The Lord has heard our prayers. Our girls are back-ish. The core four of Girlfriends have reunited for an upcoming episode of black-ish.
Tracee Ellis Ross, who stars on black-ish, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Jill Marie Jones will all be on the series’ Oct. 8th episode entitled “Feminisn’t.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the episode is described as thus: “When Bow [Ross] learns that Diane [Marsai Martin] and Ruby [Jenifer Lewis] don’t believe in feminism, she brings Diane to meet the women in her feminist group. Bow’s friend Abby [guest stare Nadia Quinn] thinks the group needs to be more inclusive, so Bow invites three of her girlfriends to join. Meanwhile, Junior [Marcus Scribner] and Jack [Miles Brown] help Dre [Anthony Anderson] after he realizes he is out of touch with modern day feminism.”
“The timing was perfect to be able to bring Girlfriends to a whole new audience. We haven’t all been together on camera since 2006,” Ross tells EW. “Girlfriends ran for eight years and was important to so many people. Being able to merge the worlds of black-ish and Girlfriends was surreal for me — and so much fun. These are women I grew up with and love deeply and it was easy to tap back into the magic of our chemistry and how much we love each other. It was giggles on top of giggles on top of giggles.”
Girlfriends, starring Ross, Brooks, White and Jones as Joan Clayton, Maya Wilkes, Lynn Searcy and Toni Childs respectively, ran on UPN for six seasons and The CW for two before being cancelled in 2008 (Jones notably left at the end of the sixth season).
Fans, like myself, have been campaigning for the series to get a proper ending for over a decade.
We deserve to see Joan to get married, Lynn thrive in her music career, Maya and Darnell [Khalil Kain] have another baby (or not), William [Reginald C. Hayes] and Monica [Keesha Sharp] raise their baby and for the epic return of Toni Childs.
In 2018, Mara Brock Akil, the creator of Girlfriends, told Wendy Williams she needed $40-$60 million to create a movie.
“Here’s the thing. There was a time I would’ve made the Girlfriends movie for $2 million, $5 million or $10 million,” said Akil to Williams. “Now, you know what, it is of value, and people need to recognize that value.”
Prayerfully the powers that be will recognize the value of wrapping up Girlfriends in a movie (or limited series return) once this epic episode of black-ish airs.
Season 6 of black-ish premieres Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.