Gabrielle Union to lead all-Black table read of ‘Friends’

The girls from the hit ’90s comedy “Friends” have reunited on Sunday for the virtual Emmys. But that’s not the only fan-favorite show rumor. On Tuesday night, Gabrielle Union-Wade will host a reading table for an episode, “Friends.” It will include an all-black cast as part of a campaign to raise awareness about voting rights.


Salli Richardson-Whitfield will headline Tuesday’s stellar cast, including Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba as Phoebe, First Wives Club’s Ryan Bathe as Rachel, and Aisha Hinds as Monica.


The male cast also stars, with Sterling K. Brown from “This Is Us” as David Schwimmer’s Ross, Kendrick Sampson as Joey, and Jeremy Pope as Chandler.

The group will perform “The One Where No One’s Ready

They will perform “The One Where No One’s Ready,” the 2nd episode of the series,’ which originally aired in 1996. 

Tuesday’s event is part of a new series as “Zoom Where It Happens”. An initiative aims to “catalyze voters and intensify the fight for equity through culture”. The series is “presented by black artists to raise awareness, create and activate the franchise,” the website continues.

The “Friends” episode will highlight the “When We All Vote” campaign by Michelle Obama, a non-profit organization that aims to increase turnout in all elections.


“We selected popular four-quadrant shows to appeal to a wide range of potential voters,” Bathe said in a press release announcing the series. “We are full of excitement to see how many people accept the series and are actively there to publish the vote in November.”

The “Friends” table is the second event of its kind organized by the initiative. The first was a painting with the name “Golden Girls” with Alfre Woodard, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Sanaa Lathan. The September 8 event attended Color of Change, a national organization for racial justice.

The series will continue to feature table readings from unannounced programs ahead of the November 3 election.


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