Peep The Spotlight: 3 Blind Mice Is Bringing Black Back To College
Attention, everyone! Class is now in session.
It is not news that creators of color have been quietly working in the shadows of self-made avenues like Vimeo and YouTube for years, trying to carve out spaces for stories mainstream media ignores on TV. Sigh. But it was in this sacred silence that 3 Blind Mice was born.
The official synopsis reads like an excerpt from my personal life:
"3 Blind Mice is a show about the very rocky transition into adulthood that we all can relate to while simultaneously recognizing and embracing the uniqueness of black culture. ”
I know from personal experience that adulting while Black can be difficult even on a perfect day but just imagine adulting while being a Black woman...at a predominantly white college (PWI). Stressed yet? Now meet the 3 Blind Mice characters.
“Our main character, Naeemah, a young black woman who attended predominantly white schools all her life, gets expelled from Yale University during her junior year, and transfers to Howard University. Shortly after her arrival, she realizes the grass isn't always greener on the other side; even amongst her own people, she still feels out of place.”
As a black woman who attended a PWI myself, I vibe with Naeemah’s struggle. I can honestly say I’ve never seen this narrative on-screen. And I’m 25. (Shh, don’t tell anyone. )
But what has me really excited is that Naeemah isn’t alone in her journey of less-than-smooth transitions. She has girlfriends, which no doubt conjures reveries of Moesha Mitchell & Niecy Jackson (Moesha) college adventures navigating coming of age with hilarity and style.
“Naeemah has two roommates, Brittanie and Mufﬁn, who have recently graduated from Howard University, and are both hurdling obstacles during their transition into adulthood. 3 different women, 3 vastly different backgrounds, coming together in support of one another.”
This show is definitely more than the sum of its parts. 3 Blind Mice answers a real question viewers are asking in the wake of successful emerging series like Grown-ish or Black Lightning and game-changing box office films like Marvel’s Black Panther.
When is it going to be our turn?
The millennial super team creator, Imani Nia Robinson (HBO’s The Deuce) and producer- Ayana Parker-Morrison wondered the same thing and did something about it.
The inspiration behind the series was born out of Robinson’s feeling that she didn’t fit in with her generation of millennials. I can relate to that, how about you?
Imani’s dream was Howard University so she created a reality where it was true. She worked tirelessly on the script for 8 years and though it was revised, she made sure the original intentions remained. And she carefully curated a community of young, creative crew and staff of Black millennials to bring this series to life. To trust that the vision was authentic. Thank you sis!
So where does 3 Blind Mice fit in the realm of Black TV?
Hopefully right alongside classics because the series is a perfectly blended mix of Living Single, A Different World, Moesha and One on One. Excited yet? Me too. But if you’re still not sold (shame on you) on whether you should watch. Do this.
Think of your very favorite 90’s sitcom revamped with a millennial twist.
Now check out the trailer for yourself:
Robinson’s wish for the show is for 3BM to last for future audiences, to uplift and inspire while showcasing all facets of Black culture. Oh and maybe a Nexflix deal wouldn’t be so bad.