It is our favorite time of the year! All of our favorite TV shows are back! Throughout the television industry the representation of a successful black family has definitely evolved. Before, we only had The Cosby Show to hold onto of representation of black success, but now they have modernized what that may look like. This brings me to discuss one of my current favorites Black-Ish. Black-Ish is a TV show representing the success of a black family that maintains its cultural awareness. In fact, even the name Black-Ish got some push back from the general public, because of the misinterpretation of the meaning. Moreover, the show highlights various issues that currently take place in America that not very many TV shows are allowed to address. Here are five ways Black-Ish is woke or culturally aware of black issues in America:

1. Racial Injustice: In episode sixteen of season two, the Johnson family is gathered in the living room watching the news of a current police brutality case and the ruling is in favor of the law. Thereafter, Dre Johnson, is showed having a conversation with his children about the events that are occurring. This scene alone shows the painful yet needed conversation that adults must have with their children in terms of what it means to be black in America. The pure feelings and emotion it captures in the children’s reactions to something that seems completely unfair represents how we have all once felt before we understood the injustice that occurs in America. Also, Dre discusses politics in around the election of Barack Obama and the hope he had when this took place. The hope he is referring to is a metaphor for something that is not yet attained. The variation in view points is shown when Dre and his wife have a toil over what lives matter currently.

 

 

 2. Religion: Every culture picks up its own habits along the way and as Black-Ish discusses black culture it also confronts white. In the Episode Gone Churchin’ , Dre and  his wife decide to start getting back into church consistently. They visit both a predominately white church, and black church showing the pros/cons of both in a very humorous way. Shows never show the compare and contrast of what this looks like yet,  it is commonly discussed within friend groups. This episode was very enlightening and interesting that even in terms of religion the culture of church is done differently.

3. Race in the work place: In Dre’s workplace, the way blacks are treated through speech, job position, and interaction is represented.  He is working in a predominantly white social media company, but when they title his positions it is a masking mechanism to say that they would like for him to appeal to black culture. This shows how race has become more masked with different word connotations, but the purpose is still the same, which is to section everyone in their proper places. When they speak to him, their connotation changes to what they feel will appeal to him such as “Hey homie!” which is still a form of racism.

4. Black Dynamic: The success in the black family dynamic with Dre working with a company and his wife Rainbow being a doctor shows the gap between poor and rich. Both of them grew up in low income situations, and now are both successful. The social class change depicts affects on how they view spending money. As parents with better careers they yearn to give their children better, but also realize ways they may be over the top to compensate for how they were raised. Which shows black cultures desire to be materialistic at times, but learning lessons that it’s more so in the memories.

If you haven’t yet you should certainly tune in to Black-Ish on ABC Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c!

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