Black Actress on Flashpoint: Olunike Adeliyi as Leah Kerns

Flashpoint has been on CBS for four years! Where have I been? I don’t own a TV, so I don’t keep up with all the new or existing programs. Since I have to shift through Fancast, Hulu and Netflix, it’s hard to know which shows are still running and which have been canceled.

I’ve actually found a real black actress (of West African ancestry) on a prime time show! Wow. That is amazing.

It is actress Olunike Adeliyi as Officer Leah Kerns. Her character comes across as rather normal. I love the fact she wears a short natural. She isn’t strident, loud, angry, obese, fat, cheeky, overly sexy, or in any way stereotypical. She’s down-to-earth and speaks well. I appreciate seeing a black character like her on a cop drama.

The show is produced by an army of people, but I’d like to thank them for adding a respectable, dignified, and mature woman of color to their program.

The very pretty Olunike Adeliyi

Can I tell you how cool it is to see a black female cop? I wanted to be a cop at one time until I realized I might be trigger happy. I think I would prefer to be a detective. I like solving puzzles.

According to IMDb she’s in only 6 episodes. Right now, these are the ones I happen to be watching. It is wonderful to see someone with her looks (yes, I went there) on TV. I see so many beige and question-mark race women on TV, I wonder what’s going on. They have the right to get work, but I don’t want anyone pretending that that is what black women look like. Okay?

Flashpoint had me confused at first. I knew it was filmed in Canada. I watched the skylight for the show, but I’ve yet to hear them mention that it’s Canada. They don’t specify the city. Maybe I’ve missed it. It still has a very NY feel to it. All the accents sound regional like Chicago and NY to me. Very broad and very deep.

The show moves very fast, and even though it seems to involve characters issues, they aren’t deep or integral to the storyline. It’s the protagonists (new distraught gun wielding person every week) who sets things in motion, and it is the job of the police to diffuse the situation and/or neutralize this person by any means necessary. They work hard try to understand the protagonist’s motivations, issues, trigger points, family ties, and only use deadly force as a last resort.

I like the show, and will watch it for as long as Ms Adeliyi is on.

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6 Responses to Black Actress on Flashpoint: Olunike Adeliyi as Leah Kerns

  1. Shelley says:

    I really like this show and think Leah Kerns is a terrific character. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to be in the newest episodes of the show–I have heard that it was because she had movie roles that conflicted with the shooting schedule. I’m looking forward to seeing her new movies, and I hope that she’ll return to Flashpoint later in the season–as far as I can tell the character hasn’t been formally written out, so I have hope. Fingers crossed!

    GoldenAh: I hope she returns too. I liked the interaction with her and the cute blue-eyed blond guy, although I notice they got him crushing on the other chick.

    I’ll keep a look out for her movie.

    Off-tangent: I’m thrilled that Adam Rodriguez returned to CSI: Miami. Because without him on the show, I was thinking, what’s the point of watching it?

    Thanks for stopping by Shelley. :D

  2. BWMM says:

    I think I would prefer to be a detective. I like solving puzzles.

    Maybe you should be like those detectives in Cozy Mysteries (I finally found out what that style is called)

    I’ve watched FP off and on. I ways forget to watch it like I have been recently forgetting about Smallville after the CW changed the day from Thurs to Friday.

    Oh and about Canada. TV shows, movies etc. may be produced there, but still be a U. S. series. It’s cheaper to shoot in Canada. I usually know it’s a show shot in Canada or or close to Canada. Same with Australia (Farscape, Ponderosa etc.) I think NZ, but not sure.
    Many TV movies for the U. S. are shot in Canada too and they just pass it off as a city in the U. S. Same with other states that make it cheaper to shoot in the U. S. than Cali

  3. Mandange says:

    “I’ve actually found a real black actress (of West African ancestry) on a prime time show! ”

    What does the bolded mean? People like you who make such statements are simply Uncle Toms doing the work of the enemy. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    There was a time that NO ONE wanted to be Black and that time still persists today. Most people don’t want to be Black or “African”. You decide to live amongst a group of Black people who are for the most part very proud of and vocal about their African heritage, and you with your sense of inferiority decide to use that as a “weakness” or a “vulnerability”….implying that they are somehow not “real Black people”. You’ve got to be out of your blessed mind.

    GoldenAh: That’s funny coming from you…. ;)

    “People” like you are why this country continues to be chaotic and disjointed…and why global Black people continue to lack unity. People like you are the reason it’s so easy to divide and exploit global Black people. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    GoldenAh: I’m happy she’s working. It’s rare to see people like her on television, you bloody twit.

    Perhaps if you weren’t such a racism chaser, and was able to read this post, you’d get what I was talking about. Unfortunately, you are functionally illiterate, so everything I wrote was an imagined insult.

    Have a nice day, dumbass.


  4. phipps,e says:

    i love her,she’s good

  5. Norman Patak says:

    Well, she looks pretty hot for a black cop. If all female cops look like that, then I won’t mind being questioned on the road. I hope to see her on our TV screen as well.

    Anyways, you have a nice blog. I enjoyed reading your posts. Keep it up!

  6. Bobbie Albee says:

    Olunike looks hot, I agree. She also has the body of a supermodel, I wonder if she has thought of switching careers.

    To be honest, I haven’t seen her in the movies or elsewhere, but I certainly would not mind seeing her if I had the opportunity. Maybe then I could see if she really is good at acting.

    I enjoyed reading your article, anyway. Thank you so much.

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