From the mind of Emmy-nominated producer, Issa Rae is Sweet Life: Los Angeles, an unscripted HBO Max original following the lives of a group of successful friends in Los Angeles.
While many are still dismayed Issa Rae’s beloved Los-Angeles-based dramedy “Insecure” is coming to an end, Rae has shown that she still has many stories to tell. In her newest love letter to her native Los Angeles, the Emmy-nominated multi-hyphenate takes her producing and writing talents to unscripted television.
The new HBO Max series “Sweet Life: Los Angeles” follows a group of 20-something black professionals in South Los Angeles as they navigate friendships, relationships, and ambitious career progress. I caught up with the cast ahead of their premiere to discuss their reality TV debut, the black community in Los Angeles, and black affluence.
Meet the Cast:
A PR professional and prolific real estate investor, 25-year-old Amanda Scott is looking to “Buy Black the Block” by purchasing properties in local black communities. Her PR firm in South Los Angeles is at the forefront of Black entrepreneurship
As the newest addition to the friend group, 26-year-old Brianna Jones is an ambitious Los Angles transplant looking to branch into entrepreneurship. Originally from Michigan, Jones is currently a healthcare professional but has recently started a new self-care brand called “Buttrd by Bri.”
A warrior for inclusivity and a mentor to young women of color, 26-year-old Cheryl Des Vignes is a force in the fashion industry in Los Angeles.
As a former Division I athlete at UCLA, 25-year-old Jerrold Smith II is taking his knowledge beyond sports as an entertainment marketing specialist.
25-year-old Jordan Bentley is a successful entrepreneur and CEO, boasting his streetwear brand Hyland, which is now a multi-million-dollar endeavor.
27-year-old entrepreneur P’Jae Compton is no stranger to the music industry; as he works as an artist manager as well as a co-owner of his new record label Lost Sound.
A philanthropist and entrepreneur in her own right, 26-year-old Los Angeles native Tylynn Burns specialized in event planning and curating spaces for Black entrepreneurs. As the founder of her own event agency called House Party Creative, Burns creates exclusive and high-style events for Black creatives throughout Los Angeles.
The season is nine episodes with three episodes launching weekly through September 2 plus a reunion special on September 9. Catch it only on HBO Max.