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Check Out the Pilot Presentation for the Lena Waithe/Anthony Hemingway Project ‘Bros Before Hos'

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by Masha Dowell
July 16, 2014 12:25 PM
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Bros before Hos

In March, I introduced you all to a new project created by Benjamin Cory Jones (ABC Family’s "Chasing Life"), entitled, “Bros Before Hos”. The pilot presentation tells the story of 3 brothers of color - 2 straight and 1 gay, and their wickedly crazy life and romance issues. 

The teaser trailer went online a few weeks ago and garnered a lot of attention. Now the full pilot presentation is available to view today!

What caught my attention most about the project was that it captures the quirky, nuanced side of black men that we don’t see too often in media. The kick-ass producing team includes Jones, Lena Waithe ("Dear White People"), and Mark Taylor.  It’s Executive produced and directed by Anthony Hemingway ("Red Tails").

Ben had the following to say in March about the project: "Bros Before Hos isn’t a black story or a gay story – it’s a family story about three brothers, who happen to be black, and one who happens to be gay. I do have a particular interest in stories about the black male experience because I want to tell stories that reflect how I walk through the world. There seem to be more stories that deal with the interior lives of black women, but it’s hard to find stories that deal with the interior lives of black men. We’re either thugs or athletes, but there’s so much more to who we are that falls in between that spectrum. It’s ironic that in 2014, and even with a black president, one of the hardest things to be in this country right now is a young black man. So, yes, I am voracious about presenting images of black men that reflect our everyday humanity. Plus, I went to Morehouse, and I don’t want them to take back my degree if I’m not moving the needle forward."

To watch the full pilot presentation, go to www.brosbeforehostv.squarespace.com.

I was able to catch it and I have to be honest, I watched it a few times. I get excited when I see everyday people of color performing to well written dialogue. I cringed a bit when I saw the title of the project. However, I came to realize that the term ‘ho’ stands for any love interest that may or may not be a loser. Regardless, this project is beautifully shot and is just laugh-out-loud funny.

The goal of the producers is to get this show on television, so if you dig it, you should share it, like it and comment.

Check out the trailer below:

To view the official pilot presentation, go to www.brosbeforehostv.squarespace.com.

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12 Comments

  • Never | August 6, 2014 11:53 PMReply

    I watched and "Hos" seems to be a catch all for all woman of all colors. No thank you. Not at all interested in the lives of these Bros. Regardless of the production value, I don't find the marginalization of women humorous .

  • Miles Ellison | July 20, 2014 6:03 PMReply

    The term "captures the quirky, nuanced side of black men" is the kiss of death for any hope of finding a significant audience.

  • Mike | July 20, 2014 1:18 PMReply

    I loved the presentation so much that I went to the Facebook page of "Bros Before Hos" and liked it and invited all my friends to do the same! I can see that the title does make some people angry, but it is not intended to degrade Black women. The title is intended to say that these three black men will put their friendship first. I do hope this show comes to Broadcast Television ABC, NBC, CBS, or FOX!

  • metv | July 18, 2014 6:28 PMReply

    What a stupid title. I wouldn't watch this show if they PAID me.

  • Roddric | July 17, 2014 1:45 AMReply

    I thought the pilot presentation was excellent. As a young black male, it was refreshing to see a different aspect of today's black man experience. Television is in need to see a well-rounded black male, and I believe this show is the perfect venue for that. I really hope the networks of HBO, Showtime, or Starz take notice.

  • troublemaker | July 16, 2014 11:02 PMReply

    I don't even want to see that pilot with that title. If the writer doesn't want his degree from Morehouse to be taken away, then he should have invested some time in creating a catchy title without it being offensive to women. Sorry will not watch pilot until title is change.

  • Miss Celie | July 16, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    This title is another unfortunate example of an effort to empower the black male experience somehow (even indirectly) at the expense of black women --- who I presume are 2/3 of the "hos" referred to in the title. Imagine if this were around 3 young-ish white singles and the title was "Dudes Before N****s." Not so funny then. The writer of this article may have rationalized the use of "ho" but I think it's pretty clear that most people don't think of men when they hear the word "ho," even if it's a gay man talking. Just like the term "slut," the most common word association is with women/girls. And coming from men of color, the association will def. be women of color. Nice way to throw us under the bus.

    So sorry fellas, but as a black woman, I'm not gonna be able to rally around your project as currently titled ---- any more than I could rally around a white-produced project called "My Big Fat N***a Wedding" --- even if the white producers were able to give an explanation of how in the common vernacular, n***a is not really offensive anymore.

  • RANDOM COMMENTARY | July 16, 2014 7:47 PM

    I agree as a black male. There is no way this show under that title should be broadcast except under a youtube account.

    Now that I'm really thinking about it, I think this is a publicity stunt to advertise the show under a controversial title then switch it to a more mainstream title.

    Truth be told the overall production looks very professional.

  • Mandla | July 16, 2014 4:48 PMReply

    It's a bit sharper than the average bear. But, that name. I wish they'd come up with a different title. Per the creator the intent is admirable and a most refreshing and needed perspective. We, brothas, don't get to see us together like this often, but to do it at the expense of sistas lowers its sharp quotient. Also, it buttresses the case for the self imposed divide.

  • iforgotitall | July 16, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    Apparently, BW love bad, predictable rom-coms just as much as other chicks. At least the characters are somewhat normal and not wildly dysfunctional.

  • TV Pro | July 16, 2014 1:32 PMReply

    Well produced, witty dialogue and appealing leads... I'm ready!

  • No | July 16, 2014 12:57 PMReply

    Just stupid and lame enough to be mainstream successful.

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