Reginald Hudlin’s 1992 film “Boomerang” tells the story of a Black marketing executive (Eddie Murphy) whose tumultuous romances with his boss (Robin Givens) and colleague (Halle Berry) force him to reconsider his misogynistic ways. Berry, one of the movie’s breakout stars, says that it offered many Black moviegoers a vision of what they hoped to achieve.
“We got to see ourselves in ways we weren’t really, but were aspiring to be,” she explained during a Television Critics Association session yesterday (February 11), as quoted by Variety. She and fellow executive producer Lena Waithe explore a new era of Black professional achievement in BET’s series adaptation of “Boomerang,” which premieres tonight (February 12).
The series picks up 27 years later as the affluent children of Berry, Murphy and Givens’ characters pursue their own versions of career and relationship success. It also tackles topics that are relevant to Black millennials. For instance, Rolling Stone notes that one of the show’s characters tries to creatively attack racism and sexism by performing an exotic dance with ”#MeToo“ and “#ImWithKap” written on her body.
Waithe says that the series also aims to tell these characters’ stories outside of the White gaze—something she credits, in part, to the affiliated networks.
“The most exciting thing about BET and Paramount is that we speak the same language,” she said during the panel, according to Deadline. “There is no, ‘Well can you have more joy in that moment of Black pain’—I don’t have to do that. That’s no shade at other partners I work for, but the best thing is working with people who look like me and trust me. Black and honest as hell.”
See Waithe and Berry’s vision when “Boomerang” premieres tonight at 10 p.m. EST.