“White Famous” reveals true Hollywood


White Famous

White Famous is a story of a young black man on the rise in Hollywood. Episodes air on Showtime every Sunday at 10:30 p.m. It shows just how crazy and wild show business can be, but it’s real purpose is to teach us not to lose hold of who we really are, not to become “White Famous.”

Up-and-coming actor Floyd Mooney, played by Jay Pharoah, is on the rise and is killing the acting game. Early in the show he gets his big break and is offered a movie with Jamie Foxx, played by himself. Floyd knows how big this opportunity is, but there are also some reasons for him to turn it down. If he takes this movie part, he won’t be able to spend time with his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child Sadie, played by Cleopatra Coleman, and his son Trevor, played by Lonnie Chavis, who he currently lives with. His family is the most important thing to him and he doesn’t want acting to get in the way, but at the same time this can help them financially and he can achieve his goals of becoming a big time actor.

I don’t want to give too many spoilers, but it is definitely a must see. The new Showtime series has been getting some mixed reviews; big time critics such as Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and IMDb have given the show luke warm ratings.

Rotten Tomatoes critic Wenlei Ma says, “White Famous is a middling, masculine comedy, probably worth a second look but maybe not a third.”

Unlike the critics, I believe “White Famous” offers a very hysterical and entertaining story that gives us a glimpse of what Hollywood truly is. It almost feels like a behind the scenes look of what actors go through in Hollywood, not all of it is as good as we think.

Jamie Fox and Jay Pharoah star in “White Famous” on Showtime.