“Caribbean Wives of South Florida,” a pilot reality show promising a positive portrayal of Caribbean culture, will premiere in Manhattan on Nov. 15, reports the NY Daily News.
Debuting with a red carpet event at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., “CWSF” is looking to capitalize on the popularity — and drama — of such shows as “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Basketball Wives,” with the added twist of addressing “cultural challenges” in the United States.
The show is the brainchild of Maxine Tulloch, a talk show host originally from Jamaica who took out a $50,000 mortgage on her family’s home to produce the pilot.
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“I was perturbed by The Real Housewives of Miami,” Tulloch says. “South Florida is not just Hispanics. When you look at the demographics on people from the Caribbean, there are just as many of us.”
Tulloch put out various casting calls, including two that aired on the Hot 105’s popular Tom Joyner Morning Show. She was swamped with hopefuls, and wound up with a diverse group of Caribbean women.
Kendra Parker is a Jamaica-born photographer and mom to a 12-year-old aspiring track star. Terryann Ramirez, also from Jamaica, is a mother of two and a radiation therapist who treats cancer patients. Selines Silverio from the Dominican Republic is a financial analyst and personal trainer. Jamaican Cindia Azize is a former model and beauty queen. Brigette Cadet-Young, originally from Haiti, is a Miami police detective. Carmel Moise, also from Haiti, is a publisher. And Dale DeFreitas, who comes from Grenada, is a nurse.
Parker, who was out shopping for a red carpet-worthy dress on Wednesday, knew of Tulloch from her talk show. When she heard about the Caribbean Wives pilot, she thought, “It’s about damn time.”
The pilot has yet to be picked up by a network.