The Grind offers multiple perspectives, meanings and arguments about the success, failures and struggles of the American millennial urban culture. The Grind is our story, literally and figuratively and will approach life through conditions much like popular TV series “Insecure” and “The Wire".
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Inclusion StatementBased on true events, The Grind sheds light on the urban human condition in a suburban environment, the “crab in a barrel mentality”, urban culture stereotypes, and the expansion of urban culture through mediums as Hip-Hop and social media; written and directed by a black female with a black cast.
About The Project
The Grind is a single-cam Dramedy (Drama meets Comedy), offering multiple perspectives, meanings and arguments about the success, failures and struggles of the American millennial urban culture. The Grind is our story and my story, literally and figuratively. Based on true events, The Grind explores the urban human condition in a suburban environment, the “crab in a barrel mentality” that permeates from the inner cities into nearby suburbs, urban culture stereotypes, the transcendence of urban culture through mediums such as Hip Hop, R&B and social media and the expansion of urban culture in its present day. These themes are often discussed, but rarely portrayed outside of the inner city, in the suburbs where it flourishes. The series will approach life through conditions much like popular TV series “Insecure” and “Black-ish” but feed off urban culture’s gritty reality much like “Power” and “The Wire”.
The Grind hones in on the story of three best friends, Zel, a young man driven by lust, struggling to find motivation, Kye, coping with his dysfunctional family and his own uncertainty and Dom, conflicted with the decision of doing the wrong thing for his family and doing the right thing for himself.
This is a story I wanted to tell, because it is my life and our story. This series is a combination of true stories compiled over the last two years that depict our hopes, dreams, struggles and set backs that fail to cease our never-ending grind to accompish all we set out to do. All-the-while, we're striving to provide this relateable view of how we aren't just black and white and we aren't made up of cliche stereotype after cliche stereotype.
The Grind gives voice to the underrepresented urban American Millennial culture that currently resides within the suburbs and supporting this story, supports a black owned production company, a femle director and writer and a diverse cast and production crew bringing inclusion to the industry.
This series is more than a coming of age story, its a window for those who are unaware, its a mirror for those here and its a platform to incorporate and uplift our local suburban community. We want this story to not only be insightful, but we want this story to inspire and be a reminder that we can do anything we put our minds to, no matter our color or creed, so long as we come together and believe in one another.
Production for this series begins in March and with your donations, we will be able to make this series come to life. We thank you for supporting this series and we can't wait to show you the completed season!
Logline: A journey to success for three friends turns to their demise, when their sinful nature takes over.
Genre: Dramedy (Drama & Comedy)
Format: Ten-episode, ten to fifteen minute-long, digital web series (with half-hour sitcom potential).
Nutshell: It’s “Insecure” meets “The Wire”.
Setting: Modern day suburbs of the Poconos.
Author Name(s): Amber Robinson & Denzel Rodriguez
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About This Team
The Full Cast of Our Web Series - The Grind!