The era of Black television during the ’90s provided viewers with entertaining yet informative content. There was an abundance of good, quality, family-orientated programming filled with light-hearted humor, the celebration of Black culture and an unprecedented blueprint for debunking Black stereotypes. Unfortunately, the feelings of nostalgia one would hope to receive or gain when tuning into weekly shows is notably absent in the current era of “Black” television. Here are five of the things we miss about Black TV in the ’90s.
The Power of Black Love
Before the instant gratification and media attention surrounding ratchet television consumed airwaves, there were myriad couples showcasing healthy relationships. Composing a sense of togetherness, full of integrity, mutual respect, an unbreakable bond and unwavering support for each other. Whether you enjoyed watching Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv or Martin and Gina these couples personified the essence of true love by embracing the likings and imperfections defined by the “relationship rules” as set forth by society.
Black Lives Matter
Highlighting social injustices and race relations in America was a common theme. The severity of police brutality, black-on-black crime, the war on poverty and racial profiling among many other poignant issues plaguing the Black community were written into the scripts, sparking intellectual conversations and shedding light on real-life issues often overlooked.