Why 'Black-ish' is Important TV
What do you do when you're off of work for six weeks, and need something to occupy your time? Find a new show to binge, of course! Which is exactly what I did during my maternity leave. One of the many TV shows I chose was ABC's, Black-ish.
I'm gonna be honest, when the show first came out it wasn't on my radar. However, when I heard that Daveed Diggs landed a recurring role, I got interested to see what it was all about. Of course by that time, the show was already two seasons in, and I'm not one to jump in to a show once it has started. I've gotta watch it from the beginning. Then, 'Hope' happened. Black-ish had finally tackled the issue that so much of Black America is talking about; police brutality.
When I got on Facebook the night that episode aired, I was beyond confused. I had never seen an episode before, and since it stars Anthony Anderson, I figured it was solely a comedy. Eventually, I binged Black-ish on Hulu, and was not disappointed.
The series centers around Andre Johnson, a Black man who's the Vice President of an ad agency, and his wife Rainbow, a bi-racial Anesthesiologist. Their lives revolve around their four children (Zoey, Andre Jr., and twins Jack and Diane), and how they deal with raising them as upper middle-class Black people.
What I love about this show is the obvious cultural differences is portrays of racial stereotypes. Andre questions his role as a father since his children have been given different opportunities than he had growing up because he has created a better life for his family than he had. Which is ever parent's dream. But the moral struggle with him lies in if his children are being coddled and spoiled (as he believes most white children are) rather than learning life lessons the hard way as he did. He's constantly asking himself, "Am I raising proud, Black children?"
To give a short answer, every episode pretty much ends in Andre and Rainbow realizing that there is no right or wrong way to raise a child. No matter the color of their skin. Parenting is all about making mistakes, learning from them, and doing the best that you can do.
Black-ish is a show that's safe and funny for people of all ages and races. It brings a lightheartedness to burning questions in the ongoing 'White v. Black' debate that most people are afraid to talk about. It's the show ABOUT Black people, FOR Black people, that should be watched by ALL people.
Black-ish returns to ABC on Tuesday, October 4th at 9/8c