A year after their first date, fate brings Evan and Gently back together when they run into each other at an art gallery and romantic feelings are rekindled; the chance meeting turns into a wild date night that results in a trip to the hospital.
Ava DuVernay created “Cherish The Day” with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. She is the executive producer of “Cherish the Day” along with Oprah Winfrey. “Ava is a visionary storyteller,” said Winfrey. “She brings so much care, so much heart, so much love to the art she creates. I’m excited to continue collaborating together with our very first anthology series for OWN.”
Chapter one of “Cherish the Day” chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compels us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. This anthology series on true black love is refreshing. It is not only by the way Evan, played by Alano Miller (“Underground”), and Gently, played by Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”), look at each other, it is their touch and the presence of true love for each other. From being in the car with each other jamming to their favorite song, to the ever so lovingly way Evan says, “Ever since I met you, all I want to do is be with you,” we LOVE this series! In our interview, Xosha Roquemore says, “It’s a beautiful black love story and I was just honored to be a part of that, especially as the romantic female lead because that’s usually not at place you see a girl that looks like me.” Alano says he brought what he loves to bring to his marriage, which is love, intelligence, and their friendship to Evan’s character.
We love the way Gently shows up to fight for her boss who she refers to as the Queen, Luma, played by the icon Cicely Tyson. In the world we live in right now, we are not given the gift to see anyone who looks like us taking up for her wiser boss and the many lessons Gently learn from Miss Luma are priceless. The way Miss Luma schools her on the reason why holding a book in your hand to read is better because you get to act the books out, is the truth! There is nothing like your imagination running, while you turn the pages. The conversations they share are an amazing depiction of how most black folks revere our wiser generation. “Last November I was honored to present Miss Tyson with her Honorary Academy Award®, so to have the opportunity to work with this force of nature who has inspired multiple generations with her talent and grace is beyond anything I can describe,” said DuVernay. Each day that she walks on set is a master class.”
Evan is an all around phenomenal black man who is about his business, a great brother to his sister and uncle to his niece. He is a black man in this world who loves to provide in his way. Through the complexities of life, Gently & Evan find themselves at a crossroad on the very FIRST date! Isn’t that life in this day and age? We do not take the time to get to know or understand one another, we are quick to judge and be gone with one another without truly getting to know who we truly are and how we both can benefit from the relationship moving forward; and then again, sometimes, things just don’t work out right! Thankfully, it’s working for these two magnetic souls, not as a fairy tale, but a true tale of love in its every so changing undoubting form. Gently says, “It’s like, your love is turning me into someone new, but I’m me!” LISTEN, I almost fell out because as independent black women, we tend to almost all the time fight against true love. We believe when we let our guard down and the vulnerabilities take shape, that’s when all hell breaks loose. That is when we have to do what Luma told Gently to do in the first episode, and that is to enjoy the moment for however long it lasts. Be true to the love and enjoy the moment, however long it lasts… Yassssss!
Each season of “Cherish the Day” will chronicle the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compels us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday; and we are definitely here for it!
Article written by Editor-In-Chief, Tunisha C. Brown @momentswithtunisha