Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Diarra from Detroit mixes comedy and mystery

Diarra Kilpatrick, an Emmy Award-winning actress, has partnered with the esteemed executive producer Kenya Barris to showcase her talents in the comedic mystery series “Diarra from Detroit,” exclusively available on the BET+ streaming platform. The narrative follows Diarra (portrayed by Kilpatrick), who is currently undergoing divorce proceedings with Francois, also known as Swa (played by Morris Chestnut). She relocates to her old community after receiving counsel from her confidant, Aja (played by Dominque Perry), and colleague, Mr. Tea (played by Bryan Terrel Clark).

Following their suggestions, Diarra decides to utilize the Tinder dating application. Initially impressed by her date, she is left in a state of confusion when communication abruptly halts. She believes she has been “ghosted” and seeks closure. This reaction initiates a sequence of events that reveal a multi-dimensional narrative delving into the shadowed aspects of Detroit’s underworld. Diarra unearths a secret concealed for decades, potentially disrupting everything she believed to be accurate.

After viewing the trailer, I hesitated about checking out “Diarra from Detroit.” Thankfully, the show masterfully blended romance, suspense, and thriller elements, creating a captivating storyline that kept me hooked from the first episode. In the role of our protagonist, Diarra Kilpatrick, she brings a “Black Girl Magic moxie,” looking deeper into the disappearance of her missing date. Kilpatrick can deliver a one-liner and talk her way out of any situation. I liked the writing on the show and often found myself cracking up at some of Kilpatrick’s quips.

The supporting cast in the show is highly commendable. Dominque Perry exudes elegance in her portrayal of Aja, a serial entrepreneur who is always equipped with a plan and a prayer. Bryan Terrell Clark avoids stereotypical portrayals of his character, a member of the LGBTQ+I community. Perry’s on-screen chemistry with both cast members is excellent. Morris Chestnut’s portrayal is refreshing as he breaks away from his usual typecasting. However, the character that stands out the most is the legendary Phylicia Rashad as Vonda, who appears in Episode 3. Without disclosing too much about her character, it is worth noting that she shares an amusing anecdote about a renowned Motown singing group.

Featuring a unique blend of genres, “Diarra from Detroit” fits seamlessly into the BET+ landscape, offering a refreshing alternative to the Tyler Perry-dominated platform. With its strong performances, engaging plotlines, and unexpected twists, this series will win over audiences and become a beloved addition to the platform.

Final Grade: B+

The first three episodes of “Diarra from Detroit” premiere on Thursday, March 21, only on BET+.

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