Anthony Anderson’s new sitcom, ‘Black-ish,’ will make its debut on ABC this Fall. Although the show presents the African American family from a perspective that many are not accustomed to seeing on the Small Screen, Anderson says it wasn’t hard to find story lines for his new comedy.


“There were no reservations in us creating this show and doing this show,” says the star. “It’s my life. I can only speak to how I live my life and what I’m doing. And if you’re entertained by that and the stories I’m telling about what I’m doing, then we’re winning.”

Fans of Anderson will find a few things to laugh about in ‘Black-ish,’ as it tells the story of an African American family who is living the dream. Andre “Dre” Johnson is a successful businessman who is married with four children. He and his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) are living the high life as wealthy individuals who are respected in their community for the work that they do on and off the job. While Andre secures business deals, Rainbow practices medicine as a physician. Although they try to keep in touch with their upbringing, Andre and Rainbow must admit that they are raising kids who feel black-ish.

Anthony can certainly relate to this idea of African Americans rearing children who don’t fully identify with their culture. The celebrity recently threw his son a bar mitzvah because of a conversation the two had just before the teen’s birthday. “He said, ‘Dad, I don’t feel black,'” says Anthony of the conversation. The comedian’s son then asked for a bar mitzvah. “I told him, ‘That’s not our culture. That’s not who we are … but I will throw you a hip-hop bro mitzvah. To this day, all of his Jewish friends say that was the best bar mitzvah they ever attended.”

You can catch ‘Black-ish’ when in premieres on ABC on September 24, 2014. Anthony and his wife Alvina have two kids together.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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