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Things That Gave Us Life: The "Hungry Women" Edition

Gina Prince-Bythewood Lena Waithe

Things That Gave Us Life: The "Hungry Women" Edition

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When it comes to making moves in your chosen industry, the importance of a mentor can't be overstated. Part coach, part career counselor, part friend, these people can light the path to self-discovery and job satisfaction. 

That's why we love this video of Issa Rae, creator of the hit web series Awkward Black Girl, sitting down with Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director of Love & Basketball and the hotly anticipated Beyond the Lights) and Lena Waithe (producer of Dear White People). Along with enjoying the candid conversation on their craft, Waithe explains how influential Prince-Bythewood has been to her career development and for helping her get to where she is now. The stories of women helping women is amazing to hear.

ABC's black-ish has brought the black family sitcom back to television screens after a long hiatus. Before its arrival, it wasn't that uncommon to see our friends reminiscing on social media about a time when sitcoms like The Cosby Show, A Different WorldThe Fresh Prince of Bel Aire greeted us every evening. 

But it may not have been as long of an absence as we thought. Code Switch, NPR's blog on race, culture, and ethnicity that gives us life on a regular basis, put together an epic timeline of 51 family sitcoms featuring people of color. It made us remember some of our favorite sitcoms like 227. Tell us which ones were your favorite and why in the comment section below.