‘Black-ish’ is an American sitcom that airs on ABC, and first premiered on September 24, 2014. The series has been created by Kenya Barris. The show is a comedy centered on an upper-middle-class African-American family, the Johnsons. It is known for tackling hot-button issues like police brutality, Black Lives Matter and the N-word. Needless to say that the social relevance and timely pertinence of the show quickly made it popular among the viewers. Critics too praised the series for the mixed cast, engaging with cultural issues, and for strong performances from actors.
The series has become so popular that it has already given rise to a spin-off, titled ‘Grown-ish’ that follows the journey of the eldest Johnson daughter as she heads off for college. The network seems to be eager to expand the franchise, and capitalize on the popularity of the series, and thus they greenlit another spin-off recently, titled ‘Mixed-ish’ that follows the experiences of Rainbow Johnson, who grew up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s.
Black-ish Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Black-ish’ is led by Anthony Anderson as Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow. Other cast members include Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Miles Brown as Jack, Marsai Martin as Diane, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy. The main cast is bolstered by the presence of a strong cast of recurring actors that includes talents like Lawrence Fishburne, who appears in the role of Earl “Pops” Johnson, that is, Dre’s father.
All the main cast members are expected to return for season 6.
Black-ish Plot: What is it about?
‘Black-ish’ revolves around Dre who finds himself struggling to find his cultural identity living in a white neighborhood with his kids and wife, Bow.
Tracee Ellis Ross is proud of the way Kenya Barris, the showrunner has set up the series. She said, “Kenya set up a really specific tone that we live in on our show. It sort of established the DNA of what “Black-ish” is that I feel like we can kind of handle anything because there’s such specificity to where we live. We really are not a broad comedy, but some of the things we do are very big, but we’re really grounded in the reality of who these people are.”
This is the crux of the show since it is not just a sitcom which shows the squabbles and everyday lives of the Johnson family, but it also emphsizes on the fact that the family is black. By establishing this, the show takes on aspects of culture, race, and class every week. Not only is the series direct in its approach, but it portrays the black culture as a whole, be it the police brutality, or the mild fun poked at how long black services can be at the church. Moreover, it is quick to take on the stereotypes faced by black people, while lightheartedly pointing out that the show’s character Dre, can see stereotypes everywhere.
Barris has made the show so remarkable by drawing on his own life experiences with his family and seeing his kids grow up. He explained this, saying, “I grew up in the ’hood with nothing, in an almost exclusively black neighborhood. My children were growing up in a predominantly white environment; I called them flies in buttermilk. They were black but a little bit ‘less than’ the version of black kids I remember. At the same time their friends – most of whom were white – were a little more black … I realized youth culture had become a homogenized version of this blended oneness, and I was a bit of a dinosaur.”
The show also attempts to go into the historicity of black culture in the USA, and how a lot of current practices and turns of phrase are from the deep-seated racial divide that had continued for several years. Having continued as a show running during USA’s liberal governance to a conservative one, ‘Black-ish’ reserves its judgment for those who unleashed the hate post Trump’s election. It preaches a message of unity and attempts to make the nuances of black culture accessible to more people.
Season 6 will continue to follow Dre’s family and delve key socio-political issues of our times.
Black-ish Season 6 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Black-ish’ Season 5 premiered on October 16, 2018. In April, 2019, ABC announced that the show had been greenlit for another season.
‘Black-ish’ Season 6 is all set to release on September 24, 2019. Don’t forget to mark your calendars.
While we wait for ‘Black-ish’ Season 6, you can check out the trailer for Season 5 to refresh your memories. If you have not seen the series at all, do check it out, as it is equally entertaining and informative.
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