- 4 Seasons
Single Ladies is comedy-drama television series that is broadcast on MTV's VH1 cable network. The show follows girlfriends, Raquel, Keisha and April, as well as their relationships in Atlanta, Georgia. Created and written by Stacy A. Littlejohn, the show is produced by rapper and actress, Queen Latifah's production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment. Directed by Tamra Davis, the show is executive produced by she and Ms. Littlejohn. Other executive producers for the show are Shakim Compere and Shelby Stone and of the Flavor Unit production company; Jill Holmes and Jeff Olde of the VH1 cable network; and Maggie Malina of the POPfilms production company. Queen Latifah has said that the goal was to have ladies discuss mature subject matter, from women who live inspired lives, with strong, emotional opinions. LisaRaye McCoy plays Keisha Greene, a former hip hop video model who is now a professional poker player. She relies heavily on her level head, rather than her heart, when it comes to relationship decisions. April Goldberg (Jenkins) is played by actress, Charity Shea. While being married to Darryl for over seven years, she develops career aspirations. She wants to advance from an assistant role to an A and R executive at the record label where she works. While she pursues her career goals, she realizes that marriage might not be ideal for her. Subsequently, on her birthday, she is served with divorce papers by Darryl. Stacey Dash plays Valerie (Val) Stokes. She purchases a clothing boutique in an upscale area of Atlanta. A former model, she is essentially a good girl in search of a decent man. Val ultimately relocated to Milan after selling her boutique to Raquel. This story line was written in after Ms. Dash made a decision to leave the series after the first season. Her character was replaced by actress Denise Vasi, who also played Raquel Lancaster, a friend of April and Keisha. Malcolm Franks is played by D. B. Woodside. Franks has converted his father's jewelry store into a very successful international business. He is a ladies' man and the ladies respond favorably to him. The character of Omar Kearse is played by Travis Winfrey, who is an employee at the boutique and also provides outspoken, frank advice to all of the women. Kassandra Clementi plays Christina Carter, a fashion intern. She has a free spirit and insatiable eye for fashion. A party girl, she is an unapologetic wild child. She fails her classes in school and is deported back to her home. The series is produced two episodes at one time to save on budget costs. The series premiered as of May 30, 2011 as a two hour feature television film.