Black on TV

November 6, 2014 2:22 AM

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Black on TV

Ever since I was a little boy, I've loved television. I'm proud to be working in the industry today, writing and acting on the small screen. I'm also excited about seeing more and more black people on camera (look at the cast of Grey's Anatomy and Black-ish) and being aware of creators like Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris. Today I'm creating my own Web series, and I'm encouraged by what those ladies have done in network television. Of course, it wasn't always that way. And even now, in this age of new voices and faces of color in the industry, in this age of Obama and Oprah, the struggle continues.

My first encounter with the impact of race on TV was in the '70s. I was a huge fan of The Brady Bunch and had fantasized about being part of the Brady clan -- that is, until I saw a Brady episode that deals with race. A white neighbor adopts two boys, one black and one Asian. They run away from home...

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