EXCLUSIVE: Empire Student Rhyon Nicole Brown will star in the Fox drama series alongside Yaya DaCosta, Morris Chestnut, LaToya Luckett and Alana Bright. Our kind of people, by writer / executive producer Karin Gist (Star, mixed) and executive producer Lee Daniels (Empire, Star).
Written by Gist inspired by the provocative and praised book by Lawrence Otis Graham. Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class, The series takes place in the ambitious world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historic stronghold where the rich and powerful black elite have come to play for more than 50 years. Our kind of people Follow determined single mother Angela Vaughn (DaCosta) as she sets out to reclaim her family name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate and natural beauty of black women. But he soon discovers a dark secret about his mother’s past that will turn his world upside down and shake this community forever.
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Brown will play Lauren Dupont, Leah (Luckett) and the daughter of Raymond (Chestnut), a beautiful and ultra-privileged girl who rules the young social ensemble of The Bluffs and is an established social media influencer. She instantly dislikes Angela’s (DaCosta) daughter Nikki (Bright), who has the audacity to criticize her for her rude public education. However, behind the scenes, she’s trying to come to terms with her identity as a queer woman of color in her conservative community, and when Nikki discovers her secret, Lauren’s antipathy for the newcomer grows.
A co-production between 20th Television and Fox Entertainment, Our kind of people Gist and Claire Brown are executive producers through The Gist of It Productions; Daniels and Marc Velez through Lee Daniels Entertainment; Pam Williams; Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Rodney Ferrell via Propagate; and Montrel McKay.
The role reunites Brown and Daniels, who worked together on Empire. Brown had a major recurring role as Maya on the hit Fox musical drama series created by Daniels. She also starred in the movie Lifetime. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge and Michel’le. Brown is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, Cindy Cowan of Cowan Entertainment, Kotheldra Brown and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein and Lezcano.