Erika Alexander Stirs Controversy With New Blog Post “Why I Wrote A Mad Men Episode With Negroes”

Concrete Park co-creator Erika Alexander has a rocking new blog and a rocking new post to kick it off. The blog is called Showbiz Is Glamorous and the post is called Why I Wrote A Mad Men Episode With Negroes by Erika Alexander”, and it’s already generated a ton of discussion. As a black actress, she was tired of the lily-white landscape of cable TV drama, and really tired of the reasons show creators gave for why it had to be so.

So she did something about it. She wrote a Mad Men script with negroes, just in time for the season 6 premiere this past Sunday. You can read the script (called “Uptown Saturday Night“) in its entirety on her blog. It captures the Mad Men tone and time period, and commenters have praised her both for how skillfully she wrote it and what it represents.


One commenter wrote: “1. simply put, you pulled together a great story. I enjoyed reading, you captured Mad Men perfectly, you get the characters, and it just WORKS. Could EASILY be a story line on the show. 2. You are showing Matthew Weiner that he (and others like him) can’t keep making these excuses.”

Erika writes “I needed to find a different way to contribute to the conversation, to answer the constant refrain from show creators that they don’t want to just “shoehorn” black characters into their shows. Respectfully, I believe a storyteller has permission to imagine and create unusual situations in his or her fictional world to tell a larger truth. But I get it, race is complicated.”

Judging by the comments and the record number of views, it seems she has done just what she meant to do, contribute to the conversation. Check out Erika’s post and her Mad Men script and let us know what you think!


Erika Alexander to co-star in new AMC series “Low Winter Sun”

Concrete Park co-creator Erika Alexander will co-star in a dark new crime series, Low Winter Sun from AMC. The Endemol/AMC Studios production stars Mark Strong and Lennie James and begins with the murder of a Detroit cop by a fellow detective. The seemingly perfect crime activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, pulling him into the heart of the Detroit underworld.

erika1aErika says: “I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting new series. From Mad Men to Breaking Bad to The Walking Dead, AMC has become the destination for quality drama. The dark, moody pilot for Low Winter Sun was directed by my dear friend, Ernest Dickerson, who has been doing such great work lately on Tremé, Dexter and The Walking Dead. The show has  a great, compelling premise and a cast of killers, headed up by Mark Strong and Lennie James. I can’t wait for my fans to see it.”

Low Winter Sun starts this Summer on AMC.