In ‘Diarra from Detroit,’ Diarra Kilpatrick takes a new approach to detective fiction.

Diarra Kilpatrick wrote for NBC's Debra Messing procedural “The Mysteries of Laura” and received comments from the network about having Messing's character take a date. “The network asked, ‘Do people hate her? Still, criminals are loose.” And I thought, "What?" Kilpatrick recently remarked via Zoom that she needs something.

Kilpatrick created, executive produced, and stars in BET+'s new humorous mystery series “Diarra from Detroit.” A date is the subject. Kilpatrick ("Perry Mason") plays Diarra, a divorced school teacher who returns to her old home. She spends the night with a Tinder date. Diarra's pals think she was ghosted when he doesn't respond, but she investigates. This amateur investigation puts Diarra in peril.

Ghosting happens to all my girlfriends, says Kilpatrick. They talk about it easily. They say, "He ghosted after we talked." I talked to him, then ghosted. Such a prolific act. I think no one's talking about what it says about society—that we're not communicating anymore.”

Kenya Barris, creator of “black-ish” and “grown-ish,” executive produces the series. Barris is a BET Studios partner and its first written series is “Diarra from Detroit”. Kilpatrick met Barris at the 2017 NAACP Awards and told her he read a script.

That was a major moment for me because I thought, ‘How on earth would you ever have time to read my script?’” Kilpatrick said. “It was years before it turned into anything but was just Black Hollywood ‘How do you do’ turning into something amazing.”

Kilpatrick, like her TV character, is from Detroit and has a familiar surname. Kilpatrick's father is Bernard Kilpatrick, and her half-brother is 2013 corruption convict Kwame Kilpatrick. He was pardoned by President Trump in 2021 after serving over seven years of a 28-year sentence. The father Fitzpatrick, who helped in his son's mayoral bid and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's 2002 campaign, was convicted of tax fraud in 2013 and served 10 months in prison.

Kilpatrick says she expects family queries now that she's famous. "I'm ready," she said. I recognize I must amplify my face to amplify my voice. And that's normal.” Kilpatrick credits her dad for teaching her about Detroit's areas and residents.

"I say I'm from all of Detroit because on weekends, my dad would run a campaign or whatever and I would be in the campaign office with him or canvassing, passing out literature, and urging people to vote. So I saw a lot of the city and had a warm impression of it.”

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