What Rewatching Girlfriends Taught Me About My Own Friendships
Although Girlfriends originally aired on UPN on Sept. 11, 2000, I haven't been able to stop rewatching it ever since it hit Netflix exactly 20 years later on the same day. Because I was so young back then, watching reruns with my mom now has made me realize how little of the show I actually remember. And tuning in with a more mature lens makes me feel as though I'm watching it for the first time.
When watching a show like Girlfriends, it's almost impossible not to relate to one or more of the four women. Not only do I see glimpses of myself in certain characters, but I see my friends in them, too. And the more I watch, the more I realize it isn't just Lynn, Maya, Joan, or Toni I identify with, but the moments they share with each other.
It's important to see successful Black women on television. It's just as important to see Black women on television in their most vulnerable moments, navigating life and all the curveballs it throws their way. Whether those are between each other or tackling them together, Girlfriends reminds me that having my girls around is worth it even during times when it feels like the opposite. It reminds me that no matter what I'm going through, my girls will always be there for me, just like I'll always be there for them. Keep reading for nine things Girlfriends taught me about friendship.