A new scripted drama series from creators Kenny Young, Phil James, and Vernon “Xtreme” Brown is coming to WEtv and ALLBLK this fall called Kold x Windy. The project consists of 8 episodes and will be WEtv’s return to scripted TV. The Kold x Windy series will premiere on Thursday January 5th at 10pm EST.
Kold x Windy follows rising hip-hop and drill star Malika (stage name Kold), who is desperate to create a better life for her and her son in Chicago’s south side. Her trusted confidant and group member Renee (stage name Windy) is a rapper with a strong dedication to the city streets.
As Malika’s career begins to ignite, her lifelong hustle – credit card fraud – catches up with her and rival drill artists see her as a threat. Faced with increasing pressure, she soon finds herself at a crossroads and must decide which path to choose.
However, Renee—who also dabbles in credit card fraud—disagrees with her bestie’s desire to change their image and will stop at nothing to prevent it. Will Malika be able to break free of her life of crime to achieve her music dreams and save her family?
“Kold x Windy is a significant and thought-provoking survival story shedding light on the strong influence Drill culture has on our city streets and social media that has become so controversial,” said Brett Dismuke, General Manager of ALLBLK & WEtv in a statement to Deadline Magazine. “Our goal is to pull back the curtain and give viewers a first-hand look at these strong female characters humanizing them as we paint a vivid picture of the personal relationships, real-life challenges, and ongoing cycles that can be challenging to overcome.”
He continued, “Notably, Kold x Windy will mark the return of WEtv into the scripted space after several years, and to do so with such a culturally relevant and timely story as this, feels like an excellent opportunity for us to introduce a new element to, WEtv’s current programming mix.”
Watch the Kold x Windy series trailer below:
Meet the Cast:
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Sh’Kia Augustin as Malika “Kold” Wise:
Sh’Kia Augustin (née Dennis) is an American actress, writer, producer, and singer born to an African American mother and Jamaican father. She was born and raised in small-town Oakland, Florida, where she began singing in the church choir from a young age.
Augustin started playing the flute in middle school and attended Florida Atlantic University on a music/band scholarship. She went on to graduate with a BBA in finance and music business. Her writing journey began at FAU during her tenure as the President of the Black Student Union. She co-wrote and directed a stage play titled “The Makings of a Man: Penis Monologues,” which was performed for the entire student body. Since then, her pilot scripts have placed in various screenplay competitions, including as a Quarterfinalist in Screencraft. After graduating, she began performing in community theaters and local film productions and writing, producing, and starring in her own web series and short films.
She is best known for her recurring role as the voice of Shonda on CW’s Black Lightning.
Nijah Brenea as Renee “Windy” Johnson:
Nijah Brenea is an actor that has lived in most of the southeast of the U.S., but is primarily from Columbus Ga. She attended The University of West Georgia where she graduated with a 3.9 GPA and obtained her BA in psychology with a concentration in adolescent development. While attending college, she participated in poetry showcases where she discovered her passion for acting. Shortly after college in 2017, she started training with Angela Davis and now is studying under Bruce Blackshear at B. Leave It Studio. She also appears in Issa Rae’s RapSh!t.
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Brely Evans as GeeGee:
Brely Evans was born on December 9, 1972 and is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, author and comedian. Evans was born and raised in Oakland, California. She was briefly in the early 1990’s R&B group Emage. Her first notable film role was in the 2010 romantic comedy Just Wright starring Queen Latifah. In 2012, she appeared in musical film Sparkle. Her other film credits include He’s Mine Not Yours (2011), David E. Talbert’s Suddenly Single (2012), Black Coffee (2014), The Man in 3B (2015), and the leading role in You Can’t Fight Christmas (2017).
On television, Evans had a recurring role on the BET drama series Being Mary Jane and TV One comedy series Born Again Virgin. In 2019, Evans was cast in two series regular roles. First, a female lead on the Bounce TV comedy series Last Call opposite Charles Malik Whitfield. Later that year, she began starring in the Oprah Winfrey Network prime time soap opera, Ambitions playing Rondell Lancaster, the sister of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster (Brian J. White). The series was canceled after one season.
In 2020, she appeared in the second season of BET crime drama The Family Business and starred in the Urban Movie Channel comedy-drama series For the Love of Jason and Terror Lake Drive. She currently stars on BET’s ‘Haus of Vicious‘ series with Tami Roman.
Fred Thomas Jr. plays Detective Caine. He is an actor and director, known for 22 Years (2015), 24 Hour Love (2013) and Ladies Book Club (2016).
Kold x Windy is co-created by Kenny Young, Phil James, and Vernon “Xtreme” Brown of Chalice Entertainment. Lauren Gellert, EVP of Development and Original Programming, David Stefanou, SVP of Original Programming and Development and Nikki Love, SVP of Production and Development (ALLBLK) serve as Executive Producers for WE tv.
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