“The United Colors of Amani” Takes on Race and the Entertainment Industry
3:40 pm, September 19th | by Colette McIntyre
A few weeks ago, we alerted you to “Ask a Slave,” Azie Mira Dungey’s brilliant web series based on her experiences as a black historical re-enactor at Mount Vernon. Because you all have as flawless tastes as we do, you ate Dungey’s droll and biting humor right on up. Today we bring you a new, hilarious find: Amani Starnes’ “The United Colors of Amani.”
Starnes, who actually played a runaway slave in Episode 4 of “Ask a Slave,” is a struggling actress stuck, in her words, “on the margins of Hollywood.” A multiracial performer, she is constantly confronted by the entertainment industry’s complex racial politics, glaring ignorance, and inane questions. Struck by the tragic hilarity of it all, Starnes decided to launch her own web series, one that would tackle the unique trials and tribulations facing an “ethnically ambiguous” actor in Hollywood. The result is an autobiographical satire that is simultaneously comical and sociological. Smart, honest, and wickedly funny, “The United Colors of Amani” should be your new favorite web series.
To see more episodes of “The United Colors of Amani,” click here.