6 Brilliant Web Series Featuring Queer Black Women

by Kesiena Boom

At the beginning of October, we published a list of 14 Incredible Web Series Created By and Featuring Black Women. Whilst all these shows are all brilliant and worthy of exposure, it was noted by our readers that none of them centered the experiences of Black lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. As For Harriet is about celebrating the fullness of Black womanhood, we took this critique to heart. Here are six amazing web series that created by and featuring queer Black women's stories.

The Peculiar Kind

'The Peculiar Kind' is a groundbreaking series that "… candidly explores the lives and experiences of queer women of color with eye-opening and unscripted conversations." Every woman in this series is smart as hell and flawlessly beautiful. Episode 5.5 of season one even features an appearance from Odd Future’s Syd Tha Kyd, one of the most prominent Black lesbians in music today. With two seasons, plus special "extra" episodes and a documentary, there's plenty to get into and hooked on!

Watch the first episode here:

Words With Girls

'Words With Girls' is the brainchild of Brittani Nichols, an L.A. based comedian and writer. Each episode stars Nichols herself in an array of amusing situations loosely based around a different word. My favourite episode, 'Token,' has the tagline "Hannah tries to calm Brittani once she realizes she's not the only black person at the party," and features the classic line, "These are MY white people." If you’re looking for something to give you belly laughs, this is the show for you.

Watch the first episode here:

Between Women

This critically acclaimed Atlanta based show is centered around six friends and their hectic, explosive love lives. This series spans two seasons and is notable for its nuanced, three dimensional portrayals of its characters. Written by Michelle A. Daniel, this show stands out from the crowd of often mediocre lesbian web series, evidenced by an IMDb score of 8.6/10. It is also worth mentioning that 'Between Women' is not just an entertaining show, but has served as an important vehicle for commentary on difficult issues including domestic abuse, which is often overlooked in the lesbian community.

Watch the first episode here: 

Girl Play

'Girl Play' was created by the woman behind thefabfemme.com, Aryka Randall. The series is set in New Orleans and follows four femme queer women—Olivia, Marty, April and Tiffany—through their journeys to find romance, careers, and their true selves. In Episode 3, Olivia and another woman discover that they have an ex-girlfriend in common—something that I’m sure queer women everywhere can relate to! This is a lighthearted show which tries to remedy the invisibility of femme women in the LGBTQ community.

Watch first episode here:

Entangled With You

After Alysha’s boyfriend confesses to her that he’s given her an STD, which he contracted from another woman, she throws him out (in one of the funniest break up scenes I’ve seen in a while). Thus, Julia, a fresh faced young lesbian, who moves in and becomes her new roommate. The series follows Alysha and Julia’s burgeoning friendship and Julia’s vaguely unsuccessful attempts to pacify her suspicious on/off girlfriend, Rocky. This web series is well-shot, hilariously acted, and is most definitely a must-see.

Watch the first episode here:

Let’s Talk Lesbian

In this series, lesbians on the "full color scale of the rainbow" discuss issues such as "Lesbians in Church," "Bisexuality," and "Domestic Violence," spliced with footage of their everyday lives. Props to this web series for prominently featuring dark-skinned women and studs (masculine of centre Black women): two factions of the population that we hardly ever get to hear from. The show's opening music is also a hella catchy ode to lesbianism. This is definitely one to watch, whether you're a femme, a stud, or anywhere in-between.

Watch the first episode here: 

Kesiena Boom is a Black lesbian feminist and writer who adores Audre Lorde, sisterhood and the sociology of sexuality. She is twenty years old and also writes for Autostraddle.com.

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