By Tilesha Brown, Special to the AFRO
Imani Robinson, a Baltimore native, actor, alumna of the Baltimore School for the Arts and television writer is looking to produce a new show called “3 Blind Mice.” But despite the name, this show has nothing to do with nursery rhymes.
The series is centered on three characters: a junior at an HBCU and two recent college alum, who all share a living space and are inspired by Robinson’s mother and her two best friends.
The way Imani describes “3 Blind Mice” is as a nostalgic 1990’s show with a modern millennial twist.
“If ‘A Different World’ and ‘Living Single’ had a baby that would be my show,” she said.
And, if that sounds like just another “Dear White People” or “Grown-ish,” Imani said it is not. This series, she said, is not just a college show. It takes place both on campus and off and it focuses on the difficulties of transitioning to adulthood at that critical point when life really starts to get real. “3 Blind Mice” aims to get to the heart of what it means to have no clue how to navigate through it all.
In fact, that’s how the series got its name. According to Robinson, its three main characters really have no clue what they’re doing, but the important dynamic that shines through is that they’re there for each other through the struggle.
Another twist is that the main character is actually a transfer student from an all-White institution, so there’s another dynamic layered in that deals with how she doesn’t fit in and how she might sometimes feel judged by her own people.
“I’m an African-American woman who went to predominantly-White schools all of my life and I feel like that narrative isn’t really told,” Imani said. “I didn’t see a show on television that I could relate to completely.”
So, she created one. And if a network buys into the idea, Imani said she wants to employ all Black millennials to work in the show’s writers’ room and on the production crew.
Imani is currently raising money to shoot her pilot in Baltimore this summer so that she can pitch to networks later this year.
That fundraising begins this weekend. She and her team will be at the Terra Cafe in Baltimore on at. 2 p.m. on April 7. The event will include live performances, a raffle and a special presentation on “3 Blind Mice.”
Learn more about the project and Robinson’s fundraising events by going to her fundraising page at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3-blind-mice–4#/.