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Black Actress Media Watch: Flashpoint’s Olunike Adeliyi

Posted on | October 16, 2010 | 10 Comments

Flashpoint has been on CBS for four years! Where have I been? I don’t own a TV, so I don’t keep up with all the new or existing programs. Since I have to shift through Fancast, Hulu and Netflix, it’s hard to know which shows are still running and which have been canceled.

I’ve actually found a real black actress (of West African ancestry) on a prime time show! Wow. That is amazing.

It is actress Olunike Adeliyi as Officer Leah Kerns. Her character comes across as rather normal. I love the fact she wears a short natural. She isn’t strident, loud, angry, obese, fat, cheeky, overly sexy, or in any way stereotypical. She’s down-to-earth and speaks well. I appreciate seeing a black character like her on a cop drama.

The show is produced by an army of people, but I’d like to thank them for adding a respectable, dignified, and mature woman of color to their program.

The very pretty Olunike Adeliyi

Can I tell you how cool it is to see a black female cop? I wanted to be a cop at one time until I realized I might be trigger happy. I think I would prefer to be a detective. I like solving puzzles.

According to IMDb she’s in only 6 episodes. Right now, these are the ones I happen to be watching. It is wonderful to see someone with her looks (yes, I went there) on TV. I see so many beige and question-mark race women on TV, I wonder what’s going on. They have the right to get work, but I don’t want anyone pretending that that is what black women look like. Okay?

Flashpoint had me confused at first. I knew it was filmed in Canada. I watched the skylight for the show, but I’ve yet to hear them mention that it’s Canada. They don’t specify the city. Maybe I’ve missed it. It still has a very NY feel to it. All the accents sound regional like Chicago and NY to me. Very broad and very deep.

The show moves very fast, and even though it seems to involve characters issues, they aren’t deep or integral to the storyline. It’s the protagonists (new distraught gun wielding person every week) who sets things in motion, and it is the job of the police to diffuse the situation and/or neutralize this person by any means necessary. They work hard try to understand the protagonist’s motivations, issues, trigger points, family ties, and only use deadly force as a last resort.

I like the show, and I will try to watch it for as long as Ms Adeliyi is on.

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10 Responses to “Black Actress Media Watch: Flashpoint’s Olunike Adeliyi”

  1. Jules
    October 16th, 2010 @ 10:54 PM

    Hi Doll,

    The show is definitely Canadian. They film in Toronto. I haven’t watched the show either, but that’s only because I am not a fan of criminal dramas. Blessings.

    GoldenAh: Last time I was in Toronto, I was a child. My brother took his wife and kid up there last year for the 4th of July fireworks (at Niagara Falls). I heard it was fantastic. I keep meaning to go myself.

    Oh, I love criminal dramas, action films, and nonstop violence. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for the feedback, Jules.

  2. avery
    October 17th, 2010 @ 12:01 AM

    most shows from Canada or europe feature black women…degrassi(canada),skins(uk), and they show different types of black women…america shows only european looking black women on their shows..its so sad…its a shame what sisters have to do to get work in Hollywood…Sanaa Lathan did a movie with Matthew Broderick they didn’t even promote it in the US..they had to go to Europe to advertise and get that movie played….smh

    GoldenAh: Isn’t that interesting? I agree, but a friend of mine (in Europe) thinks that African American get more exposure and are treated better by the media here. I think the difference are the amount of small roles with different looking women, and the few mega stars we have that look almost the same (as you’ve said).

    The movie you mentioned Wonderful World (2009). I’ve heard about it, but I thought it was remake of another film. Well, that’s a film I have to see in spite of Broderick (not a fan except for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ).

    Well, I’ll see what I can dig up in future on our black actresses. Thanks for the input, Avery. πŸ˜€

  3. Binta
    October 17th, 2010 @ 5:24 AM

    Great, I’ll try to watch it. She looks absolutely wonderful. I normally don’t like short hair but it fits her so well.

    I hope to see more of her in future.

    GoldenAh: Hi Binta, I agree. πŸ™‚

    I don’t even know what season this show comes on. She’s done six episodes in the last one. I hope she returns, since she left to make a movie. They didn’t kill her off, so I take that as a good sign. πŸ˜€

  4. Frank M.
    October 17th, 2010 @ 10:02 AM

    Lips and eyes….oh my….stay focused.

    Ya, she is gorgeous. Love the natural hair.
    Natural hair feels better to the touch. Straightened hair sometimes feels dry, brittle, and smells weird. I tried to tell this one woman I dated that her over-processed hair was a turn-off, but she refused to wear it natural. She didn’t last very long. LOL

    GoldenAh: Frank, you just love to start stuff. Dontcha? πŸ˜€

    You should know better than to mess with a black woman’s hair. LOL. πŸ˜€

  5. Amanda
    October 17th, 2010 @ 11:38 AM

    Many shows, movies etc. are shot in Canada, Australia etc. because it’s cheaper. The setting could be anywhere. Farscape was shot in Australia, but was a show intended on a U. S. Audience same as the Stargate series, X-Files and many others. Same with states in the U. S. where it’s cheaper to shoot movies or tv shows like Michigan or New Mexico. Tax incentives and other perks. Toronto I believe (can’t remember for sure) was used as Chicago in Due South

    GoldenAh: With some shows I watch, I just love guessing where they’re filming, especially when they’re claiming a specific city / location.

    I was reading that McG has aerophobia and agoraphobia, so he’s one of those directors who will not fly anywhere to film a movie. Fascinating and weird. He’s got a quite a few shows on TV at the moment.

  6. Queen
    October 18th, 2010 @ 2:21 AM

    @ Frank, so there are guys out there who like our natural hair, that is refreshing to know.

    I heard about Flashpoint, I did not know it was still on the air. I will have to check it out.

  7. RedMango
    October 18th, 2010 @ 6:52 AM

    Very nice post!

  8. BWMM
    November 21st, 2010 @ 12:04 AM

    I just watched a movie Sins of the Mother on Lifetime (yeah it’s messed up movie, but it’s lifetime or really LMN) Yeah I got caught up watching a Lifetime movie. I just couldn’t believe it was a movie about black people. LOL black women are actually the leads. LOL

    Anyways it stars Jill Scott and Nicole Beharie
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2718512/

    Actually not bad. Jill Scott is too talented as an actress to get goofy over bm leaving the bc. She’s too beautiful. I’ve seen so many singers/rappers etc. who are crap actors and need to stop. She is one of those singers that you are like damn she’s/he’s good.

    GoldenAh: Yeah, thanks for that head’s up. That’s great. I thought Lifetime thought black women didn’t exist. πŸ˜€

    That used to be one of my favorite channels when I had cable. Nothing but drama. πŸ™‚

  9. xxBronzeGodessxx
    October 4th, 2011 @ 11:01 PM

    Its shot in Toronto. What I like about this show is they use real Toronto Police cars, and they use real Toronto street names and boroughs. They don’t try to blurr out the Torontonian landmarks either.
    Its a great show thanks for recognizing he though she is not on the show anymore πŸ™‚

    GoldenAh: The show’s moved to another network, but it’s been a while since I’ve watched it. Well, I enjoyed it while she was on. I need to do a part 2 update of TV shows black actresses are on. A lot of shows have come and gone.

  10. BWMM
    October 28th, 2013 @ 4:14 PM

    The same with Continuum on SYFY. Don’t know about the webseries of the same name.

    I love the Murdoch Mysteries. Wish it would have bee picked up on one of either the cable networks or the majors.

    The new Sinbad wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t bad either. It’s funny how the creators used actual on location as opposed to green/blue screen.



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