Last night was the world premier of "King Ester", a new web series produced by Issa Rae Productions and directed by Dui Jarrod and ya'll...If you have not seen the show, I highly encourage you to do so.
Actors include The original Aunt Viv of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Janet Hubert, Pose and American Horror Story: 1984 star, Angelica Ross, and Rowin Amone as, Ester. The story follows the life of a transgender woman who is working her way to stardom in pre-katrina New Orleans.
Jarrod spoke to Essence about being a part of Issa Rae's Color Creative,
"I'm ecstatic and happy for the opportunity to be a part of the Color Creative family," Jarrod said. "I've been extremely conscious about who I align myself with. I love King Ester and my investment in telling the story meant I wasn't going to join any platform that didn't affirm the purpose of me creating the series. I feel confident the Issa Rae Productions audience is the perfect fit and will allow Ester into their hearts with empathy and love.While Hurricane Katrina was nearly 13 years ago, the stories of trans women are as timely and important to tell as ever, The hurricane and the city of New Orleans almost act as characters alongside the stories of tragedy, triumph, and truth, all of which Ester's story represents."
This story emits a power, visceral and woke projection of the struggles of today's world, specifically within the LGBT community. As Ester walks through the streets of New Orleans searching for identity and discovering her sexuality, she does so with a power and flex that is needed to face the coming storm. Watch the preview for this web series below and tell us what you think!
You can watch the first episode here.