There's a lot of talk around the web about Lena Dunham's new HBO joint Girls and its lack of diversity. Part of the problem is that those of us who fit into that amorphous space of "black alternative" or "Afrobohemia" or whatever we are called today, so rarely see ourselves represented creatively. It's worth noting the title to Kendra James' piece for Racalious--"Dear Lena Dunham: I Exist." Or consider this from Jezebel:
I am a black woman, but I find more in common with characters in Seinfeld than I do with the ones in House of Payne. My world is neither all black nor all white, but a mix -- whether it be race, gender, socio-economics, weight or age.
There's a world in which Girls' whiteness wouldn't be so alienating: a media landscape in which we had a healthy mix of shows and movies created and run by men and women, people of color as well as white folks, and dedicated to the deep exploration of experiences that range from tight, insular groups of friends to the mechanics of bureaucracy.