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was a late adopter of the BET se­ries Be­ing Mary Jane. I tried it a few months af­ter its de­but and found the cast a lit­tle in­suf­fer­able and whiny.

But I even­tu­ally got into it and al­though I didn’t like Mary Jane Paul – played by Gabrielle Union – I kept watch­ing, and re­li­giously.

Sea­son three started and my sense of panic for her ca­reer is sim­i­lar to The Root’s writer Bené Viera’s. She wrote: “Within the first three episodes ... I find my­self wish­ing that the com­pli­cated woman we’ve grown to love and hate could catch a break for once.”

There I was wor­ry­ing for her well­be­ing, al­ways anx­ious that some­thing worse than what had al­ready hap­pened would hap­pen.

I ap­pre­ci­ated the fact that Mary Jane’s trauma was not treated in the many clichéd ways in which one has come to ex­pect. In­stead of the com­fort eat­ing, the cry­ing, and not wash­ing, which so many films and pro­grammes have turned into a trope, MJ, like many other peo­ple, has to get back to life, adopt re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and do her best to deal with ev­ery­thing. I ap­pre­ci­ated the treat­ment. It wasn’t con­trived and it didn’t try for drama.

David and his an­noy­ing face make an ap­pear­ance again. I was an­gered when he did be­cause (un­in­ten­tion­ally) I am now on



Gabrielle Union plays Mary Jane Paul

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