A Conversation with TV Writer Benjamin Cory Jones

One of the writers of Amazon Prime’s original series HAND OF GOD talks about how he got his career going. A must-read for newbs:

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If you were a fly on the wall watching Benjamin Cory Jones work, it might seem like he’s got a pretty easy job.

A noted television writer with a slew of credits under his belt- the Amazon Prime original series Hand of God, starring Ron Perlman- being his most recent gig, Jones spends his days typing away at his computer. And that’s all you would typically see. “Nothing too laborious,” you might say. But what you’d be missing, and what you wouldn’t see is the enormous accountability that Jones takes on every time he bares his soul on the page, and the huge amount of power he yields.

Yes, with his team, consisting of director Anthony Hemingway (Red Tails), Anthony’s producing partner Mark Taylor and producer Lena Waithe (Dear White People), Jones is committed to changing the prevailing conversation taking place in the mainstream as well as behind closed doors about what it really is like to be an African American man in the United States.

For starters, not only is he leading by example, proving that there are avenues available to black men outside of music or sports, but he’s also providing this country and the world with a completely new black experience and a new family dynamic in his new comedy Bros Before Hos, starring Dijon Talton (Glee), Kevin Phillips (Red Tails), Tuffy Questell (How To Make it In America), Dana Sorman (Harry’s Law), Nia Jervier (Dear White People) and Kristofer Gordon. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jones and getting the inside scoop on what lights him up, starting with his new pilot Bros Before Hos.

Comparatively based on Jones’ own life, and now in development at a major network, Bros Before Hos tells the story of three African American brothers, one gay and two straight, as they navigate their way through life in Los Angeles. “And the two straight brothers actually love the fact that their brother is gay,’’ Jones commented. “So the fact that he’s gay is really not a big deal because they’re all just out trying to find love, happiness and be a family.”…

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