'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris: Why Talks of Diversity Are Clouding Our Conversations

Let’s get one thing straight: Black-ish is a hit show for many reasons. It has an amazing cast with great chemistry; the scripts are quick-witted and smart, and the topics are timely. And yes, the show is about a modern black family. So why is cast’s race the only thing we talk about?

Well, that’s what Black-ish‘s creator Kenya Barris also wants to know, and for good reason too. After countless panels, Kenya is sick and tired of only talking about the show’s “diversity,” when there are so many other great factors that contribute to Black-ish.

At the panel at the Television Critics Association, Kenya explained,

“I will be so happy when diversity is not a word. I have the best job in the world and I am constantly having to talk about diversity. I have the best actors. It’s ridiculous.”

Additionally, he said,

“We’re in a time when everything is about black and white, and this and that. We get opportunities and we are happy to be the people who can step up and say, ‘We can do this.’ But these are amazing actors. It doesn’t matter who is watching our show. The fact is that they’re watching it.”

YES! Well put!

We couldn’t agree more with Kenya. The show has an excellent cast and handles important issues with class. How about we talk about that for a change?

Image: Kenya Barris/Instagram


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