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An all-Black version of The Golden Girls hits the internet today

The Golden Girls all-Black version
L-R: Sanaa Lathan, Regina King, Alfre Woodward (bottom) and Tracee Ellis Ross as The Golden Girls (Photo: Instagram)

Four Black actresses will be slipping into the roles of The Golden Girls today for a special Zoom performance.

The unique event will feature Tracee Ellis Ross (of Black-ish fame), alongside Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, and Regina King. All four women shared the news on their respective social media channels, with a link to how fans can watch the event.


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They also shared a photo of the original Golden Girls, and then a second photo with their own faces imposed upon it. It appears Lathan is Blanche, King is Dorothy, Ross is Rose and Woodard is Sophia.

The original Golden Girls sitcom ran from 1985 to 1992 and starred Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Estelle Getty (Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia respectively).

The virtual watch party will take place online at 6pm PT/9pm ET. It will be free to watch but you have to register in advance.

The episode will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and hosted by Lena Waithe. The event is taking place in partnership with Zoom, and “supporting Color of Change – the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.”

It is not known if the actresses will be recreating a classic episode or presenting new material.

Despite ending almost 30 years ago, the popularity of The Golden Girls has remained undiminished among its hardcore fans – which include many in the LGBTQ community. There have been all-drag versions of the show on stages of gay venues across the US, and even a puppet version in 2016! Variety magazine recently published its list of what it considers to be the 25 best episodes.

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