We Are Still Living Single
I loved the 90’s. Most likely because that was the era I grew up in, but I can’t help but truly believe that from the 90’s came some of the best music, movies, dance moves and definitely television. One of my favorite series was Living Single that ran from 1993 to 1998. It was intelligent, funny and did an amazing job of displaying relationships between successful and intelligent African Americans. Each character had amazing personality and depth and because of this most of us had a definite favorite or likened ourselves to a character.
Khadijah (Queen Latifah) was the power house. She owned her own magazine (who can forget the name Flavor), where she was Editor and Publisher. She took care of friends and family and had a great relationship with her mother. Despite her success and search for a good love interest she was “fiercely real” and maintained originality.
Maxine (Erika Alexander) was the sharp witted best friend, attorney and (like Khadijah) Harvard Graduate. She had an affinity for food and funny stories and was the epitome of independent. Her love/hate relationship with neighbor Kyle was often the highlight of many episodes.
Synclaire (Kim Coles) was Khadijah’s cousin and Assistant. She was an aspiring actress and arguably had the sweetest relationship on the show (who didn’t adore Overton). Her naivete was super funny in addition to her random obsession with trolls.
Regine (Kim Fields) was a childhood friend of Khadijah’s who had completely remade herself as an adult. Super image conscious and beyond “bougie” she had very high expectations of what she wanted out of a man and life…both of which came with dollar signs. And we couldn’t help but love her real life mom (Chip Fields) guest starring and proclaiming her love for thrift stores and secondhand sales.
I loved all of the girls but I was crazy over Maxine Shaw. At 12 I knew I wanted her career and great suits, not to mention her quick wit. No matter what favorite you had this was a show that spoke to anyone. Despite age or race, who couldn’t see themselves as a successful, and independent 20 something, living in an amazing Brownstone in Brooklyn with great friends experiencing life and love?
Who was your favorite Living Single gal?