PHOENIX, Jan. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Christine Brown, aunt of actor and legendary R&B singer-songwriter Chris Brown, keeps it taste-temptingly real in the kitchen with a television series that celebrates making normal food for normal people, Black-owned streaming service Paradox Universe today announced.
Arriving in time to kickoff Black History Month, "Cooking with OhSoBella" premieres Feb. 1. on Paradox Universe. Six episodes already have been recorded, according to producer-director Joseph Mbah.
The show—catering to an audience mainly of young African-American women—gives Brown "the chance to be herself and have fun creating great dishes in the casual, ‘regular folk’ way," Mbah said.
The fun unfolds in a conventional TV studio kitchen, but that’s the only thing conventional about "Cooking with OhSoBella," he promised.
"There’s no hiding the blemishes—sometimes Christine’s ingredients don’t all end up in the mixing bowl, sometimes she blurts out profanities when things don’t go right, sometimes she even does spit-takes while drinking bottled water when she can’t believe what she’s just seen or heard from her guests," Mbah explained. "Christine makes mistakes and laughs about it and we keep it all in. The bloopers are baked into the show, which is an embrace of everyday cooking’s imperfections."
Mbah—who is also the CEO of Paradox Universe—said Brown has long hungered to serve up this type of program.
"But everyone she collaborated with to make her ideas a reality kept trying to push her into formulaic presentations that have been overdone and that audiences are tired of seeing," Mbah offered. "All Christine wanted was a show where she could truly be herself and have a grand old time creating magic in the kitchen. Paradox Universe alone was able to catch her vision and make it happen."
Mbah said he believes "Cooking with OhSoBella" (OhSoBella is Brown’s Instagram handle) will be a ratings success because "we’ve all had it up to here trying to be ‘perfect’ in the kitchen and in other aspects of our lives. This show is about being normal and appreciating that normal is cool."
Each episode isn’t just about food, Mbah indicated. "Christine will also be sharing stories about her life’s journey," he said. "The food is her way of exploring different cultures—and doing so by taking a unique, healthy, and soulful approach."
In the debut episode, Brown demonstrates how to make drunken fried chicken, a favorite from her childhood in the Deep South.
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About Paradox Universe
Paradox Universe is a streaming platform for movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Black-owned platform was co-founded by Nigerian-born filmmaker Joseph Mbah (now a U.S. citizen) and other filmmakers looking to share and create unique content overlooked by other platforms. Paradox Universe is also an immersive, multimedia, cinematic universe; a universe where anything is possible, with an endless capacity for storytelling. The platform’s mission: to keep things simple for ordinary people. Mbah, who is the chief executive officer of Paradox Universe, states his personal goals are to see the platform triumph as a vehicle for reaching underserved audiences (especially people of color uprooted by the diaspora) and to help change the world’s perception of Black people.
SOURCE Paradox Universe LLC