Look I’m not going to talk about Black-ish too long because I don’t think it’ll be on the air too long, but I do want to at least acknowledge this bullshyt that ABC is trying to pass off as the next “Black” comedy.  First off, I’m not mad, I’m not offended, and I’m not even calling for black conscious awareness. Problem is…I’m just bored. I’m bored these two or three narratives that blacks have been boxed into on network television, and sometimes I wonder if we can ever break free of them.

On one hand there’s the ratchets.  The Love and Hip Hops and Real Housewives. We know what they serve so no need to even go into that right now.  Then the pendulum swings all the way the way to the polar opposite with the “Successful Light skin Black Person” plight. This is usually Tyler Perry’s favorite go-to plot foundation.  The story of the uber-successful black mogul who has it all, but other blacks just wouldn’t understand how hard it is being so rich, good-looking, black, and successful because he’s the only black person at his company dinner parties or his kids don’t have any black friends.   For some reason, yuppie blacks need all the other blacks to know just how hard it is being them. Because after you make millions in some entertainment-based field and marry a light skin, curly haired mate and start drinking lattes is the perfect time to tell other blacks how hard you have it.

I’m not throwing shade because I like all the actors involved, but watching this trailer made me wonder if any of them needed the work or the exposure this bad. I’m sorry, but personally I’m not here for corny black people. I really don’t do corny white people.  Witty?  Yes. Corny? Never. And this looks like some really corny ass mess.  This looks like some shyt Don Lemon would watch as a single tear fell down his mocha latte face emotional because someone “finally gets it.”

Personally, I’m also kind of sick of watching shows where black people feel like they HAVE to be rich. If they aren’t pretending to be rich on Real Housewives then they’re the watered-down corporate lackies who are even more out-of-touch. I don’t have kids, but if I did I’m not sure I could sit and watch something like this with him. A show about the plight of brown white people doesn’t interest me, and I truly don’t think it’s intended to.  This looks like safe comedy geared toward whites in an attempt to help them be nicer and more sympathetic to that one black guy that sits on the board. **poor him**  I’m not saying that house negros don’t have it hard, but tell the real story and save this watered-down attempt to ingratiate eagerly acceptance seeking blacks with their white friends. White Other news outlets are calling it “much needed diversity” on the lily-white ABC which only validates what i’m saying.  if the station is known for white programming exclusionary of blacks then this is just the type of “safe” black comedy their viewers will feel comfortable with.  **Speaking of comfortable, I wouldn’t advise any members of the cast to start feeling that way**

(You know light skin blacks start feeling like they made when they find each other #NoShade)

Again, I hate writing this because it’s going to sound like hate when it’s really just a frustration with redundancy. Did we really need a weekly show to illustrate that there’s “Blacks” and “Black-ish”? It’s actually no shade on my end.  I hope the show does really well. I love Tracee, Anthony and Morpheus.  I love that they are working.  I just long material that doesn’t make us look so disconnected from ourselves. You know?  Black Shows. Not Black-ish. 

Qtips will you be tuning in?

Are you Black-ish?

Do you think this show will address the systematic oppression that caused the house and field negro division in the black community?

Are you surprised they didn’t just name it Uncle Tom’s McMansion?

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Vitamin Q (VQ) is a writer, blogger personality, and a social commentator. He irreverently analyzes how social issues affect individuals in modern society by using sarcasm, humor, and intellect, creating his own unique blend of Southern SHADE, purely for the purpose of helping like minds cope. “I say it so you don’t have to!”
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