Much has been made of Shonda Rhimes as a black screenwriter and television producer. She undoubtedly is a trailblazer as a woman of color writing and producing shows with leading roles for African-American women. She dominates ABC’s Thursday primetime line-up with the smash hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and the newly minted series How to Get Away With Murder. However, Shonda isn’t the only black writer in TV land.
While it’s true the television screenwriting world remains disproportionately white — whites make up a staggering 83.7% of the Writers Guild of America’s 2013 TV staffing brief — there are other noteworthy black writers contributing to the small screen.
Jameel Saleem, writer for another ABC series, the rambunctious new comedy Manhattan Love Story, is one of those emerging talents. At 33, Saleem has multiple short films under his belt, two feature length independent films, and an acting resume.
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