the chi trailer

After making history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing (on Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Master of None) earlier this year, Lena Waithe is levelling up with her own show, The Chi. Executive produced by Common and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Confirmation), the series is “a powerful coming-of-age drama series about an interconnected group of working-class African-Americans on Chicago’s volatile south side.” The cast includes Moonlight‘s Alex Hibbert, Straight Outta Compton‘s Jason Mitchell and The Get Down‘s Yolanda Ross, as well as Waithe and Common.

The Chi premieres January 7, 2018, on Showtime. Check out the trailer below.

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