WATCH THIS Why black-ish Isn’t Just for Black People!By Delaina Dixon | September 24, 2014 | Entertainment
ABC’s new sitcom black-ish premieres tonight. But in spite of the title, this new comedy isn’t just for, well, us black folks, says producer and star Anthony Anderson.
In the premiere episode, Anthony, who plays the patriarch of a successful American family who may have lost some of their culture identity, deals with his teenage’s son desire to have a bar mitzvah. “We’re going to be as authentic and as truthful to our stories as we can,” Anthony declared to TV DivaGal during ABC’s Summer Press Tour party, pointing out this actually happened with his own son.
Anthony stresses that dealing with cultural identity can affect any person. “I give [ABC President] Paul Lee the credit for believing in this show and having the courage to put it on and also allowing us to keep our title, black-ish. He championed it more than we do. It just happens to be a black family telling this story, and it’s a story we all can relate to.
“What we’re talking about isn’t just black, what we’re talking about is family. We’re not necessarily just telling jokes that are so inside for a particular culture. The jokes come out the situation and the stories that we’re telling, and we’re telling stories about family and love and life and race and all of that, as unfiltered as we can, in primetime. I think that’s going to resonate.”
We think so too! Catch black-ish, series premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.
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