Growing up, Friday nights, TGIF was the place to be for the “end of the week” tv shows. You had Full House, Family Matters and Step by Step. Before TGIF, my family was hooked on The Cosby show because there were no shows on the had (1) leading black actor or (2) predominantly all black cast. The Cosby show and Family Matters gave us both.
And they weren’t just about drugs, violence and other stereotypical stuff set for the lone black person on the show. These shows gave black people a new perspective on TV. Yes, they were families who struggled (like on Good Times) but at the same time, son’s weren’t in gangs or doing drugs and kids werent trouble makers. Instead, the families talked about problems, kids were good in school and went off to college. It was good ole wholesome parents raising their kids the best way that they could.
During this time of divide and uncertainty in the US, Black-ish is one of the only thing shows out there that’s giving black people hope. (1) it’s a predominantly all black cast, (2) the parents are successful and living in a white neighborhood and (3) the kids are figuring out who they are by living in a digital age but having the influence of the grandparents who lived through the 1960s.
Black-ish says what probably many black people want to say but can’t necessarily find the words to explain. The show touches on and deals with, or rather discuss sensitive situations (race issue in American, Trump being elected, Black holidays and more) and they doing it a very comedic yet serious manner.
It’s not a show that puts down other races or ethnicities, nor is it a show about scheming and violently making your way to the top. It’s a breath of fresh air that I encourage everyone to watch. You don’t have to be black to relate to it. You just have to have an open mind and know that topics people tend to avoid will be discussed and given from a black person’s perspective.