Black-ish wasted no time addressing the disconnection between African-American history and African history
Black-ish could be the new breakaway hit show for ABC , similar to The Cosby Show , which premiered 20 years prior. The very Cosby-ish family comedy, premiered last week on ABC. 10.78 million people watched Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) banter wittily. Those millions watched because ABC placed the show in the best possible position to succeed: right after its massively popular, Emmy-winning hit Modern Family. But even with that hefty lead-in, Black-ish’s performance was impressive.
Black-ish’s viewership, at 10.78 million, was only slightly less than Modern Family’s 10.93 million viewers.
Black-ish wasted no time addressing the disconnection between African-American history and African history. In the premiere episode Dre’s son asked his father if he could have a traditional Jewish Bar Mitzvah: a legacy that spans 1000 of generations , where a Jewish party is giving to celebrate a young Jewish man’s passage to adulthood.
Offended by his son’s request Dre decided to show his son a traditional African passage to adulthood. The result turned out to be unfamiliar and uncomfortable to them both as the father and the son comes to the reality how unfamiliar African traditions and customs are to them both. The result turns out to be embarrassing until his wife finally intervenes , unwilling to embrace the ugly reality of the past where of African-Americans traditional passage of a young man’s coming of age was slavery , the father reaches for new traditions for his son and family. Taking the rich tradition of African-American dance , music and styles from early hip hop, the father creates a passage party to adulthood called ‘BRO Mitzvah’ that is both relatable to his son and himself.