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Interview: The Upshaws’ Mike Epps, Kim Fields, and Wanda Sykes

by Leora Heilbronn

Bennie Upshaw (Mike Epps), the head of a Black working class family in Indianapolis, is a charming, well-intentioned mechanic and lifelong mess just trying his best to step up and care for his family — wife Regina (Kim Fields), their two young daughters (Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins, Journey Christine) and firstborn son (Jermelle Simon), the teenage son (Diamond Lyons) he fathered with another woman (Gabrielle Dennis) — and tolerate his sardonic sister-in-law (Wanda Sykes), all without a blueprint for success. But the Upshaws are determined to make it work, and make it to the next level, together.

The Upshaws is co-created by Regina Hicks and Sykes, who serve as executive producers alongside Epps, and is unlike any television series you’ve ever seen before (in the best way possible). It was an honour to get the opportunity recently to sit down over Zoom video and chat with the iconic Kim Fields, Wanda Sykes, and Mike Epps to talk all about The Upshaws.

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The Upshaws is currently streaming on Netflix

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