What is Black-ish? I’m sure you asked that question when all the ads started popping up, promoting what is now considered televisions, “New Hit Comedy Series” and in my opinion, it is! The Johnson family is relatable to every generation, covering topics like, having “the talk”, spanking, bullying, while putting a comedic spin on racial awareness. This isn’t just a family who happens to be black, this IS A BLACK FAMILY and they’re here to stay! Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a private screening of the show with the entire cast, including creator Kenya Barris.
Rainbow, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, is a wife, mother and an anesthesiologist who’s at the top of her game and her husband Andre, (Anthony Anderson) is a successful advertising executive. With a biracial wife and raising 4 children in a colonial home in the suburbs, Andre aka Dre starts to wonder if they have lost touch with the black community. I mean “the boy” Andre Jr. (played by Marcus Scribner) would rather play hockey than basketball and their daughter Zoey’s (Yara Shahidi) goal in life is to have 100,000 Instagram followers. When he starts to questions their “blackness”, he realizes that “being black” is much more different than it was in his era and that’s ok.
No, they’re not the new Cosby’s, but I think they are America’s new Modern Family. Paraphrased from Ms. Ross, black people have watched white families on TV for years and have resonated with them, how about they watch us on TV and relate too! From skin colors, hair textures and personalities, each character has their own uniqueness, debunking the stereotype that all black people have to look, act or even dress a certain way. Being Black-ish isn’t someone “trying to be black” or lacking thereof, but rather an evolution of accepting and embracing black culture, in a world inspired by it. I mean, we all have a little Black-ish in us anyways, right?
Congratulations to the entire cast for being picked up for a second season and kudos to ABC for putting Black-ish on their network. We need MORE positive shows like this!
Season 2 of Black-ish premieres Wednesday, Sept 23 at 9:30 on ABC.
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