Four years ago I wrote a piece called American Color Story in which I spoke about the quantity and quality of the representation being afforded people of color -- specifically Black people -- on American television. At the time, I was bigging up shows that seemed to depict Black people in almost any kind of financially successful light, really. Yes, Empire was about a family in the music industry, but let's face it, most of the characters on that show were terrible people ... and we're always in the music industry, aren't we? And there was black-ish (pictured above), of course, but black-ish basically gave us all Juneteenth as a federal holiday, and series creator Kenya Barris can't do everything for us, so who (or more to the point, who else) is leading this charge now? Who else is pushing for an accurate present-day representation of the modern-day Black man/woman/family on television?
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