But thanks to the emergence and popularity of social media, those conversations we once shared around the dinner table and water cooler, where we expressed our frustrations about an industry that never recognized the whole of us, were now constantly on full display from hashtag protests to YouTube videos to good ol' fashioned boycotts complete with picket signs (shout out to my sister pictured left protesting near the Dolby Theater during this year's Academy Awards). But a notion I have long clung to is that the flaw in these protestation demands was that we were insisting others recognize us; do for us; properly tell our stories. We seemed to never fully embrace that the answer was in not asking for a handout but in taking our hands to create--and fully support--our own.
Below are just a few shows--some old, some new (and forthcoming); none borrowed nor blue--that are indeed representing us, front and center, almost every day of the week, in every facet of our beautifully diverse lives that I personally applaud and support. Catch the wave, spread the word, and let's keep dreaming, creating, and moving--in the right direction.
Tuesday - Atlanta (FX: 10 p.m.)
Wednesday - Black'ish (ABC: 9:30 p.m.);
Greenleaf (off season) & Queen Sugar (OWN: 10 p.m.)
Thursday - Pitch (Fox: 9 p.m.)
Saturday - Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN: 9 p.m.)
Netflix Originals: Luke Cage (September 2016)
On the Horizon: Shots Fire (2016/2017)
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