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Black History Month Spotlight: Sitcoms

Hello beautiful people and welcome to the blog today

It’s Friday, I hope everyone is doing well, staying hydrated and living your best life.  The weekend is here and (sigh), I just want to sleep without any alarms or reminders.  It’s a beautiful thing.

As of late my sleep has been terrible (what else is new).   In March I will do another Podcast updating everyone on my sleep struggles, but as of now it’s still a fight to get a good nights sleep.

Ya’ll pray for me.

Today I’m sharing something fun for Black History Month, and that’s black sitcoms.  These shows range in years but hold their own when it comes to topics of discussion in our commutity, and all around fun.

Black Sitcoms

Living Single S 1Living Single, (1993-1998) Hulu

Six black 20-somethings — four women and two men — share their lives and loves in a Brooklyn brownstone. A trio of women share one of the apartments, receiving frequent visits from a fourth pal; meanwhile, two men who’ve been friends for years share an apartment one floor up.(Source: IMBD) // intro

A different worldA Different World, (1987-1993), Prime

Denise Huxtable is in “a different world” — predominantly black Hillman College — in this popular “Cosby Show” spinoff. A sophomore, Denise shares her quarters with divorced freshman Jaleesa and naive Maggie, one of Hillman’s few white students. Other Hillman students include Whitley, a Southern belle full of attitude; Dwayne, a math major, and his best friend, Ron; and Col. Taylor, aka “Dr. War. // trailer

Black-ish‘Black-ish (2014-), Hulu

Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has it all – a great job, beautiful wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a big home in a classy neighbourhood – but as a black man, he begins to question whether all his success has brought too much cultural assimilation for his family. With the help of his father (Laurence Fishburne), Dre begins to try to create a sense of ethnic identity for the members of his family that will allow them to honour their background while preparing them to embrace the future. trailer

Dear White People NetfliixDear White People, (2017-) Netflix

Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, this Netflix-original series follows a group of students of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The students are faced with a landscape of cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics. Through an absurdist lens, the series uses irony, self-deprecation, brutal honesty and humor to highlight issues that still plague today’s”post-racial” society. Creator Justin Simien serves as an executive producer. trailer

Black sitcom favsMy Wife & Kids, (2001-2005), Hulu

Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta rap-worshipping son Michael Jr., and brooding daughters Claire and Kady make his dream just that … a dream. (Source: IMBD) TRAILER

What's Happening!!What’s Happening!!, (1976-1979), Tubi

Raj, Dwayne and Rerun are three working-class young men dealing with school life, love and the regular antics of teenagers growing up. They routinely launch get-rich-quick schemes, which regularly go awry. They also have to deal with the interference of Raj’s bratty little sister, Dee. intro

Fresh Prince Bel-AirThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, (1990-1996), HBOMax

Will Smith more or less plays himself in this good-natured NBC sitcom. As the show’s popular theme song explains, fictional Will’s mom sends him away from his rough Philadelphia neighborhood to live with wealthy Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian in Bel-Air. Will often has fun at the expense of stuck-up cousins Carlton and Hilary. intro trailer

Bernie Mac ShowThe Bernie Mac Show, (2001-2006), Peacock

Bernie and his wife, Wanda, reluctantly step into the role of parents when his sister drops off her three kids — naive Bryanna, nerdy Jordan and teenager Vanessa — en route to rehab. His views on child rearing are hardly politically correct, but Bernie tries his best. teaser

This only a short list of all the black sitcoms available on streaming networks.  I just wanted to highlight a few that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

Growing up in the 70s-90s I didn’t always see women that represented me, or that looked like me. Granted television has come a long way since then. “Technically” it still has “some rivers to cross” (so to speak), but at least black and brown girls have role models and know that what you dream you can bring to fruition.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, and don’t forget to subscribe, like, and comment as I appreciate each, and every one of you. Have a great weekend! –Peace– –Peace–

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