When Scandal first aired, I distinctly remember my family discuss the infamous "Earn me" line which definitely peaked my interest, but I didn't start actually watching the show until it entered it's second or third season. When I did finally give in, I set up my laptop in my bathroom and tried to stay attentive as I retwisted my locs. From that moment, I fell in love with Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope and the Scandal universe.
I don't remember exactly when I started watching Being Mary Jane, but I also remember being similarly captivated by Gabrielle Union and her portrayal of the titular character Mary Jane (or MJ).
What I love about both of these characters, besides the fact that they are played by two of my favorite actresses, is that they gave me images of successful Black women who were where I wanted to be. I started watching Scandal around the same time I decided I would attend Howard, so of course I practiced my "It's handled" and imagined myself doing the Olivia Pope Strut™ in the streets of Washington D.C.