indeed a fan.
And, as many of the fans, we've asked, "Where is MJ?" I recently updated my status asking the same (received no response.) #LOL
Then, I ran across an interview Mara Akil did with The Jasmine Brand where she talked Season 2 and the challenges, particularly the writing. Well, this evening I logged on to Instagram and I was happy to see the following post from the star herself... so, it looks like Season 2 should be coming our way soon.