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Old April 14 2013, 12:14 AM   #1
Shaka Zulu
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Why I Wrote A Mad Men Episode With Negroes, by Erika Alexander

Why did I write an episode of Mad Men with Negroes? And by that I mean with ďNegroĒ characters in it, not with.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Anyway, why did I write an episode of TV that I know will never be made?

Though I work as an actress and have pitched and sold a television series or two in my time in Hollywood, Iím not a writer on Mad Men, so this episode wonít appear anywhere but here. Why, then? And why negroes? Arenít we finished with all that? In honor of the Season 6 premiere, let me tell you about it.

I like Mad Men. A lot. I like the subject matter (advertising); I like the cast (Don Draper is hot); I like the look (sexy Eames meets Op Art); I like the writing (Matthew Weiner is a storytelling beast). I love the writing.What do you think?

I have only one issue with Mad Men (OK, with a bunch of shows, but letís stick with this one): Iíd love to see more diversity. Iím a Black actress, so diversity is an issue that comes up for me. A lot. Mad Men, Game Of Thrones, Girls, VeepĖthese are cool shows, except for the fact that they would really rock with more people of color, series regulars or otherwise. I complain, wtf?Öand bemoan, WTF!Öbut alas, for all my years in TV, Iím not able to make a difference in my own living room. Or am I?
Why I Wrote A Mad Men Episode With Negroes

The script in question: MAD-MEN-UPTOWN-SATURDAY-NIGHT
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