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“Black-ish” Deftly Mixes Hope and Reality in Police Brutality Episode

In its second season, ABC's "Black-ish" has hit its stride. Now comes the best evidence of its ability to create a television classic: the February 24 episode called “Hope.” The story, and the series, centers on the upper middle-class Johnsons. For this installment, the parents disagree on how to talk to their four children about police brutality. The episode is confined entirely within the Johnsons' living room/kitchen as the broadcast news of no indictment of the police officer spills in—a cinematic choice that ratchets tension. Viewers must pick a side: Agree with Dre Johnson (played well by Anthony Anderson), the realist who wants to arm his children with the truth, which will extinguish their innocence? Or side with Dr. Rainbow Johnson (vividly embodied by actress Tracee... Read More →
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