I’m calling this a bonus because I don’t usually post on Sunday, but I had to get this out.
I am in love with the ABC show black-ish. I’m sure many of you have seen it or have heard of it at one point. When the first episode aired, I was a college Junior with no television. Actually, we did have a television, but with three other girls in the house it was very hard to delegate television time. For the most part all I did was watch YouTube videos.
I say all of that to say that, I didn’t have time to sit down and watch tv. I would get texts from my mother about how she loved black-ish and she couldn’t wait for it to come on. I wish I had shared that sentiment with her.
Recently, I’ve found myself with much needed free time. One day I was flipping through the channels and I saw that the show was on. I didn’t hesitate to turn it on. I watched 4 episodes and was actually sad that the airing time was over. This show is everything, especially to me a young black woman who is actually being represented on a wholesome show.
How could you not love the show. There are greats like Jenifer Lewis, Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross. Then you have these talented newcomers Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner and Miles Brown.
The show is nothing but black excellence and what’s more important, they talk about important issues that are happening in the black community and with black families, actually families in general because contrary to popular belief black families do have some of the same experiences that other families have.
For example. Tracee and Anthony’s characters, Bo and Dre were having marital problems. A lot of couples have these issues. You get to fighting and where you were able to bounce back before, it doesn’t happen that last time. You end up fighting in front of the kids no matter how hard to tried to protect them from seeing that side of your relationship. You decide to separate, live separately and have the children go back and forth. This is something that all families deal with.
However, another episode that I saw, I know for a fact is exclusive to black experience. Marsai and Miles’ characters, Jack and Diane were in a play at their school about Christopher Columbus. Dre was not happy about this because we all know Columbus was trash. The only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace. He took his concerns to work and had Aloe Blacc come up with songs so that they could have their own play about how slaves built America. #WEBUILTTHAT. It wasn’t only a learning experience for the kids, but a learning experience for the viewers as well.
I know that we aren’t too fond of Bill Cosby right now, but The Cosby show was the blueprint. Successful parents, a doctor and a lawyer raising 5 children and did I mention they were BLACK?! Black-ish is the modern Cosby show. Again, successful parents a doctor and a marketing executive with 5 beautiful children. All black people should watch this show and tell your friends to watch too.