“Black-ish” is a show on ABC 7 about a black family who lives comfortably in a predominantly “white” neighborhood. The mother, Rainbow Johnson (played by Tracee Ellis Ross) is a surgeon and the father, Andre Johnson (played by Anthony Anderson) is an advertising executive. Their 15 year old daughter, Zoey is a pretentious, popular and self involved girl. Andre JR. is a 14 year old boy struggling to fit in at school. They also have 6 year old twins Jack and Diane who are complete opposites. Diane is a self proclaimed smarty pants and Jack is a charismatic but sensitive boy who looks up to his father. The family is trying to stay in touch with their African American roots, while living a comfortable life that allows them to have their children in private schools and afford nice cars and other luxuries.
I really enjoy watching this show in the last episode called 40 Acres and a Vote, they are preparing to say good bye to the Obama family while dealing with their own issues. Jr. was running for school president and his father suggested he showed black “swag” to attract voters. Zoey was getting ready to apply to Princeton University while her mother was worried that she did not have the smarts or skills to write her application essay. In the end Jr. is about to drop out of the election but wins the election by shaming his opponent for disrespecting school janitors. Zoey ends up writing a great essay where she says her mother is in and out of the hospital (because she is a surgeon); dad is an addict (addicted to shoes, social media, Obama, and electronics) and doesn’t know where her next meal is coming from (which restaurant). Her mother doesn’t know if she should be proud or ashamed of the fact that she used white shame to write her essay.
This show shows the struggles of minority families who find themselves conflicted between staying true to their roots while fitting in to their economic class.
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