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Whether if you are Black or White I think that this is a comedy the whole family will enjoy. The show now is in its 2nd season and stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburn. All three with various acting accolades in the past have come together as the Johnson Family. Anderson stars as Andre “Dre” and Tracee as Rainbow “Bo” Johnson. The show protrays their comedic struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising their kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

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Black’ish in my opinion is like the modern day Cosby Show. If you just focus on the message the show provided. You have a couple in highly respectable careers (Dre is a Advertising Exec and Bo is a Doctor) trying to raise kids with respect and love while teaching them valuable life lessons. You also have Laurence Fishburn character Pops and Dre’s mother Ruby played by Jenifer Lewis dropping by giving them some pearls of wisdom about how things were back in the day.

The first episode of this new season dealt with the N-word and the social acceptability to say it. Jack the couples youngest son played by Miles Brown. Decided for a school talent show to rapper the song “Gold Digger” by Kanye West. The problem being he didn’t do the radio version and blurted out the N-Word that is present. This gets him sent home from school facing possible expulsion due to a zero tolerance policy his mother had a hand in.

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Dre starts to have conversations at the school, home and work about the true sentiment behind the word to him. At the meeting to decide Jack’s fate Dre stated the others have gotten away with and have even been rewarded for saying it repeatedly. Dre concluded, “This whole country has been schizophrenic about what to call black people for two centuries. And the last person who should be held accountable is an eight-year-old boy who doesn’t have an ounce of hate in his heart.”

Kenya Barris is the brains behind Black’ish. He’s written or produced numbers shows like: Girlfriends, Are We There Yet and the Game. This show has heart, it’s funny and has a cast of terrific costars.

 

Black-ish airs on the ABC Network on Wednesday Nights! To catch up on past episodes click here: ‘black-ish

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