For 10 episodes we have given you a glance into our lives. Your 20s are the time to discover your life path. That includes careers, friends, lovers, and just finding out who you really are. This is the time to live hard and have fun because you are only young once. There are extremely rough situations and times where you curl up and wish you were a teenager again because jump-starting your adult life is a hard road to travel. The path to friendship can burn you time and time again, making you jaded toward making new ones. Relationships are more complicated because in a society where morals seem out of the window, finding that one person exclusive to you feels impossible. Especially when there is always another prospect around the corner. And getting into the groove of a career is attacked head on with an energy and hunger to be the best. Even when you are in the “proving yourself” stage.
**Sidebar: Which means less pay, more hours, and little praise. Y‘all know what I‘m talking about.**
“Harlem Heights” is ahead of it’s time for reality television. The norm is dating for no direction, pure foolishness, complete with melees. But we have opened the door to a world where young Black people from different backgrounds and industries, live amongst each other in a legendary community, all with a common goal of working hard to achieve success with no handouts. So the nitpicking and all-out hate some of you have displayed should be curbed for the big picture. Yes, there has been drama, but that’s a part of being a “young” adult. You will never like everyone you meet. There will be petty spats amongst friends. Look at your life, and I bet it’s not much different, minus the cameras.
But the positive outweighs the negative when it comes to our accomplishments and goals. I feel extremely humbled and blessed to be able to turn on my DVR and relive our 1st Black President being elected, my bag launch that I worked tirelessly during the filming of the show to produce, and the small things like just spending time with my lifelong friends. We will never have this time again, but I will always have something to remind me. No negative words slung at me will make me regret putting myself in a vulnerable position by opening my life to the world. All I’ve ever wanted in life was to design. The talent has ALWAYS been there, but race and gender made it that much harder to get where I am. But I fought tooth and nail to succeed. So if me putting myself on the line inspired someone to not hold back and go for their dream, mission accomplished.
For the critics that feel this show is scripted and we are hired actors: 100% incorrect. We have REAL lives, REAL struggles, and REAL histories.
And finally to my “Harlem Heights” cast:
Bridget: We came up from birth with a strong family that always loved and stood behind us…even when we decided to change our career paths. You are a true example of what a friend is. Always putting yourself out there for others, helping them reach their goals. You are a step away from your law degree and I am soooo proud of you. I will be front and center at the graduation like you were at mine.
Brooke: My sister, no matter what “they” have to say, we are forever friends. You have been there by my side through triumph and tragedy, always the one I can count on. Your future is bright, and no one can stand in your way to reach the stars.
Christian: Cephas! (inside joke) My little brother…I am so happy you and Brooke found each other. Keep striving for your ultimate goal. You have accomplished so much at a young age, but you have so much more ahead of you.
Pierre: You are a genuine man that defeated great odds of failure and became a success. Your mother, grandmother and aunts have proven it doesn’t matter where you come from, but with a strong family and good guidance you can excel to be anything you want. In our society a lot of Black women had to be Mom and Dad. You are the hope of that generation.
Aden: Even though the world didn’t get a total glimpse into your “mogul” transformation, I am so proud of the success you’ve achieved. We’ve been friends since teenagers and I feel blessed to have you in my life. Danielle is a wonderful woman and I can’t wait for the wedding.
Kelly M: Despite our complications I am very proud of you. You went through a horrific, life-changing experience, but proved to everyone how strong you really are by picking up the pieces and jumping right back into life. I wish you much success in your new career.
Landon: Politics better watch out! You have the community behind you and good friends to see you through the hard times. I know your father is extremely proud of your transformation over the past year into a man. Continue to fight for the good of the community.
Kelli C: At a very young age you have an overwhelming expectation on your shoulders. But you have hit the ground running and will be a driving force for Black women in your industry.
Jason: You are rare and refreshing. Leaving the streets behind to make a better way for your daughter should be the blueprint for every young man who has been in your situation. Harlem’s troubled youth are in good hands once your empowerment movement takes over.
Ashlie: I respect your hustle of putting yourself out there, going into a challenging field like acting. As a young Black woman it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of social life. But despite our issues in the past, I wish you the best going forward in the future.
Ally and Lamar: Y’all know I had to give it to you at the same time. lol. The two of you are a force, and extremely talented; Ally, with your dance career
For 10 episodes we have given you a gateway into our world. I hope that the change we have tried to bring to your home inspired the masses.
‘Til Next Time.