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Despite the fact that fourth season of “Selling Sunset” has come to a close, a new day ― or new Netflix series, rather ― is dawning. On Wednesday, Allure Realty, a Black-owned, all-women brokerage, will make its television debut in “Selling Tampa.”

As the Oppenheim Group of “Selling Sunset” conquers the West Coast, paratrooper-turned-entrepreneur Sharelle Rosado and her team of seven agents ― Alexis Williams, Anne-Sophie Petit-Frere, Colony Reeves, Juawana Colbert-Williams, Karla Giorgio, Rena Frazier and Tennille Moore ― aim to dominate the Sunshine State.

Replete with lavish open houses, million-dollar deals, and one suave recurring suitor, Season 1 of “Selling Tampa” shows the women navigating life, love and where their professional loyalties lie. (For “Girlfriends” character and real estate agent Toni Childs, this show would be a dream.)

“Selling Tampa” is a departure from reality television like “Basketball Wives” or the “Real Housewives” franchise that focus on Black womanhood merely in proximity to high-profile men. Rosado founded the brokerage in 2019. Rosado was approached about the series opportunity and spent time looking for the right producers.

“I didn’t want the typical stereotype of just drama, drama, drama,” Rosado told HuffPost of the show, which is produced by Adam DiVello with Done and Done Productions. “I want to show the world that you only get one lifetime, one chance at this, to actually allow the world to see you. I want to show the world that not only are we beautiful, smart minority women, but we can sell homes too and we can tap into that luxury world.”

After over a decade of service in the military, Sharelle Rosado pivoted to real estate, founding Allure Realty's Tampa Bay office in 2019.
Sharelle Rosado served more than a decade in the military before turning her focus to real-estate. She founded Allure Realty’s Tampa Bay location in 2019.
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Reeves was 30, and closed her first Allure Realty deal. In Episode 1, Reeves shares that at her previous brokerages, she was often “the only person who looked like me.”

“My hope is to inspire other women, other Black women who are looking at us and looking to get into the real estate industry, specifically luxury real estate, because you don’t see a lot of us,” Reeves says. “When we took on doing this show, it was really important to represent. That’s really the main goal.”

The cast examines the challenges of life, frayed relationships and vulnerability at work throughout Season 1. Colbert-Williams told HuffPost she hopes “Selling Tampa” shows audiences and Black women that the personal and professional are not inherently mutually exclusive.

"I didn’t want the typical stereotype of just drama, drama, drama,” Rosado said. “I want to show the world that not only are we beautiful, smart minority women, but we can sell homes too and we can tap into that luxury world.”
“I didn’t want the typical stereotype of just drama, drama, drama,” Rosado said. “I want to show the world that not only are we beautiful, smart minority women, but we can sell homes too and we can tap into that luxury world.”
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“You can still have a career and profession and still have a personal life, even though your personal life may not be perfect,” Colbert-Williams said. “I think being vulnerable at some point and sharing maybe what you’re going through ― like, I see these women every day ― I think that that helped me get through some things.”

However, beneath all the brotherhood there are occasional riffs. Flawed tempers. And moments of light shade. This is classic reality television. With their flagship Tampa office as the backdrop, “Selling Tampa” highlights generational differences between Black women in the workplace.

Petit-Frere, 27, refers to herself and Reeves as the “nieces” of the office among “aunties,” but she said she appreciates the age dynamic within Allure Realty.

While Anne-Sophie Petit-Frere (right) refers to herself and Colony Reeves (left) as the "nieces" of Allure Realty, Petit-Frere appreciates the age dynamic within the office.
Anne-Sophie Petit-Frere refers to Colony Reeves and herself as the “nieces” at Allure Realty. Petit-Frere however appreciates the diversity of age within the office.
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“For me, as the youngest member of the cast, I think these aunties are not as ‘aunty’ as we think. They are modern, I believe. They’re more trendy. I didn’t really feel much of the gap, except for sometimes,” Petit-Frere said with a laugh, noting that she occasionally has to explain slang and TikTok to Frazier. “It’s great for me, especially because I’m able to talk to these women when faced with certain obstacles. Of course, they’re a lot older and wiser so I’m able to get advice from them.”

But “Selling Tampa” wouldn’t be a genuine real estate reality show without a fierce competitive edge. Allure Realty’s ladies are ready to confront colleagues when they get into a stalemate, over commission splits or botched sales. Williams and Frazier agreed that resolution can be achieved, no matter how difficult.

“I think it’s important to make sure that people understand that you can have disagreements at work and you can not get along,” Williams said, “but you can still be cordial, you can still be friends, you can still move forward and carry a business relationship, and be OK with that.”

Apart from closing deals in heels throughout Season 1, the women of “Selling Tampa” navigate life, love and where their professional loyalties lie.
Apart from closing deals in heels throughout Season 1, the women of “Selling Tampa” navigate life, love and where their professional loyalties lie.
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“This is really about empowerment,” Frazier added. “Sharelle and I are friends, and we will always be friends. But sometimes, we disagree about how things should be run, and that’s OK. That’s real life. But to know that we can do it in a respectful way, I think that’s the takeaway.”

Frazier stated that women at Allure Realty will support one another no matter what. However, can they survive the firestorm of friendship and business that is inevitable? You’ll have to watch to find out.

“Selling Tampa” premieres Wednesday on Netflix.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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