Black Actress creator Andrea Lewis

While checking out my Facebook page today I saw this article at NBCBLK about actress Andrea Lewis.


Andrea starred in the teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation for five seasons. She is now the creator, writer, producer and star of her new web series Black Actress. Black Actress is about the struggles of a black actress in Brooklyn, New York. Actresses Essence Atkins and Tatyana Ali are executive producers. The series which is now in its second season can be seen on YouTube.

The Toronto born actress decided to create her own series after being discouraged by the lack of acting jobs.

Frustrated by the dearth of options for her and her fellow thespian sistren, Andrea Lewis decided to take matters into her own hands and create her own destiny—online—with the hilariously brilliant web series aptly titled ‘Black Actress.’ Season Two of the series will be honored at the American Black Film Festival on June 11-14.

“When I first started ‘Black Actress,’ we weren’t on TV like we are now,” Lewis told NBCBLK. “Like, I think it was just the beginning of hearing about ‘Scandal’ coming out and I was excited. I was like ‘Wow, this is amazing. Finally people are starting to put us in the forefront.'”

According to NBCBLK:

Each episode of ‘Black Actress’ features candid confessionals by notable actresses such as Amber Riley (‘Glee’), Garcell Beauvais (‘The Mentalist’), Jenifer Lewis (‘Black-ish) and Naturi Naughton (‘Power’), among others, sharing their real life experiences of traversing through the acting profession.

I’ve been enjoying the series so far. I’ve seen Season 1, episodes 1-3. Episode 4 is next. If you’re interested in supporting Andrea check out Black Actress on her YouTube Channel.  She also has a website you can check out too.

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