It might be too early to make such a bold statement, seeing as the first episode of the series is barely an hour old, but if you’ve invested in Emeke’s previous work I don’t think I’m being premature in my praise.
The five minute hilarious clip of Rachel trying to make Olivia understand that she did not get the Lauryn Hill concert tickets is one of the most relatable thing I’ve seen in any web content. Emeke’s simplistic style allows for you not to get distracted by the aesthetic and focus on the story. Now, that’s not to downplay how visually appealing her pieces are, it’s to say that the images she reflect have sustenance.
I’m very drawn to authentic art work—pieces that aren’t created for the specific purpose of filling a gap. Emeke is proving to have an ear for humanity and an individualistic approach to narratives that reaches her audience in their gut. I found myself actually lol-ing at Olivia’s reaction when she finally accepts that Rachel is not pulling another one of her mind games and seriously did not have the Lauryn Hill tickets. I’ve played so many games like that with my friends that watching this episode was like watching myself. Olivia and Rachel are you and your best-friend. If you’ve watched the short film (which, if you haven’t, here you go: http://www.ackeeandsaltfish.co.uk/) then you will find that Emeke has somehow spied on the exact conversations you’ve had with your friends about race/food/gentrification/Solange and reflected them in two characters who you’ll swear are just like you.
And that’s why I deem this web series as the one that I have been waiting for. Emeke is not trying to make content that qualifies to others why our narratives are valuable, dynamic, and beautiful. She’s speaking directly to us and I think that’s why she can so expertly reflect us—whether you’ve grown up in London, live in the States, in the Caribbean, or the Continent—Emeke is proving her capability to reflect, educate, and express the plurality of the Diaspora.
Props to you cecileemeke, I can’t wait for episode 2!
Oh, and for those who are worried that I gave away any spoilers to the first episode, I didn’t—you’ve got to watch the full episode to see how it ends: