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Watch Episode Four Of New Comedy Web Series ‘No Strings, Please’

Watch Episode Four Of New Comedy Web Series 'No Strings, Please’

As I recently stated last week in another
post, many of these new black web series are becoming indistinguishable from each

Most of them seem to deal with the lives and loves of 20-something year olds, and they’re all starting to look alike (How about a series about relationships between 40-somethings or
50-somethings year olds? You know people who have lived a life?).

But I say that to state that the on-going web
series, No Strings, Please, to its
credit, is going for something different. It’s a more quirky, oddball sort of
series with a quirky, oddball sort of person at the center of it, named Charley
Parker, as played by Naima Ramos-Chapman.

If I recall correctly, one commentator called
a previous episode “offensive,
which any filmmaker would be overjoyed about. I would rather make something
that offended someone rather than have the person say “Hmmm yeah… It was all right.
I guess.

So with that, here’s episode number 4 of No
Strings Please.

The series is written and directed by Gemal Woods, and produced by Dawn L. Hall,  who says in this latest episode “Charley drifts off into a light nap in her cubicle at
work during her break. She has a “comic book styled” daydream that
ends abruptly. She then ventures off for the remainder of her lunch
break to get some tea and to read a self help book. Along her journey of
reading and sipping, she bumps into a very mysterious man.

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"if they're too many stories from the younger folks, and the site's moderators are tired of them, they shouldn't post them, they should hold out for the 40 year old creator's web series to surface. A lot of the posts on this site seems to be embedded with personal opinions/attacks from the writer. I don't know if it's to spark attention, or to make people feel a type of way so they go harder in the comments section.. all of you seems to…" ~ Twentysomething years old Ms. Well

WELL WELL WELL, Ms. Wells, in a previous comment I tried to address your concerns, however, after re-reading said comment, I realized it may have been a bit confusing (that's par for me), so let me reiterate.

As KNIGHT3K comment will attest, one never knows who's reading S&A's post, nor do we know their agenda or how they've interpreted what was written. Yet, fortunately, for the most part S&A has that mix covered. Their writers/authors/contributors (contrary to what you believe) are a mix bag. Some will get down and dirty with frisky commenters. Some write with a confrontational flare. Others simply present a piece of information with limited commentary. They all DO NOT do ANYTHING the same. Some are young-ish, some are in their thirties & forties, and some, lets just say, are seasoned.

Aside from their differences in age, they each are on completely different walks in life. Needless to say, they each have different writing styles/techniques. Not only are their styles different, depending on what they're writing about, each individual's style may change from day to day. That's a given which should be expected, right? So when you throw the blankets of "all of you seem to"… and… "A lot of the posts on this site" and "all of you seems to write from the pretense that you can do no wrong" over the entire S&A crew, I believe you've committed a grievous error in judgement.

Listen, the basic similarity in the following S&A contributors is their skin color, that's it. Let's start with one of the youngest writers, then go from there. I will not mention their writing styles nor their walk in life, but I believe most who read this site already know who's at the end of the pen. Masha Dowel, Curtis John, Jai Tiggett, Andre Seawood, Tanya Steele, Tambay, Cynthia, Vanessa Martinez, Zeba Bley and Sergio. Each of those individuals are completely different in their walk, talk and writing styles. And the door has always open for guest contributors like Jake Austin, Dwanka Brooks, Phill Branch and a host of other brave souls who had something they'd like to share with the black film-watching community. So get your groove on, pickup a pen, so you can talk about something you know — in whatever style you choose to do so.


Right that we need more voices of less self-centered ages — or, actually, different ages self-centered about more pressing issues.

I'll have to watch the first episodes, because what was occurring to the characters in ep4 did not grab me (especially on a superficial level, sleeping in a cubicle and putting liquid from a homeless person's bottle into one's cup…)

Good to see Teaism still open. I haven't been to DC in a while.


I'm in my thirties so I guess I'm completely irrelevant.


Something is happening in the air around me. Over the last few weeks I found myself in agreement with Tambay and AccidentalVistor on the film The Butler ( AV and I seldom see eye to eye) and today, Sergio and I seem to be on the same page (TWICE in one day!) so what in the world is going on around here?

I don't know but this Web series caught my eye for exactly the reasons Sergio spoke of… and more. First, it was different, fresh, witty and "smart". Also, in the first episode I loved the scene changes and the camera movements, particularly the exterior shots. This is obviously not a slam-bam, thank you ma'am production.

The subtle narration also gets my hat tip… and the lead actress is doing a commendable job. And the music selections sets the perfect tone. It's not the usual same ol' same ol' old school R&B or the latest rap song, or some lame elevator music.

Yep, No Strings is playing all the right cords.


Tell some 40 and 50 yr olds to start making web series the internets is an open forum


I completely agree. This show is so unpredictable to me, and I love it. This type of variety speaks to Viola Davis's words when she spoke about being a black actress, but also being an artist and not wanting to be stifled as an artist so as to not offend black people (I'm paraphrasing from that special that Oprah hosted featuring Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union earlier this year). I'm happy to see so many filmmakers producing and distributing their own work, and I hope more are inspired to go against the grain to explore the variety within our community even more. Let's not be scared, if someone says they don't like it, they still saw it! (And it probably sparked a discussion)


""..Most of them seem to deal with relationships between 20-something year olds and they’re practically all looking alike with practically the same looking people. (How about a series about relationships between 40 or 50 year olds? You know people who have lived a life?).."

Cold hard truth.

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