first started as a series which I wrote simply because I’ve always had an affinity for love stories and longed to see one told where the characters reminded me of me. I wanted to create something I wanted to see not only on TV, but also happen in my life. We all dream of love and if you’ve experienced it, it can be exciting, therapeutic and nerve-racking to watch others go on that same roller coaster. As the series developed, it became less about obtaining some type of fairy tale and more about self discovery and dealing with your past to move forward. Needless to say I had a few past relationships to pull from. 2 seasons, 7+ million views and thousands of comments later, I realized there were so many people like me from all over the world craving to see and experience the same thing. A need to see strong, layered, and honest depictions of black love. One that doesn’t center around scandalous drama or ratchetness. First answered the deep call for Black people to see themselves represented on the small screen. It struck a chord with young Black audiences because it was one of the first web series to represent Black people in a positive way. First remains one of the top web series on Issa Rae's Youtube channel, and has been in high demand from fans to be made into a movie.
After years of trying to get this film made, my husband and I decided to take matters in our own hands and finance the film ourselves. It’s been a huge sacrifice for our family, but we are so confident that this story needs to be told now and we are the ones to do it. As black filmmakers it is so important to us that our baby girl and our audience see reflections of themselves and know that they are deserving of this type of love.