The debate over attempting to raise children to be racially colorblind has sparked a much-needed discussion on a national level.
Well now that conversation will be at the center of a new comedy that was recently picked up by ABC.
“Blackish,” which was written by “The Game” writer Kenya Barris, will be loosely based on Barris’ life.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new comedy will “center on an upper-middle class Black man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, colorblind kids.”
Barris said that the show’s inspiration was found in the fact that he always felt like the “fly in buttermilk.”
“I’m usually THE Black guy at work,” he explained. “We’re THE Black family in the neighborhood. My kids are basically THE Black kids at school. I think it’s kind of a situation of be careful what you wish for. It’s almost in like moving on up, I’ve sort of priced myself ‘out’ of being Black.”
The show’s unique story line is bound to spark interesting discussions and will hopefully bring light to the many issues behind the “colorblind” philosophy.
In addition to Ellis Ross and Anderson, Laurence Fishburne will star in the show – giving the pilot enough buzz to beat out Kevin Hart’s similarly themed pilot “Keep It Together.”
Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy banner will have a hand in executive producing the show along with ABC Studios with Principato Young Entertainment also helping out with production.
If “Blackish” manages to move forward, Anderson would have secured another TV role.
The “Grudge Match” actor will already appear as the host of NBC’s game show “Wall of Fame.”