Black-ish Colorful and Full of Real Life
First Hand First Look..."black-ish":
Wednesdays, 9:30-10:00 p.m.
ABC's new family comedy, "black-ish," takes a fun yet bold look at one man's determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family. The series stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and special guest star Laurence Fishburne.
Like any parents, Andre "Dre" (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) Johnson want to give their children the best. But their offspring's childhood is turning out to be much different than theirs. They now realize at least two things: there is a price to pay for giving their children more than what they ever had, and these loving parents are totally unprepared for the fallout.
Dre considers himself the family patriarch and when he looks at his life - he sees a beautiful wife and four kids living happily in their colonial home in the 'burbs. But when he looks a little closer -- have the trappings of success brought too much assimilation for this black family? The world he sees has a much different lens than the one he would like his family to look through.
Jade Harrell with creator Kenya Barris in an enlightening and candid conversation about this colorful new series.
In this episode you will find out:
* Why Kenya chose the name black-ish
* Why he wouldn't change the name despite the backlash.
* What statement Kenya is trying to make?
* Why are some people offput before previewing the program?
* Is Kenya trying to define what black IS?
* How is black culture handled in black society.
* How "black-ish" is just as much about socio-economics as it is race.
*What is the BIG part of the purpose of the show that hits close to home?
"black-ish" stars Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson and special guest star, Laurence Fishburne.
"black-ish" was created by Kenya Barris and is executive-produced by Barris, Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. The series is produced by ABC Studios.