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With 2 Daytime Emmy Noms, Here’s Another Reason to Watch Hit Youtube Series ‘Giants’

With 2 Daytime Emmy Noms, Here's Another Reason to Watch Hit Youtube Series 'Giants'
James Bland & Vanessa Baden Kelly via giantstheseries IG

By Sharee Silerio

Have you ever watched a show that depicted your life story so accurately that you thought it was about you? No? Me either. But there is a web series on YouTube that comes very close, and it’s called “Giants.”

The hit series is executive produced by Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), and its two leads – actor James Bland and actress Vanessa Baden Kelly – were nominated for Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.
Created by Bland, who plays Malachi, the show – which is on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel – is “a coming of adulthood drama series that follows the lives of three black millennials, each battling their own inner giants as they approach age thirty.”

Kelly, who has appeared in many of our favorite childhood shows on Nickelodeon, from “Keenan and Kel,” to “Gullah Gullah Island” and “My Brother and Me,” plays Journee and writes for the series.

On Instagram, both Bland and Kelly share their excitement about the news:
With 2 Daytime Emmy Noms, Here's Another Reason to Watch Hit Youtube Series 'Giants'
Via Vanessa’s IG

With 2 Daytime Emmy Noms, Here's Another Reason to Watch Hit Youtube Series 'Giants'
photo via James IG

If you haven’t watched the series, you must! It’s authentic, exhilarating, and accurately depicts the struggle to find one’s way in life, love and self. From mental illness to survival, sexual identity, relationships, careers, dreams, obstacles and the beauty of life in the midst of such pain, it leaves no door locked. Check out the series trailer below:

It literally feels like you’re watching someone’s diary unfold before your eyes. The first season of “Giants,” which premiered in 2017, has over 800,000 views and counting. The current and second season premiered last month, with new episodes available to stream every Wednesday.

Watch the first season on YouTube now, then catch up on season two here. This is a series you don’t want to miss. Congratulations to James and Vanessa on this amazing accomplishment, and best wishes!

Are you keeping up with ‘Giants?’ Let us know your thoughts!

Sharee Silerio is a St. Louis-based freelance writer, Film and TV writer-producer, and blogger. When she isn’t creating content for The Root or The St. Louis American, she enjoys watching drama/sci-fi/comedy movies and TV shows, writing faith and self-love posts for, relaxing with a cup of chai tea, crafting chic DIY event décor, and traveling. Review her freelance portfolio at then connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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