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The Other Black Girl Hulu Series

'The Other Black Girl' delves into the complexities of workplace diversity

By Marielle SabbagPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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I swear my coworker is after my job.

Based on the novel written by Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl is a 2023 Hulu series. Nella Rogers, an African-American, is hired as an editorial assistant in a white NYC publishing firm. Her ideas are ignored - until a black co-worker is hired, changing the dynamic.

The Other Black Girl delves into the complexities of workplace diversity, identity, and the challenges black women face in white corporate environments. The series paints a complex portrait of ambition and survival in a corporate landscape where authenticity is often sacrificed for assimilation. I thought this series would be a ghost story and was disappointed it wasn’t.

The acting in The Other Black Girl is a standout feature, with a talented ensemble cast bringing depth and nuance to their characters. The chemistry between the cast members contributes to the overall success of the series, immersing viewers in the intricacies of office relationships.

Nella Rogers is an ambitious editorial assistant who fights to make her voice heard. Sinclair Daniel is fierce in the role. She doesn’t stop promoting her ideas and opinions. However, she becomes overly paranoid. Her character deserved better direction.

Supporting cast members deliver commendable performances, including Hazel-May McCall (Ashleigh Murray) and Malaika (Brittany Adebumola). Malaika is a difficult person to get along with and doesn’t trust so easily. I found her character to be extreme and there should have been more direction around her character.

I have never read the book this series is based on, but I found the series choppy in its direction of story. With how Hazel’s (Ashleigh Murray) story unfolds, it was more interesting than Nella’s and the premise.

At its core, The Other Black Girl is a character-driven drama that examines the pressures faced by Black women striving to succeed in white-dominated industries. Most characters are richly developed, each grappling with their desires, insecurities, and moral dilemmas.

One of the strengths of The Other Black Girl is its ability to tackle serious issues surrounding workplace dynamics. I was engaged in this plotline. No matter what kind of boss you have, always make sure they give you the respect they deserve. Vera (Bellamy Young) chooses to run the business in her own eye to societal dynamics.

The twist doesn’t make sense. I thought it was leaning towards a supernatural storyline. Nella keeps seeing visions of a significant woman. In my opinion, it would have been a better idea if this important figure from the past reached out to Nella from beyond the grave.

I should read the book the series is based on, so what if writers changed the ending? The author should have taken a different route on what was causing all the mystery and suspense. The twists don’t make sense to the storyline.

What was Zakiya Dalila Harris thinking in the story approach? The series kept my mind running with several theories. with a keen focus on maintaining tension and suspense throughout the series, Harris effectively captures the isolating atmosphere of corporate offices, using cinematography and pacing to create a sense of unease.

That being said, the best word to describe the series is ‘complex.’ I have to read the book to see if its premise is fleshed out. The Other Black Girl is a compelling Hulu series with a nuanced exploration of workplace dynamics and identity. It’s a relevant story.

Others will have different opinions compared to mine. I think the show is best as a standalone and doesn’t need a second season. Check out The Other Black Girl series on Hulu.

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About the Creator

Marielle Sabbag

Writing has been my passion since I was 11 years old. I love creating stories from fiction, poetry, fanfiction. I enjoy writing movie reviews. I would love to become a creative writing teacher and leave the world inspiring minds.

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