Yolonda Ross Talks Lena Waithe's "Authentic" Storytelling in 'The Chi'

"It’s such an amazing thing to see stories about us that are accurate, that have all the minute details that we can pick up that say if somebody else is telling our story."

Yolonda Ross, who plays Jada on Lena Waithe’s The Chi, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter In Studio and praised the creator for her “accurate” writing for African-Americans. While Ross admits that while she hadn’t seen Waithe in Master of None prior to filming The Chi, she did know that “she was a really good writer.”

As a writer and director herself, Ross said, “That’s why I really do appreciate this writing and this world Lena created. It’s such an amazing thing to see stories about us that are accurate, that have all the minute details that we can pick up that say if somebody else is telling our story, they just get looked over. They’re not there because that person’s not living our lives.”

Speaking on the authenticity of the show, Ross points out, “I love seeing the Jerrika and Brandon stuff, and all the little things between them as boyfriend and girlfriend. It’s that early love of a black couple and she wants her dude to stay on his path, like stay out of the streets, and that’s a real thing.”

Ross also spoke on what drew her to the character of Jada and how she admired her “common sense” while raising her son.  

“She’s a hard-working woman, she had a unique way of showing her love for her kid and also guiding him in a way I think is unique with them, and I find it’s probably unique with a lot of mothers and sons that are together without a father. Sometimes they’re like siblings.” 

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