Author: Joycelynn Okezie
Devan Dmarcus and Kiara Woods join creator and star Hawes on the dramatic series.
Seeka.tv’s Alonge Hawes created series, Black On Both Sides, has booked two emerging talents in Devan Dmarcus (Cream x Coffee, Ready To Love) and Kiara Woods (Pressure, Blue Collar Hustle) to star alongside Hawes in the half-hour drama series.
Black On Both Sides was created and written by Hawes, and though specific story details are being kept under wraps for the time being, Hawes has described the project as focusing on “young African American millennials who are attempting to exist in a setting where blackness must come secondary to business”.
Hawes, whose previous work includes creating and starring in the multi-award winning web series Blue Collar Hustle, will play Anansi Moor. An intelligent and eloquent young man whose corporate ambition masks a secret that underlies cultural reclamation. Devin Dmarcus will play Elbert Rahim. A fierce purveyor of black pride whose anger at the ill-treatment inflicted upon African Americans is unwavering. Kiara Woods will play Maya Patterson. A young single mother who is struggling to master the art of “code-switching” at her job.
Dmarcus is perhaps best known for his starring role as ‘Zeek” on the award winning web series CreamXCoffee. Other credits include the reality series Ready To Love and feature film Triple 9. Dmarcus is also known for his previous work as former co-founder and co-director of the brand Black Men Smile.
Woods is best known for her starring role as Brandy on the web series Pressure. She also co-starred in two episodes of Hawes’s previous web series Blue Collar Hustle as Brianna Wiley.
Dmarcus is repped by Alima Industries while Woods is repped by Talent Network Atlanta.
Production on the series is underway, with Hawes also serving as showrunner, director, and writer on the series. Cinematographer Jairus Burks (Green Wood, Blue Collar Hustle, CreamXCoffee) will serve as Director Of Photography. Hawes will executive produce the project alongside George Reese (Utopia Planitia). Jamal Mcclendon, Rodderick Fedd, Shani Hawes, and Cordarol Sanders serve as Producers.