"Catching up with Gigi"

caines | 10/25/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Online series: A new independent movement

Dare to be different

The emergence of online sensations such as Awkward Black Girl, and The Couple, are serving as proof that series relating to minorities should not be treated as seasonal trends, and they are also making it known that minority viewers, like all other viewers, need diversity. That need is being met with online series such as Awkward Black Girl and Situation Series.

Miami Independence

Miami residents, Gigi St. Juste and Tori-Ann Hampton are now among the daring intellectually creative individuals who have decided to take matters into their own hands. We realized that there were not that many parts for [Black female] actors, so we decided to start our own project, Juste said. The duos new online series is called Catching Up With Gigi. The show follows the central character, Gigis encounters at her new job at a production company, which she found on Craigslist.

Reaching the community

The pair have already started reaching out to the community to drum up awareness about their online show. Last Friday, at Love Hate Lounge on Washington Ave in South Beach, the independent producers hosted a launch party. The evening served as a melting pot of friends, family and supporters of the show. The shows creators expressed their positive sentiments about the evening and the support that they received. Our friends and family have been our biggest fans, Juste said. They believed in our dreams and they were the ones who funded it for us. Without them and their support, Catching Up With Gigi, would not exist. By Ju'lia Samuelsjsamuels@miamitimesonline.com