Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Chi!

Showtime premieres The Chi.

Premiering tonight, Showtime takes you to The Chi.

The series was created by Lena Waithe, a native Chicagoan. The actress, singer and screenwriter teamed up with fellow Chi to create this series.

The Showtime series, centers on an aspiring chef dealing with the loss of his brother, a young hustler trying to navigate the difficulties of fatherhood and a young boy, whose innocence has already slipped thanks to seeing way too much violence.

Waithe, Elwood Reid, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Famuviwa, Oscar award winning singer and rapper Common are the executive producers of the series.

The series is entirely written, directed and produced by African Americans.

That's a rare feat in Black entertainment.

The series stars Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbett, Yolanda Ross, Tiffany Boone and Armando Riesco.

Filming was done in Chicago. It focused on many of the neighborhoods that are dealing with distress.
Lena Waithe and Common executive produced The Chi.

The show will likely take shots at Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan, Kanye West, Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and Donald J. Trump in some fashion.

Each of these individuals has ties to the Chi.

Waithe said that she will not make any cameos on the series. Common signals he will make an appearance,

Starting off 2018 with 10 fatal shootings within the first two weeks. The city of Chicago has seen a drop of 14% in fatal shootings. Regardless, one is too many.

The Chi will premiere on Showtime at 10pm.

You can watch the first episode on YouTube for free. The series offers a preview for the time being.

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