Saturday night after Boggy Boot camp ended I was invited to have press screening for ABC’s new family comedy Black-ish. The show stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and Lawrence Fishburne (!). I knew Tracee herself would be in attendance but what I didn’t expect was how awesome she would be in person.
Anyone who knows me intimately knows that I am the ultimate fan of the show “Girlfriends”. I signed the petition to bring it back, I joined the FB group and I still DVR daily episodes of the show. Knowing that she was even in the room was enough for me.
When she arrived I was not shocked my how gorgeous she was because that is simply how she is all the time in my head. She came over, greeted and introduced herself every single person in the room (including me! She shook my hand!) she had all of her friends and family in the room and it was such a warm amazing environment mixed with the top brown influencers in NYC.
We got to preview the pilot and I really didn’t know what to expect. I am so happy to say it was so funny! Black-ish is going to be airing right after Modern Family and it is the perfect comedy complement. I laughed out loud plenty (a lot, maybe too much–okay I might have snorted a few times). The part that I love the most was the office scenes with Anthony Anderson, I’m not going to give it all away but he is the highest ranking African American at his job and I think the reason why it resonates with me is because I know exactly what it is being brown and working in corporate America. I could have written a few of the scenes!
The great part about the show is that it’s a family comedy. The types of issues that are addressed applies to every color family.
Afterwards Tracee was interviewed by the awesome social media personality Chescaleigh about the show and what it means for black women in comedy. Here is a little taste of the interview, sorry about the lighting–but it’s a good listen!
When the interview completed, there was food and drinks.
I even got a picture with Tracee! (if you look close enough you can see the thousands of squeals happening in my face)