‘Run the World’s Yvette Lee Bowser: ‘Black Women Have Overperformed in Comedy’

by Yah Yah
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HARLEM, New York — Actress Yvette Lee Bowser, one of the stars of “Run the World,” has opened up about what it means to be a Black woman in comedy.

“It’s about time. That is the real main thing that I can say about Black-led female comedies,” says the actress who plays Barb Ballard on the show.

“We have overperformed in comedy in terms of success and we have been underrepresented in the types of stories and series that were being made. That is down to misogyny, racism and foolishness…the bottom line shows that we were always translating well and making history,” she tells Shadow and Act.

There have also been rumors circulating that “Living Single,” could be returning to our screens in a reboot.

She says she’s in favor of switching things up a little with the original cast.

“I’ve always been a person who said that if you’ve done something and…you feel like you’ve done it well, why do it over again?” she said.

“It would be great to have a reunion with these actors and these people I love, and do something interesting and modern and iterate on that. I’m a person who says why don’t we do a mash-up? You take the cast, you shake ’em up and see what else they can do together and surprise people.”

The STARZ series, “Run The World,” focuses on a group of Black women who work, live, and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. But as they strive together, they also thrive together.

A great, feel-good show to add to your list.

In an interview with W Magazine, the show’s creator, Leigh Davenport, revealed the show was a long time in the making.

“I had never written for the screen before,” she says, “But I walked home one night after having wine with friends and I wrote what could be considered a script. The seed was planted and over the next 10 years, I re-wrote that same script, it went through multiple name changes, and I filmed two concept videos.”

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