In the event you had been to think about the ~fanciest~ trip locations within the U.S., Martha’s Winery would doubtless spring to thoughts. In spite of everything, the island has been a go-to place for the wealthy and well-known to relax and chill out for many years. What you might not notice is that the buzzy New England getaway simply south of Cape Cod shouldn’t be solely stuffed with historic cottages and pristine seashores, but it surely’s additionally the place you’ll discover Oak Bluffs, a beloved enclave for Black People. Actually, Martha’s Winery is usually considered “The Black Hamptons,” and FOX is giving viewers an inside have a look at the distinctive historical past behind Oak Bluffs within the new present Our Kind of People, an adaption of Lawrence Otis Graham’s critically-acclaimed e book of the identical identify.
From author and govt producer Karin Gist (Star) and govt producer Lee Daniels (Empire, Star), this dishy, thrilling sequence follows strong-minded single mother Angela Vaughn (performed by Yaya DaCosta) as she units out to reclaim her household identify and alter the world along with her revolutionary haircare line that celebrates the pure great thing about Black ladies. Nevertheless, a household secret about her mom’s previous threatens to shake up her world and the group. The binge-worthy drama offers viewers a enjoyable and attractive glimpse into the elite panorama of Oak Bluffs, the place Black excellence and pure Black magnificence are displayed in all their glory.
To get a preview of the real-life Oak Bluffs, we turned to Cosmopolitan Magnificence Director Julee Wilson, who takes an annual journey there along with her husband and two sons. The city holds a particular place in her coronary heart: It’s the place she bought married, and her husband has a household dwelling there. “I at all times name it my completely happy place,” says Wilson. “Oak Bluffs is actually an enclave for Black of us to have a spot the place we will actually simply chill out and be amongst one another. We may be round our household. We’re not working. We’re making an attempt to not fear about something. We simply sit on the seaside all day and simply take in the water and the solar and one another.”
Forward of the September 21 premiere of Our Sort of Folks, Wilson shares the go-to spots in Oak Bluffs and its neighboring areas that she’s been frequenting within the final 15 years for magnificence goodies, souvenirs, and attractive treats.
“In the event you go as much as Oak Bluffs, you have to go and get Again Door Donuts. It is a bakery and a espresso store through the day—and you will get the donuts any time, however everybody waits till the evening once they promote donuts out of the again door. It is kitschy in one of the best ways potential. The donuts are price ready for, and it is also an superior spot to socialize since everybody’s simply standing and ready for his or her flip to order.”
“Cousen Rose Gallery is a extremely nice Black-owned artwork gallery in Oak Bluffs. The proprietor, Zita Cousen, sells quite a lot of art work from Black artists. It is an incredible present store, too, if you wish to get one thing earlier than you allow the island. To not point out, supporting a Black-owned enterprise is necessary.”
“There’s an incredible Black chef on the island named Chef Deon. After we’re in Oak Bluffs, our shut household associates will rent him to do clambakes out on the seaside. You could find him and footage of his unimaginable meals at @chefdeonmv.”
“Situated in Edgartown, a neighboring city of Oak Bluffs, Salte is that this large, stunning, super-thoughtfully curated way of life retailer. My good friend Nia, who additionally has a house in Oak Bluffs, put me onto the shop — and now I’ve to go each single time I am there. They’ve magnificence merchandise, presents, dwelling items, clothes—every part you possibly can consider. I additionally love the truth that the store has magnificence manufacturers that you do not see in every single place, like Conscious Coconut and Eir NYC. They’re additionally nice for solar merchandise you possibly can placed on whenever you’re out within the solar and for after-sun care.”
“Out in Winery Haven—one other city near Oak Bluffs—is Mansion Home, a stupendous spa. Whereas I often get my nails executed earlier than I am going out to Martha’s Winery, we’re there for 2 weeks, so if my nails get chipped or if I resolve on a whim I wish to change my pedicure colour, I’ll cease there. Additionally they do facials and massages.”
“Virtually everybody that visits Martha’s Winery will get a Black Canine-branded merchandise as a memento. I really feel prefer it’s a type of issues the place you have to get a Black Canine t-shirt or sweatshirt to stamp that you have formally been to Martha’s Winery. One factor I believe folks may not know is there is a Black Canine outlet in Oak Bluffs. It’s this place off the crushed path on the town the place you do not have to pay retail value.”
Our Kind of People premieres Tuesday, September 21 at 9/8c. Tune in for a present that is each a juicy drama and a joyous celebration of Black magnificence.
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