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black-ish: A Chat with the Kenya Barris and the kids of #blackishABC #ABCTVEvent
I find myself extremely excited to write this blog post, I think it’s because I will finally have the chance to dis-spell the myths and negativity that surround this show “black-ish”. These myths and negativity stem strictly due to the shows title and not because of the content of the show. In order to do this I have to be honest, when I first saw the commercial for the show, despite the fact that it starred Laurence Fishburne (one of my favorite actors), Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson – I was turned off by the title. I thought to myself, oh no here’s yet another show that will have a negative depiction of African Americans – now this was my assumption from the title alone. You see I am tired of shows that depict African Americans in a negative light and well quite frankly I wasn’t eager to entertain or help the ratings of yet another negative show stay on the air. HOWEVER, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the premise of black-ish, in fact black-ish isn’t just about being black and the show is truly relatable to all. It’s about struggling to keep your identity and roots no matter what ethnicity you are. It also touches on stereotypes in a hilarious way to show you that stereotypes are truly just generalizations that don’t truly define a race. black-ish gives a different perspective of…wait let me just say it in Kenya Barris’ own words……
“black-ish isn’t a “Black” show just like Modern Family isn’t a “White” show. It’s a show about a family that happens to be black.”
When asked about the title black-ish, this was the response:
— Ms.Choya (@realfrugaldiva) November 3, 2014
Unfortunately, we live in a world that gets so caught up in race that we fail to remember that no matter what color you are, at the end of the day WE are just PEOPLE. black-ish is a show for everyone and I guarantee that no matter what color you are, you can find something in the show that you can relate to. So how can ANYONE relate to black-ish:
- First of all, watch the show. You will be surprised at not only how funny the content is, but of the different situations that arise that you may be able to relate to.
- Watch the show with an open mind, this way you will be able to “get it”.
- Remove the title and think about the show from the stand point of raising your family in an area that is not predominately your culture and trying to help them maintain your family traditions, while embracing the fact that your family is picking up new habits from their current surroundings. –
The clip below is a perfect example of that
Hopefully you found that clip to be as entertaining as I did.