Actress, and founding Destiny’s Child member, Letoya Luckett is set to co-star opposite of Morris Chestnut and Yaya DaCosta in a new Fox drama series, “Our Kind Of People.”
The series is created by writer/executive producer Karin Gist (Star, Mixed-ish) and executive producer Lee Daniels (Empire, Star); drawing inspiration Lawrence Otis Graham’s thrilling novel, Our Kind Of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class. The drama is set in Martha’s Vineyard where for over fifty years elite African-Americans have held power. The story follows a single mother, Angela Vaughn (DaCosta) as she attempts to reclaim her family’s name while making a revolutionary impact with her burgeoning haircare line for Black Women. She soon finds nothing is as easy as it seems, and her mother holds a secret that threatens everything she holds dear.
Letoya plays Leah Franklin-Dupont, a powerful, elegant, and sophisticated businesswoman, who alongside her husband Raymond (Chestnut), seemingly rule over the well established Black elite community in Martha’s Vineyard. Leah in her own sanctimonious way feels compelled by her statue, that it is her responsibility to give back to the Black community. However, Angela’s arrival threatens her family’s legacy, Leah dedicates herself to barring her from acceptance in the community and threatening everything she holds dear.
As you may recall, Letoya is no stranger to playing the villain in a series. She portrayed “Rochelle James” for three seasons on OWN’s Greenleaf, as she attempted to destroy the lives and marriage of James and Mae Greenleaf in revenge for her father’s death. She is also currently in production on Lifetime’s Line Sisters.
Our Kind of People is set to air this Fall on Fox’s 2021-2022 line up, rumored to take on the Wednesday night airtime of 9/8 EST/CT Empire originally held. The series marks the first time in television history a scripted show on mainstream television has focused on Martha’s Vineyard’s affluent Black community, marking Fox’s continued commitment to diverse programming in its network and the large Black audience that has made some of the network’s series iconic like Martin, Living Single, New York Undercover, and as aforementioned, Empire.