The web series Avant-Guardians is like nothing you have ever seen before.
The supernatural dramedy tells the story of guardian angel Razz (Alesia C. Etinoff), whose 12 year old human charge is destined to become the third Black president of the United States - if he can survive adolescence.
In an attempt to understand her ward - as well as humanity and its countless issues - Razz goes into therapy with archangel Dr. Hanniel (Zainab Johnson).
It is during these sessions this heavenly dynamic duo take on many timely topics including trans/homophobia, racism, bullying, and sexism, with wit, piercing insight, and much, much humor.
The seven episode series was created by Etinoff as an outlet for her commentary on the tumultuous times we are grappling with.
The result is a funny and moving rumination on the human condition that is never sanctimonious, preachy, or pretentious.
Etinoff also turns on its head the usual staid, saccharine depiction of angels by injecting it with a liberal dose of Black woman magic.
Seeing two Black women portraying powerful and wise angelic beings stylishly swaddled in their own agency is magnificent to behold.
It also highlights just how ridiculous it is that Hollywood is still dragging its feet when it comes to providing meaty, nuanced roles for Black women.
Because each of the seven episodes is only between one to five minutes in length, binge watching this smile-inducing, consciousness-raising web series is strongly encouraged.
At the end, it is teased we may see more of Razz and Dr. Hanniel in the future.
I'll definitely say Amen to that!
Watch the official Avant-Guardians trailer here...
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