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Characters/Production Assignment

Name Roles/Responsibilities Picture Summary Actor/Actress/CrewMember
Matumani "Matty" Akachi Writer/Producer/Director/Actor
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Matty is the new lead writer for the department. He’s from Atlanta, Georgia. He’s level headed and usually the voice of reason for the team. He fancies himself as somewhat of a comedian but usually no one laughs at his jokes but himself. He’s educated at the historically black college of Morehouse University and received his bachelors and masters degrees in communications there and was also on the baseball team before later playing professional baseball. He’s named after his maternal grandmother. Matty usually attempts to pitch wholesome shows about the positive side of black lives in the United States. He’s presents the “Utopian” views of the group. Most of the team thinks that Matty is too mild-mannered and that his ideas are too generic. Jaime Reborn
Morris "Punchline" Blackmon Actor
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Punchline is a very experienced writer who was promoted to the Mainstream Content Department when he gave up on writing substantive content for the Alternative Content Department. Punchline is not technically a part of the AC Dept. any longer but he regularly admonishes the writers for not having what it takes to get a show accepted for mainstream production purposes. He often comes by to rub it in on the writers, particularly Matty. Punchline has only gotten approval for shows when he has threatened to kill someone in management, which leads to his “promotion” to the Mainstream Content Department. Punchline is a very intelligent man but very jaded with regard to trying to get positive studio ideas for alternative content accepted by WYTE management. While Punchline often focuses his criticism on Matty, secretly he respects Matty for not giving up on his ideals. Many people think Punchline got his nickname from being a stand-up comic, but Punchline usually gives different stories for how he got the nickname, such as being a bouncer at a comedy club, due to a sexual conquests, or being a member of the mob, etc. Punchline did not go to college and claims that they didn’t allow black people in college when got into the industry. Punchline is from Compton, California. Dean Edwards
Violet Blossom Actress
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Violet is a black woman and is the receptionist for the Alternative Content Department. She tries to put up false front that she is warm and helpful but she is often sarcastic and rude, especially to Matty. Violet wants to be a writer and will usually withhold calls and messages to Matty unless he listens to her story ideas, which are always about her. Violet is a gossipmonger and will usually pit the writers against one another while telling or threatening to tell personal information about one writer to the other writers in the department. Violet also claims to know what’s going on with management at WYTE and often tries to extort the writers in exchange for the information, even when the information might not be true. Violet is supposed to be the de facto “early warning” system for the AC Dept. writers, in alerting them of when WYTE management is en route but she always seems to be “preoccupied” when someone from WYTE management comes around, allowing management to often catch the writers unaware. Violet is from Omaha, Nebraska. Sharmell Huffman
Thomas "Tom" Jefferson Washington, IV Actor
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Tom is a black man from a very well-to-do black family and represents the stereotypical “Uncle Tom” viewpoints of the group. Tom graduated from Harvard with a double major in “White History” and “White American Studies”. Tom’s project ideas usually don’t seem to involve very many black people in prominent positions (if they are in his stories at all). Tom always seems to reimagine everyone else’s project ideas without having black people in them. Tom doesn’t often hang out with or converse with the other black writers during breaks or after hours and more often agrees with the project submission ideas of his white colleagues on the team (save the exception of removing most or all of the black people from their stories). Jamie Nieto
Isaiah 'Straightman' Stratman Actor
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Isaiah is a black man and is the Manager for the Alternative Content Department and has been at WYTE for over 30 years. Isaiah is derisively called “Straightman” by most of the writers because of his deadpan manner. Isaiah is kind of shield dead from rejections from the WYTE brass over the years and rarely agrees that any show idea will be accepted by network heads. Isaiah is extremely cynical with almost no sense of humor. Isaiah is constantly espousing reasons why a show idea will not or should not be accepted by the network heads. Isaiah is from Dover, Delaware and graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was a liaison for the United Service Organizations (USO). Isaiah received his masters and doctorate at Vanderbilt University. Thomas Whit Ellis
Kevin "Bucket" Benton Actor
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Kevin is a janitor for the Alternative Content Department is often derisively called “Bucket” and is either looked down upon or dismissed by most of the writers in the Dept. Kevin takes the snide comments from the writers in stride and gives as good as he gets. Unbeknownst to the writers, Kevin actually owns one of the most successful black businesses in the city. He actually tries to be a mentor for the writers to pursue their own goals rather than waiting for others to approve their goals or asking permission to work on certain projects. Kevin is from Selma, Alabama. Daryl Mooney
Rebecca "Becky" Bender Actress
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Becky is a white woman and one of the team’s “anti-Affirmative Action” hires. Becky is from Boston, Massachusetts. She is a free-style/hippie type with a really good heart but seems to be very naïve with regard to race relations in the United States. Becky didn’t attend college and got the job because she’s friends with the daughter of the WYTE President, Richard “Big Dickie” Whitman, Sr. Instead of going to college, she backpacked across Europe and walked into Africa. Becky tends to think that all people are good, no matter what ideas are expressed by the others in the group. Becky also seems to think that each story would be better when the idea is reimagined with a “young pretty white girl” implementing the idea (i.e. a “young pretty white girl” leading a slave revolt”). Becky represents the “Joan of Arc” or white savior views of the group. Mary LeGault
Richard "Dickie" Whitman, Jr. Actor
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Dickie is a white man and is derisively called “Little Dick” or “Little Dickie” by the AC Dept. writers. Dickie is the son of unseen WYTE CEO, Richard Shea “Big Dickie” Whitman, Jr. Dickie usually does all of the dirty work for the WYTE management, specifically delivering the bad news to the AC Dept. writers like show cancellations or rejected ideas. Dickie appears to be very aloof to his own personal resistance to alternative programming content and is usually only interested in the most negatively stereotypical portrayals of diversity. Dickie received a bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth. Dickie is from Boston, Massachusetts. Mike Messier
Mitchell "Mitch" Gaylord Actor
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Mitch is an even tempered, gay, white man. Mitch is a starch advocate for more representation of LGBTQ community, sort of. Even though Mitch is gay, he has a bias against lesbian women as he sees them as “fake” gay people who are like chameleons that attempt to blend into society and popular culture when it suits them. Mitch feels that lesbians are already sufficiently represented in popular culture and are not really “down” for the cause. Mitch is from an upper middle class family and received a journalism degree from University of San Francisco. Adam Richmond
King Leroy Tyrone X Actor
Leroy is a black man and represents the “Militant” views of the group. LeRoy is incessantly pushing ideas about black militancy and violent overthrow of the government. He is extremely suspicious of the United States government and paranoid that the government is out to get him. LeRoy thinks that some of the other writers are actually government informants that are trying to get information out of him. No matter what project ideas are proposed by the group, no matter how benevolent, LeRoy often reimagines the idea and adds extreme militancy and violence to it. LeRoy claims he went to UHN (the “University of Hard (K)Nocks”). LeRoy is from Oakland, California.
Patricia "Pat" Jemini Actress
Pat is a white transgender woman, is a lesbian, and just happens to also be a former Major League Baseball player and former teammate of Matty’s (although they weren’t close friends on the team, with Matty being a star and Pat struggling to get playing time in the majors). Pat attempts to be the voice for the LGBTQ community's fight for inclusion in mainstream studio projects. Pat's behavior is very tomboyish in nature and, she, for the most part dresses as a tomboy, wearing her team jersey and number from the team that she played for in MLB. Most people she interacts with, outside of her department, have no clue that she is a transgender woman and usually don't believe her when she tells them that she, in fact, is transgender. Pat does not have a college degree, as she was drafted into the MLB while still in high school, but did start taking writing classes in college after leaving MLB to pursue her dreams. Pat is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Aishia ("Quaishia") Toussaint Actress
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Aisha is a very proud black woman and fashions herself as an “Amazon Warrior”. Aisha represents the feminist view of the group. Aisha is very much into black culture, but is extremely critical of all men, but, especially black men in particular. Aisha’s project ideas always seem to revolve around having women be the leads with the men being somehow emasculated (or even castrated). Aisha went to Texas Women’s University and is from Dallas, Texas. She majored in political science. Aisha resents Becky because she doesn’t feel that Becky is qualified to be a professional writer for the WYTE. She often accuses Becky of wanting to date the “no good” black men on the team, whom she ("Qu"Aisha) doesn’t want but still doesn’t think anyone should be dating them. Shevon Stoddart