ABC’s newest family comedy, “Black-ish,” sparked criticism from some and admiration by others after airing this fall, mainly because of how it depicts the role of successful African American families in today’s society. There is no doubt about the show’s success, however. Stellar ratings won it a full season and a possible second alongside shows, like “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder.” In December, the show was nominated for six NAACP Image Awards — one of which being “Outstanding Comedy Series.”
theJasmineBRAND.com correspondent Elle Marie caught up with the show’s leading man Anthony Anderson recently at BET Honors in Washington D.C., where he attributed the show’s success to its depiction of real life experiences.
Our show is just about success and giving your children more than what you had as a child, and I think everyone can identify with that. We wanted it to be successful. We prayed and hoped it would be successful and we are happy that it is.
The plot, created by “The Game” writer Kenya Barris, depicts Anderson as Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson, a successful corporate executive married to Rainbow Johnson, a doctor played by actress Tracee Ellis Ross. The couple juggles their busy careers, while raising their four children in the suburbs and trying to stay close to their roots.
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