HBO Strikes Gold with Terence Nance’s Inventive ‘Random Acts of Flyness’

Random Acts of Flyness Promo

Last night on HBO was the series premiere of Terence Nance‘s Random Acts of Flyness and it’s definitely a statement piece for the premium network. While Hollywood continues to diversify roles, the content is still lacking and it appears Nance has the skill to change that. The inventive and still effective sketch-style series (originally described as “a fluid, stream-of-conscious response to the contemporary American mediascape“) is loud with varying representations of the Black experience by way of both comedic dramatizations as well as sobering, real-life clips. From an empowering correction of the image that comes to mind when we hear “Black face” to a hilarious commercial for a white mindset removal cream, it’s clear that Random Acts of Flyness was created to “go there” and fully intends to deliver on that goal.

Every single segment in this premiere episode promises that Nance and HBO’s collaboration will be lighthearted but intentional TV to excite – not exploit – the culture. A personal standout this week was the strikingly gorgeous images in “The Sexual Proclivities of the Black Community” which segued into an honest interview surrounding The Invisibility of the Bisexual Black Man.” If you missed it, be sure to check HBO’s re-air listings because it’s definitely a must-see. New episodes air weekly on Friday nights at midnight.

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