Shout out to Aisha MuharrarPosted: October 7, 2011
Television is one vicious industry. You pour your heart and soul into the development of a new series and it can still be dead on arrival. Seniority doesn’t matter, neither does quality. It’s a strange, fickle game, alright.
So major props to Aisha Muharrar.
Who, you say? And how do you pronounce that last name?
I’ll answer the second question first. Moo-har-raaa? I really don’t know.
On to the next one.
Aisha Muharrar, a Harvard grad (television comedy writers are an impressively Ivied bunch; it’s weird) and author of fun articles like this one, writes for Parks and Recreation. It’s an impressive feat for a number of reasons:
- it’s hard out here for a black lady. The only person of color on this list of underrated female TV writers is Mindy Kaling and everybody’s still waiting for that movie/TV show that will catapult her into the spotlight.
- television has become the stomping ground for Oscar nominated black actors and actresses, but even they can’t get their own promo. Having someone writing for TV might change the balance of power. Maybe? Okay, I admit I was just trying to link to this article, didn’t really think this particular bullet through.
- television’s depictions of racial minorities still leaves something to be desired. Perhaps Muharrrar can change that.
- it’s a stepping stone. Many famous TV actresses got their start as staff writers and in increasing numbers, these women are stepping out from behind the camera and spearheading their own shows. Could the same thing happen to Muharrar?
Maybe, maybe not. She’s funny though. That’s for sure.