It’s been 18 years since Kim Coles landed her notable role as “Synclaire” on the popular sitcom “Living Single,” and the actress feels it’s time for a dramatic change in what we watch on TV. Since the show went off the air in 1998, Coles says there has been a clear lack of quality, Black sitcoms.
“It’s kind of a tragedy,” Coles told The Huffington Post. “Our voice is really not fully being heard. The characters [on “Living Single”] were very, very positive. There’s just not a lot of that on the air, and it’s disheartening that the audience doesn’t have characters that they can relate to.”
Coles also feels that the surge in popularity for reality TV shows is part of the reason why fewer uplifting sitcoms are being created.
“How many times can I watch a bunch of women fighting each other? I can’t wait for people to figure out that’s not real entertainment,” said Coles. “It’s very interesting to me what we’re accepting as our role models and as a way to behave out in the world. It’s kind of sad.”
To combat these negative images, Coles is set to star in the latest installment of TV One’s popular series “Life After,” which seeks to “make people look and feel good.”
“Once I talked to the producers and saw what it was really all about, I was in 100 percent,” said Coles. The show is set to air on TV One on November 23rd.
Do you agree that there is a lack of positive Black TV nowadays?