The TV movie “Being Mary Jane,” starring Gabrielle Union and Omari Hardwick, aired last night on BET Network. Union, 40, plays a successful TV news anchor who believes her job, her salary and her material possessions are her biggest achievements in life. But she fails at maintaining a stable relationship with a man. Like most high achievers, Mary Jane believes a man is the missing piece of her puzzle and that she deserves a man to make her life complete.
“Being Mary Jane” is a microcosm of urban life; featuring a strong black woman who supports her entire family, including her sick mother, her pregnant teenage niece, and her unemployed brother and his Caucasian baby mama, who all live together in the same house. “Having babies cannot be your biggest achievement in life,” she scolds her teenage niece who is 8 months pregnant with her second child. Her niece’s boyfriend also knocked up another girl who is 6 months pregnant.
Eventually Mary Jane, the ultimate achiever, realizes that her dreams of meeting a man who will Love only her — and no other woman (or man) are unrealistic. So she plots to “steal” a man’s sperm to impregnate herself. Mary Jane is a 40-year-old single woman who has finally figured out that her uterus serves a purpose in her empty life.
“Being Mary Jane” will air as a series on BET in Network in January 2014.