Wednesday Open Thread | TV Shows That You Should Be Watching: Black-ish


Today’s show that I hope you’re watching is Black-ish.

I can’t say enough about Black-ish. I think too many folks were in their feelings about the title of the show, and came at it super-critical. That they never gave it a chance.

The show started good, and just has gotten better.

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis-Ross are fabulous casting as the parents – Andre and Rainbow Johnson.

The four young actors playing their children are excellent, and have only honed their comedic skills as the show has gone on. The girl playing the youngest child Diane: Marsai Martin….someone, anyone…find other roles for her – she’s amazing.

Not only that, but you have veteran actors Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Lewis as the grandparents.

Black-ish’s use of guest stars doesn’t detract from the show – they’ve figured out a way to use the guest stars to add to the show.

It’s a constant questioning of Old School vs. New School Black parenting; asking all the different questions along the way.

BLACK-ISH - "The Prank King" - Dre fears his holiday fun will be ruined when the older kids balk at the glorious Johnson Halloween tradition of seeing who can pull the most outlandish pranks on each other, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Greg Gayne) MARSAI MARTIN, MARCUS SCRIBNER, ANTHONY ANDERSON, MILES BROWN, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, YARA SHAHIDI

BLACK-ISH – “The Prank King” – Dre fears his holiday fun will be ruined when the older kids balk at the glorious Johnson Halloween tradition of seeing who can pull the most outlandish pranks on each other, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Greg Gayne)


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87 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | TV Shows That You Should Be Watching: Black-ish

  1. #NYPrimary #BernieSanders need a little help from his friends. Get your souls to the polls and VOTE. #FeelTheBern

  2. eliihass says:

    Things are not going well with woman and her family…she goes to the temple and has her bad luck hair shaved off as part offering to her god…Hair makes its way to factory and soon it’s living on the head of many an unsuspecting women around the world..

    As this old Christian lady I know says…

    Folks need to be wary of what they’re paying to bring into their lives..

    …Transference of spirits and all that good stuff …

  3. eliihass says:

    Things are not going well with woman and her family…she goes to the temple and has her bad luck hair shaved off as part offering to her god…Hair makes its way to factory and soon it’s living on the head of many an unsuspecting women around the world..

    As this old Christian lady I know says…

    Folks need to be wary of what they’re paying to bring into their lives..

    …Transference of spirits and all that good stuff …

  4. rikyrah says:

    It’s not Shakespeare, but it doesn’t have to be. Looks like a good way to spend a couple of hours in the movie theater.

    • eliihass says:

      Scary stuff..

      Can’t imagine what it feels like wanting a baby so badly and not being able to conceive or carry one yourself..

      But the prospect of this potentially very real, chilling and life-wrecking scenario, is even scarier..

  5. eliihass says:

    Anthony Weiner, former congressman and Hillary aide Huma Abedin’s husband is a columnist for New York Daily ‘News’…


  6. eliihass says:


    When Omarosa is the only one willing to call out and call bullshit on Hillary Clinton’s brazen performance at National Action Network..

    Hillary talks about Trump’s ‘insidious attempt at delegitimizing President Obama with his birther attack’..

    And Omarosa reminds Steve Konarcki and Hillary, that she and her campaign in fact laid the foundation for Donald Trump with *their* birther/Muslim/’exotic’ whisper campaign and their outright attempt to cast him as suspiciously ‘other’..


    p.s: Hakeem Jeffries is a pathetic slave catcher…I wonder if he got an extra shrimp for his shameless cooning and outright lies…

  7. rikyrah says:

    Yeah, nothing could go wrong with this.


    Pittsburgh Police on alert after armed Donald Trump supporters say they will confront protesters
    April 13, 2016

    Some Donald Trump supporters appear to be a bit overzealous in the run-up to the Republican Presidential candidate’s visit to Pittsburgh later today.

    Yesterday, an open-carry support group posted a message on Reddit saying they would be armed and patrolling outside Trump’s Oakland appearance. The goal was to inhibit potential protesters. Trump is holding a town hall meeting with Fox News’ Sean Hannity inside the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall at 5:30 p.m. A screenshot sent to City Paper yesterday afternoon details plans for a group of 50 people to patrol in loops armed with guns around Oakland blocks to stop potential protesters from starting roadblocks. The screenshot has since circulated on social media but appears to have been removed from Reddit.

    The posts says “the majority of us will us will be open carrying sidearms and long arms (AR-15 style preferred, but AK’s and such are fine)… This isn’t gonna be a place to mess around!” The post also states that the group plans to meet at the Mazeroski Field at 12:30 p.m. and to use two-way radios to communicate.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Cruz ad: When I’m president, ‘de Blasio is done’
    April 13, 2016, 02:43 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday released a new radio ad attacking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, ahead of the Empire State’s primary.

    The 60-second ad, titled “Nerve,” starts by referring to comments made by de Blasio attacking Cruz.

    “I think Ted Cruz is out of touch with New York State and New York City,” the ad quotes de Blasio saying.

    “He’s got a lot of nerve,” the ad says in response. “De Blasio’s socialist policies are tearing this city apart.”

    The ad says that murder in the city is up nearly 10 percent and cops are treated “like criminals.” It also accuses the mayor of making New York a “sanctuary city, rolling out the red carpet for illegals.

  9. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    ‘Incomplete’ and ‘Disingenuous’: Responses to Clinton’s Proposal for Dismantling School-to-Prison Pipeline

    Mar 1, 2016, 5:40pm
    Kanya D’Almeida

    Some juvenile justice experts and educators feel Hillary Clinton’s Breaking Every Barrier Agenda—which promises, among other things, to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline—falls short.

    Last Wednesday, midway through a private fundraiser in South Carolina for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, a 23-year-old Black Lives Matter activist quietly made her way to the front of the crowd and unfurled a banner that read: “We have to bring them to heel.”

    In the exchange that followed, captured on video, Ashley Williams asked Clinton to apologize to the Black community for a speech she made in 1996 celebrating a sweeping new crime bill, during which she referred to “gangs of kids” as “super predators: no conscience, no empathy.”

    “We can talk about why they ended up that way,” Clinton continued in the speech, “but first we have to bring them to heel.”


    The conversation gained steam in February when Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, penned a piece in the Nation titled “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote.” In her essay, Alexander explored the ways in which then-President Bill Clinton championed a federal “three strikes” law to impose life sentences without parole for offenders convicted of certain crimes, and signed a $30 billion crime bill that created scores of new federal capital crimes and significantly expanded the police force—policies for which Alexander claims Hillary Clinton actively advocated.

    While Clinton’s 1996 speech, referenced by Williams in South Carolina, did not explicitly refer to these “super predators” as young people of color, her statement is widely perceived as a highly racialized one, given the disproportionate impact of the Clinton administration’s policies on Black and brown youth.

    Clinton acknowledged on Thursday in a statement to the Washington Post, “Looking back, I shouldn’t have used those words, and I wouldn’t use them today.”

    Her statement came more than a week after unveiling her $125 billion Breaking Every Barrier Agenda that promises, among other things, to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

    Her proposal includes an allocation of $2 billion to school districts to incentivize reform of harsh disciplinary practices, which have been followed by soaring suspension and arrest rates: School suspensions shot up from 1.7 million in 1974 to 3.1 million in 2000, “and have been most dramatic for children of color,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

    Clinton’s proposal also calls attention to an “ineffective culture of zero-tolerance,” and highlights the over-reliance on “school resource officers”—police personnel deployed in schools who numbered 9,000 as of 2008—as being emblematic of “overly punitive atmospheres that often disproportionately criminalize and stigmatize students of color, students with disabilities, and students who identify as LGBT.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    ‘Evicted’: How Renters, Especially Poor Black Women, Are Locked Out
    Mar 29, 2016, 5:39pm Eleanor J. Bader
    Matthew Desmond compellingly focuses on the ways race, class, and gender intersect with housing loss in Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

    When Harvard sociology professor and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to study housing policy, homelessness, and the politics of eviction, he came to a conclusion that startled him: “If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.”

    In Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, out this month from the Crown Publishing Group, Desmond compellingly focuses on the ways race, class, and gender intersect with housing loss. His focus is Milwaukee, a city he got to know while in graduate school in nearby Madison. Evicted offers an in-depth, heart-rending look at eight families caught in the struggle to find decent, affordable housing in the city. To write the book, Desmond spent more than a year living in two of Milwaukee’s most impoverished neighborhoods and interviewing residents.

  11. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh

    ‘I’m Not Slow’: Black Girls Tell Their Experiences of School ‘Pushout’ in New Book
    Apr 13, 2016, 2:14pm
    Cynthia Greenlee
    If Dr. Monique W. Morris makes anything plain in this book, it’s this: Black girls shouldn’t have to rely on their own resilience to stay in school.

    For Black girls, the very schools charged with educating them reinforce and reproduce a dangerous, though often invisible, form of racial and gendered inequality, explains Dr. Monique W. Morris in her new book, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.

    Among the young girls the reader meets in Pushout, there’s “Mia” (not her real name, as Morris used pseudonyms for all girls interviewed). Mia talked about how a “juvie” teacher assumed that when she asked for other tasks in class, that the girl didn’t complete her work. But Mia told Morris that she had raced through the assignment. Said Mia: “Then I’m like, ‘Can I write or draw?’ Something? I mean, it’s a whole hour to go.’ She was like, ‘No, you can’t do anything. You’re always getting done before the whole class. You know what, get out.’ …. I’m like, ‘Because I do my work, I’m actually trying to do my work now, and now you want me to get out? Hella shit.’”

    What Mia wanted was positive recognition. Instead, she got written up.

    Though Morris did not coin the term, the word “pushout” is an intentional reframing of the word “dropout.” It acknowledges that young people leaving school do so for a variety of reasons, many not of their own making. Poverty demands they work. Predatory “boyfriends” induct underage girls into selling sex with promises of love, clothes, and cash. Chaotic schools can make a motivated student dread going to class. LGBTQ teens who don’t conform to gender norms get bullied by peers and labeled “distracting” by adults.

    Teachers and administrators often bring racialized and gendered assumptions about what it means to be a “good” girl to the classroom, Morris explains in her book. Notions of appropriate girlhood—nonsexualized though heterosexual, compliant, and quiet—are often the opposite of historical stereotypes that have cast Black girls as sexually precocious, uncooperative, and disrespectful. If a person believes the idea that every Black girl is a Jezebel-in-training or hates school, it’s hard for them to see beyond that.

    And, in many cases, affected girls understand this.

    Largely absent throughout much of Pushout are Black girls’ parents or guardians. Morris departs from the long tradition of punditry and social science that churns out study after study about what’s “wrong” with this mythical, monolithic, and immutable Black family. It’s a refreshing absence that will make some readers ask about parental involvement. That’s a fair question—but an easy and familiar default that inevitably veers into talk about personal responsibility without taking structural inequality into account.

    Interviewing almost 40 pushed-out girls in urban areas, including Mia, Morris uses their own words to assert that Black girls are worth study, attention, and equity in education.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Activism / Blerd / Color TV / Editorials / Nicole Beharie / Staff Favorites / Television / May 5, 2015

    I want great things for Nicole Beharie and Sleepy Hollow isn’t one of them.”
    Fellow team member, Carlyn expressed my sentiments exactly during our discussion of Sleepy Hollow season two and it’s treatment of the characters of color and their respective cast members.

    Sadie Gennis, an editor for TV Guide, did a great job explaining many of the reasons Sleepy Hollow did itself and its audience a disservice in season two, including its minimized representation of its increasingly marginalized folks. The sane side of the Sleepy Hollow Fandom has done an amazing job laying out the facts, calling out the show’s writers and executive staff, asking questions and demanding answers—or a passing of the mic.

    Many of my friends and readers and the assortment of other folks who are aware of my existence can attest to my adoration for Nicole Beharie and her work. So critiquing Sleepy Hollow has been a bit complicated from the beginning. Luckily through most of the first season, I didn’t need to.

  13. rikyrah says:

    How Sleepy Hollow Single-Handedly Destroyed Their Own Show

    And several online recaps had the same theme throughout the post: If Abbie and Nicole Beharie are gone, then what’s the point of even watching the show? Just as important: Why on God’s green earth would the writing team as a whole (including the showrunner) go out of their way to lead the fanbase on and act like they were going to give the fanbase what they wanted (which is a final say-so on #Ichabbie) just to turn around and destroy the only thing that made the show worth watching?
    To quote Vulture’s Rose Maura Lorre, “The latter statements [of Pandora stating in her dying breaths that Ichabod loves Abbie] lead me to believe that, intentional or not, this show’s careless disregard of its Ichabbie ‘shippers has been fucked up. Make them just-friends or make them more-than-friends, but have a conversation about it and stick to your decision. Don’t keep stringing the ‘shippers along with your hand-kissing and your ‘be still my beating heart’ (which no person has ever said platonically) while you know Abbie’s imminent fate full well.” And as The A.V. Club’s Zack Handlen wrote, “I’m not sure if there were behind-the-scenes issues we are privy to, but Beharie’s a crucial element of the series. Tom Mison is a fine actor, but without the two of them together, what’s the damn point?”
    The chemistry between the two leads, Tom Mison and Beharie, was the only thing that kept mostly everyone tuned in. (I say most, because somehow, there are folks out there who think Sleepy Hollow is just Ichabod’s story of time travel. When was he the only lead on this show? I have a lot more to say about this later on in this post.) Sure, the creative elements that made up the show, like the lighting, the set design, the creature makeup and stuntwork, and the time travel/Christian apocalypse madness were amazing and really gave the show its creepy edge. But the glue that stuck all of those disparate parts together were the grounding forces provided by Ichabod and Abbie. Without one or both of them, the show’s just a bunch of junk, to be quite honest about it.

  14. rikyrah says:

    It’s rare when I am as bitter about a tv show as I have been about Sleepy Hollow since this past Friday, but I’m STILL pissed.



    Everyone is saying that the show had great potential, and that they screwed it up. But I haven’t seen anyone articulate what that potential was. Why was so resonant in season one? At this particular time, and in this particular climate?

    I read the phrase “the chemistry between the two leads” and frankly that’s not enough for me. It’s not enough to explain what I saw in the show and why I am so mad. I deeply believe that the value of the fantasy/horror genre is how it lets us symbolically consider big issues of morality in ways that are fun.


    If you study American history at all, slavery is three quarters of it. The struggle for racial inclusion and equity is the rest. More than class, more than ideas, more than geography, race is the single focal point that encompasses all of American history. There is no part of this country that wasn’t molded, or counter-molded, without the presence of it. From the very beginning we argued about it. We didn’t stop arguing. We went to war over it. Then we had a second proxy cold war about it during the civil rights movement. We are still arguing about it today with Black Lives Matter.


    I haven’t talked about Abbie yet. Sorry. I needed to set the stage. I needed to be able to say that the chemistry that existed between Abbie and Ichabod existed because she was black and accomplished and he was white and ignorant. The desire to smoosh them together, to make them work as partners, was more than a desire to see an attractive man with an attractive woman, it was a desire to reconcile the entire American experiment.

    Think back to the images in their first meeting. Ichabod, an 18th century man, locked in a cage because he cannot understand the modern world. He’s idealistic, he’s educated, he’s utterly incompetent at modern reality, he cannot understand why he’s not in charge, why all the cretins around him treat him like he’s crazy and refuse to follow his orders. I’m pretty sure I just restated the analysis of trump voters.

  15. eliihass says:

    A year later fam, it helps to revisit our conversations here a year ago to see just how spot on and prescient…and amuse ourselves over a couple of posted tweets from some of those who found Hillary just as dishonest, opportunistic, despicable and objectionable as we still do, are now disingenuously using ‘protection’ of President Obama’s legacy, to rah rah for Hillary while now attacking Bernie Sanders as the devil..

  16. Mavis Staples sings acoustic rendition of ‘We Shall Overcome’

  17. Heartbroken. I am so sorry to hear this. I wish the Mosby family the best as they go forward.

    • eliihass says:

      That’s a shame…The old guard of the Democratic party are determined to stake their claim to that shrimp and cheap cocktail until death do them part..

      Hopefully he tries again in the future..

  18. rikyrah says:

    Summer Jobs for All City High School Students
    APRIL 13, 2016


    The city runs a summer jobs program that cost about $80 million last year and employed 55,000 young people, most of them high school students. But only about half of those who applied by lottery got a spot. The program is financed mainly by the city, and funding typically remains uncertain until the last minute. As a result, the community organizations that place young people in jobs often don’t know how much money is available until just days before the program begins in July.

    On such short notice, the organizations can do little more than rush teenagers into jobs at summer camps or positions for which they have not been screened and for which they might not be suited. And because entry is based on lottery, it is highly unlikely that a teenager will be able to participate in two consecutive years. This means that many miss out on the benefits that several years of summer work would offer.

    The Community Service Society proposal would make the program universal so that every high school student who wanted a job could have one. Under the proposal, placement organizations would work with an entire school over the course of the year to develop job opportunities that relate to each student’s interests and academic experiences. Screening and other preparation could begin many months in advance, with outreach to encourage more companies to take on young workers.

    A well-planned, expanded program that served 110,000 young people would probably cost about $242 million. The city would not have to come up with all of it but could seek help from the state and federal governments. It could start with a pilot program that covers, say, about 20 of the city’s 438 or so high schools.

    Given the profound difference that meaningful, career-related summer jobs can make in the lives of the young, this proposal is well worth pursuing.

  19. rikyrah says:

    By Opposing Obama, the Republicans Created Trump
    Steven Rattner
    APRIL 13, 2016

    MEMO to Republican legislators biting your nails over the New York primary, wondering if you can finally derail Donald J. Trump’s candidacy with, gulp, Ted Cruz: You brought it on yourselves.

    Not just by failing for too long to take Mr. Trump seriously or by lacking an effective response once you did. That’s well-covered territory. Most important, you created the anger that lifted his candidacy by years of systematically and effectively preventing passage of legislation that might have ameliorated the tough economic state of Mr. Trump’s core voters.

    Mr. Trump’s biggest supporters are disproportionately white, middle-aged, working-class men without college educations, a group whose fortunes have flagged as globalization and new technology have rendered millions of jobs obsolete and cut into the wages of many more. While the trade agreements that Mr. Trump bashes have played a role, the mistake was not having entered into them, but having failed to sufficiently help affected workers adjust to the new dynamics.

    For too many, those new dynamics have been painful indeed. In Michigan, where Mr. Trump won big, wages in manufacturing have fallen from a high of $28 per hour in 2003 to $21 at present, after adjustment for inflation, a stunning 25 percent decline.

    Meanwhile, the number of manufacturing jobs in the state has fallen from almost 900,000 in September 1999 to just under 600,000 at present, a picture that is repeated across the country.

    Throughout his presidency, Mr. Obama has put forward constructive proposals to help those displaced workers. For its part, the Republican Congress has been behaving like Nero.

  20. Ametia says:


  21. Bernie Sanders be about it! Bernie Sanders joins Verizon employee picket line.

  22. Ametia says:

    Today at 1pm ET: Tune in for the 6th and final White House Science Fair of this Administration!

  23. rikyrah says:

    One of the Ladies of Hamilton:

  24. rikyrah says:

    My Hamilton dose for the day:

    • eliihass says:

      He called him a bigot …No mealy-mouthing… He went all in in…

      There are very few who would have the nerve to stand up before that sort of audience – or any audience for that matter – and speak so boldly, so categorically and so clearly today..

      And this is 2016…

    • Ametia says:

      Yes, it’s very familiar. ‘radical & militant, when calling out oppression and racism against a PEOPLES.

      Wouldn’t you scream, shout, and demand that a mofo who has his knee pushed into your neck, choking the living SHIT out of you, to get the fuck off your neck, and leave you BE?

    • eliihass says:

      Forgive me if I refuse to be moved by some of these faux expressions of horror and pearl clutching by those who have failed completely to extend our black First Lady respect or support, let alone, address real issues faced by downtrodden black folks in forever – besides of course a couple of patronizing tweets and retweets here and there – if even that – that are slickly used to pretend that we’re all on the same side – but only to exploit black folks for their own purposes…like voting for Hillary and other pet causes that are of concern to them…And black folks just go along like dumb-dumbs..

      How many of these women were tweeting about Sandra Bland when she was murdered? They tweeted more furiously about, and were outraged and mourned Cecil the lion much more than any of them if even, remotely mentioned Sandra…Cecil the lion’s death was a tragedy that provoked deep emotions of outrage and sorrow…Sandra Bland…meh…she shouldn’t have ‘mouthed off’ or …dead silence..

      At some point we have to agree that ‘loving’ and supporting the President specifically – and in isolation of all other black folks…or having a crush on him and imagining him ones own personal Mandingo – is not a exactly a good measure of ones bona fides when it comes to race, race relations – or giving a darn about black folks or the issues that affect them – not even those that end up with folks being unjustly murdered…

      As evidenced by the fact that many of these same folks who try to prove they are down with black folks and horrified by racism – and only because they fight twitter battles on behalf of the ‘hot’ black President who they also quickly remind you has a white mom (see, that’s why he’s so great!) – or other stuff – like voting for Hillary, which they scold you is for your own good (silly black ingrates!) – are less about black folks and their concerns, and all about what tickles their fancy at any given time…

      They ain’t loyal fam…never been…

      And they ain’t about to start now…

    • Ametia says:

      There’s was a LOVE SUPREME. Their marriage was MULTI-DIMENSIONAL, TEXTURED.

      They agreed to disagree, support, nurture, honor, and love each other, until “DEATH DO US PART” Sounds like they took their marriage vows seriously, doesn’t it?

    • eliihass says:

      That documentary ought to be mandatory watching…It was very well done – and quite eye-opening even as it reinforced certain things..

      We have to discuss it sometime…

      I watched and re-watched it…and can’t stop thinking about it..

  25. rikyrah says:

    It finally happened for Luvvie – She met OPRAH!


    So That Happened: I Met Oprah!

    Awesomely Luvvie — April 12, 2016 0 32

    One of my favorite quotes ever is from one of my favorite books ever, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

  26. rikyrah says:

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    Today is gonna prove how many black people internalize hate for their own community by the number of “but the questions are legit” tweets

  27. rikyrah says:

    Sensei Aishitemasu ‎@seren_sensei
    The literal number one fastest growing entrepreneurs are Black people. Black women, to be exact @BuzzFeedVideo

  28. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  29. Ametia says:

    Rikyrah, HOMERUNS, you’re ringing GRANDSLAMS this week, Lady with your posts.

  30. Ametia says:

    Happy HUMP day! Love, love, LOVE, BLACKISH!

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