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Being Mary Jane 

The life of a young black woman, her work, her family, and the popular talk show which she hosts.


Mara Brock Akil
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After learning she has a say in who replaces Garrett,Kara or Justin, Mary Jane questions whether Justin's overtures are motivated....

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Series cast summary:
Gabrielle Union ...  Mary Jane Paul 52 episodes, 2013-2018
Lisa Vidal ...  Kara / ... 51 episodes, 2013-2018
Raven Goodwin ...  Niecy 35 episodes, 2013-2018
Margaret Avery ...  Helen Patterson 34 episodes, 2013-2018
Richard Brooks ...  Patrick Patterson 34 episodes, 2013-2018
Richard Roundtree ...  Paul Patterson, Sr. 33 episodes, 2013-2018
B.J. Britt ...  Paul Patterson, Jr. 24 episodes, 2013-2018


The life of a young black woman, her work, her family, and the popular talk show which she hosts.

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Release Date:

2 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Быть Мэри Джейн See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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16:9 HD
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The legal name of Gabrielle Union's character is Pauletta Patterson, which is also the name of the woman she writes to in the movie Bring It On. See more »

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I loved the show! Something refreshing!!
12 July 2013 | by TeyanwilsonSee all my reviews

I loved the show!! I thought it depicted Black women family life and work life and sex life very well. Yes we try to keep everything together thats what makes Mary Jane so normal. And the above comments about no good black men being depicted. I saw her father as a loving, caring husband who instead of seeing his wife suffer by a disease he would rather her be in peace. If you have ever truly loved someone you understood his point and that is why Mary Jane is searching for love like that. Now the next good depiction of black men was the gay bi racial couple Mary Jane best friend and co anchor. He was successful and obviously happy and living his life. This show showed to me what is and can be attained. She may have sacrificed love and kids but she has everything else together. I mean as the show goes on you will see her evolve and add the other things she craved and wanted. Every woman has had a vulnerable side and done foolish things no one to judge but to put that and show it on display shows that yes we have flaws but its a working progress. This show shows every aspect of black woman from vulnerability, to strong. You cant find that on TV anywhere now . A black woman showed in a positive light without fighting and cursing. This show was brilliant and Gabrielle Union was made to be Mary Jane. Mara Brock Akil has brought back something that was missed since Girlfriends!

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