Yvette Lee Bowser

Yvette Denise Lee Bowser (born June 9, 1965)[citation needed] is an American television writer and producer. She is perhaps best known for writing and producing Half & Half, Living Single, and A Different World. With Living Single, she became the first African-American woman to develop her own prime-time series.[1]

Yvette Lee Bowser
Yvette Denise Lee

(1965-06-09) June 9, 1965 (age 54)
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Kyle Bowser

While still working as Yvette Denise Lee, Bowser started on A Different World in 1987 as one of a number of apprentices, rising in prominence in the production company over the years and eventually becoming producer by the 1991-92 season.[2] She left that show to take a position with Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.

Bowser created her own company, Sister Lee Productions, which produced or co-produced her later shows, Living Single and Half & Half. She has said in various interviews that she draws many of her characters and plots from personal experiences: "I just basically rip pages out of my diary to tell stories on TV."[citation needed] In the case of Half & Half, for example, the writer based the characters Mona and Dee-Dee on herself and an older half-sister, and plot ideas came from her experience as the youngest child in a blended family.[3]

Through Sister Lee Productions, Bowser is showrunner[4] for the critically acclaimed Netflix series Dear White People. [5][6][7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

Yvette Lee Bowser married producer Kyle Bowser in 1994. The two worked together on Living Single, Half & Half, and For Your Love.[9] She graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1983 where she attended with Holly Robinson – who was a part of the Hangin' with Mr. Cooper cast and later starred in For Your Love[citation needed]. After high school she attended Stanford University where, in 1986, she pledged the Xi Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.[10]


  1. ^ Gregory, Deborah. "Yvette Lee Bowser: the sister who took 'Living Single' straight to the top! - African American television producer," Essence, Dec. 1994
  2. ^ Brown, Malaika. Sisterhood televised: Yvette Lee Bowser and the voices she listens to - creator and executive producer of the TV show, 'Living Single,' American Visions, April–May, 1995
  3. ^ Walker, Nicole. Two sisters, two different moms—TV's 'half & half' takes a fresh look at the blended black family (cover story), Jet, March 15, 2004
  4. ^ Young, Danielle (27 April 2017). "From A Different World to Dear White People: Meet the Black-TV-Series Whisperer, Yvette Lee Bowser". theroot.com. The Root. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Dear White People (2017)". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Dear White People: Season 1 reviews". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Dear White People Season 2". Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dear White People: Season 2 reviews". Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Holmes, Kristin E.The Bible's fresh voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 4, 2006
  10. ^ "Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Xi Beta Chapter". web.stanford.edu. Stanford University. 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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