'Black-ish' Co-Showrunner Kenny Smith and Writer Peter Saji Tackle Colorism In "Black Like Us"
Since the sitcom first aired in 2014, ABC’s Black-ish has been unapologetically examining what it means to be B;ack in America today.The show stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, as Dre and Rainbow Johnson, upper-class Black Angelenos raising their five children. With episodes that explored slavery—like the famous "Juneteenth" episode from Season 4 and the Season 3 episode “Lemons,” which centered around the abysmal 2016 election and its results, Black-ish has never shied away from the topics that sting us to our core.
In the upcoming episode, "Black Like Us," the series is tacking another topic that society and the Black community has been wrestling with for generations—colorism.
In the episode, Dre and Bow are disgusted when they discover that their youngest daughter Diane (Marsai Marin) was not correctly lit in her class photo. Though Bow and Dre want to address the school with their grievances, Diane wants to let it all blow over, resulting in a heart-wrenching dialogue about colorism among the Johnson clan.
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