ABC’s new comedy series “Black-ish” premiered with a strong lead-in to the “Modern Family” drawing in a 3.3 ratings of adults between 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers in live-plus-same-day figures, as stated by Hollywood Reporter.

In an article published on the Huffington Post, Frances Cudjoe Waters wrote:

What “Black-ish” misses and what those shows embraced, is that one of the primary things that unite Black people is this country is that regardless of socio-economic status, skin complexion and other life choices, black folks in America have a shared history and current reality of struggling against stereotypes, institutional and legislative racism, and continued barriers precisely because we continue to be judged by the color of our skin, more than by the content of our character and the uniqueness of our journey.

However, as stated by Kenya Barris, the creator, “Black-ish” recaptures HIS family and the dynamics of what HE is experiencing while raising HIS millennial children. He stated in an interview with Rolling Out, “My wife is a mixed race doctor, we have five kids we sorta pulled ourselves up, you know boots strapped ourselves up in a way. The world that we see them growing up in is a lot different from the world that we remember. Who are these kids that we are raising because they didn’t really remind me of anything that I remember quote on quote what being ‘Black’ was. Their experience was completely different from mine. They were a little bit of a filtered down version of my ideology of what Black was from when I was growing up so they were sorta ‘Black-ish.’”

We all have our own ideology of what should be presented to the world about our race, whether it is on TV or the big screen, but should we ridicule someone else’s experience? More importantly, aren’t comedies suppose to make light of situations?

A race as diverse as ours, it seems to be almost impossible to completely satisfy everyone. Though I would love to see an exact replica of “The Cosby Show” the reality is, it may not happen. “The Cosby Show” was a special one of a kind, but to shun a show that is created by a Black man, who is a product of a HBCU, that employees Black actors and actresses and diversify primetime television is not the accurate way to approach your reservations, in my opinion.

What’s your take Clutchettes? Is it a parody gone wrong? Will you tune in to at least support a Black creator as well as the actors/actresses cast?

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  • paintgurl40

    I watched the first episode and I know it sounds bad, but I couldn’t stand those kids and the mom even though I have nothing but love for Tracee E. Ross. But I cringed when the boy wanted a bar mitzvah, I cringed when Tracee Ross stated “tell that to my hair and ass”, and I cringed when the kids couldn’t be bothered with anything to do with black history. Honestly, the only characters I liked were Anthony Anderson and Larry Fishburne.
    I grew up watching Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Sanford and Son. Although I wasn’t a big fan of the Cosby Show, I liked that they weren’t ashamed to be black. They embraced their culture, the black art on the walls, the music, etc.
    Black-ish bothers me because it seems like the family is trying to be anything BUT black and to them, being black is like an albatross tied around their necks. Maybe I’m just proud of my culture and I would rather live my life embracing who I really am instead of apologizing for it.

  • Reyna

    Boy I tell ya, black folks are a trip. We’ll bash shows like this yet sing along to songs that constantly spurt the word “nigger” and objectify black women. We’ll praise black artists who slang their booty-meat around and tune in to “reality” shows that show black people acting completely “niggerish” –fighting, cursing, showing their asses….but stuff like Black-ish is sooo negatively reflective of blacks. I swear…pick a side and stick to it..either you’re for a positive black image or you’re for a negative one..but stop making excuses for one type of black media like “twerking” and bashing another that hardly even reflects black image in a negative light. Seriously.

  • Kiki

    I saw the first episode I really wanted to like, it it just wasn’t that funny. I am hoping they just have to get they sea legs and it improves in the coming months!

  • Deborah

    I’m pleasantly surprised. I had low expectations after seeing part of the first episode, but when I re-watched it and the following two episodes back-to-back, I found myself laughing so hard! A difference of opinion is fine, but we do ourselves a great disservice, and discourage people who are helping get better representation of black experiences on television, when some of us nitpick so much about exactly HOW black people MUST be portrayed. If it’s not for you, fine. However, that doesn’t mean this show should be labeled an embarrassment to black people or “minstrel.” I swear, some of us live to complain and find offense even when people are trying to do something positive. I hope potential viewers don’t get let these “my black is the right black” negative comments dissuade them from watching and making up their own minds about the show.