Family secrets are sometimes the most damaging...
Onyx is a riveting multi-cultural television series that hinges on the complicated lives of the Kennedy sisters, Addison, Aubree, and Avery, who are African American sisters that strive to protect their affluent family name. Set in St. John, Texas, the Kennedy sisters grapple to maintain order in their individual relationships, careers, and family. At the core of the Kennedy family is the dominant mother, Tracy Kennedy. Her own tumultuous past continues to haunt her on a daily basis as she maneuvers through St. John’s political community and past infidelity transgressions, all while maintaining the essence of the Kennedy name.
Branching off to make their own waves in St. John, is the Bradford family where the corruption runs deep. The Bradford brothers, Jackson, JB, and Andrew have effectively maintained an authoritative presence in the community. However, this presence has pushed the family publishing business into jeopardy when lies from the past, and present -day power struggles collide, causing cracks in the Bradford’s foundation.
Next is the Duncan family and even though their newspaper is small, their presence is not. Samantha Duncan and her sons Caleb and Gabriel have managed to stay embroiled with the influential figures of the small town. Also, on the other side of the tracks are the Carsons. Their familial dysfunction impacts almost every resident, and as their secrets are unveiled, they proved that money isn't the only currency that has power.
ONYX is at its best when it rises from the classic configuration of soap operas by putting a blaring spotlight on how America’s obsession with power, money, and lust and can turn into unimaginable greed, damaged family bonds, heinous criminal activity, and deliberate corruption. The spotlight remains bright when the television series directs the audience's attention to social themes such as mental health, substance abuse, and political and economic statuses throughout the storylines.
Keeping the plot captivating with arranged marriages, the return of several citizens, paternity testing, and abduction, Onyx highlights key appearances from scheming ex-mayors, tempting mistresses, feisty teenagers, prying news reporters, and your typical small town cattiness.
Onyx will keep audiences asking for more, but not fully prepared for what they will be ultimately given.
It’s not your mother’s soap opera…
Welcome to St. John
Meet the the community...
The Duncans have been a stable presence in St. John for years. Their small family-owned newspaper has been a mainstay in the community when it came to keeping their fingers on the pulse of who's who of St. John. However, after the death of Vince Duncan, the newspaper has struggled under the care of Samantha Duncan and her two sons, Caleb and Gabriel.
Desperately trying to keep the paper afloat, Samantha Duncan has her eldest son Caleb return to St. John to resurrect The Observer, leaving his brother Gabriel to feel left out, especially since most of the suggestions Caleb is making are ones he's already presented to his mother in the past. Caleb's return to St. John doesn't only disrupt his family but causes an additional stress, because the woman he's returned to town with is Avery Kennedy, his best friend's sister, who also happens to the daughter of Samantha's greatest headache.
Gabriel, on the other hand, takes the opportunity to show his worth by seeking out the information on the latest mystery in St. John, which leads to a much bigger story that puts him and others in danger.
The Carson have had a difficult time. The mysterious death of a parent and an absent one has made it difficult life for Janine and Daniel Carson to move through their lives. Daniel, the eldest son, has done everything he possibly can to make sure that little sister Janine is safe and secure. The result of his hard work has allowed Janine to become a small business owner and he's a detective on the for the St. John Police Department.
Janine and Daniel's lives are turned upside down when their father Richard returns to town and with him comes a host of secrets. Daniel's animosity towards his father is evident, however Janine is more willing to give their father and opportunity to make things right. Unfortunately, his indiscretions have serious consequences and effects more than just his family.