How The Bold and the Beautiful and Karla Mosley Transformed Maya Avant Into The Black Erica Kane

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Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) may be back to reclaim her Empire on Fox, but she isn't the only soap opera ex-con who knows how to go after what she wants! This week on CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful, Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) moved into the Forrester mansion and effectively replaced dear, dead Stephanie (Susan Flannery) as the family's matriarch.

Well, as a point of fact, Rick (Jacob Young) was the one who replaced that creepy portrait of La Forrester with one of a regal Maya. Ms. Avant must have some doggone good Hello Kitty to get that dude to disrespect his late stepmonster's memory this way.

I have been living my life for The Bold and the Beautiful this January. The 30-minute sudser kicked off 2015 with a sexy, intriguing business story centered on Rick snatching the family fashion dynasty from the father and stepbrother who betrayed him.

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Maya has been firmly positioned alongside her married lover the entire time. It's only fitting, considering she was the one who exposed Rick's wife Caroline's (Linsey Godfrey) indecent collaboration with Ridge (Thorsten Kaye)!

Showrunner Brad Bell and his team of brilliant writers have masterfully transformed Maya from a mealy-mouthed, frizzy-haired, goody-goody, into a sleek, cunning black Erica Kane.

The scribes can't take all the credit. Mosley is killing every scene.

It's fascinating to watch Maya use her newly-brazen sexuality to manipulate Rick's every move. Save for precious few examples (Doreen on Generations; Dru on The Young and the Restless), women of color on daytime are rarely allowed to scheme, connive and have the same kind of delicious fun as their white female counterparts.

Maya turns back on the saccharine charm just in time for her dealings with Rick's meddlesome cousin Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer). I howled as she told Cousin Koala she and Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) had to scram from the mansion, while Maya planned a romantic evening for Rick.

I hope Mosley and Maya remain on B&B's frontburner, showing up and showing out, for the rest of the year. Check out a recent clip below of Ms. Maya Avant in all her glory!