Media representation matters.
What you see on television has the potential to shape your opinion and worldview. In fact, a report from published by Color of Change found that Black people are misrepresented in television shows and news coverage. Some creatives are creating shows that depict the full spectrum of Black folks, and we’re excited to watch. Check out some of the shows that are currently out or will be airing later this year.
The Chi (SHOWTIME)
Written by star of “Master of None”, Lena Waithe, “The Chi” follows the lives of Black folks living on the Southside of Chicago. A few episodes have already aired and from we’ve seen so far, Waithe has a keen eye for writing characters that are both sympathetic and flawed. We can’t wait to see how the first season ties all the moving pieces of the happenings in the neighborhood together.
This spin-off of the hit sitcom “Black-ish” stars Zoey Johnson, played by Yara Shahidi. Watch the pitfalls and triumphs of Zoey and her friends as they navigate freshman year at a PWI (predominantly white institution).
Two Minute History With Lexual (Black & Sexy TV)
Two Minute History w/ @Lexual__ is coming this February! ✨✊? From skin bleaching to black power, NOTHING is off limits! Brought to you in part by @intelexualmedia #TwoMinuteHistory pic.twitter.com/8U3m3mV4nT
— BLACK&SEXY.TV (@BlackandSexyTV) January 12, 2018
If you haven’t received a history lesson from Elexus Jionde, you’re seriously missing out. The virtual educator has made informative videos on everything from net neutrality, wealth disparities, and Freaknik. In February, her history lessons will be available on Black & Sexy TV.
Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder Crossover Episode (ABC)
Shonda Rhimes really did not come to play in 2018. The “Scandal”, “How to Get Away with Murder” crossover episode will be the first of its kind, so we don’t know what to expect. But we know we’re excited to watch it later this season. Can #TGIT get any better?
BET Social Media Awards (BET)
BET is hosting its inaugural Social Media Awards, and in 2018, that makes a lot of sense. Social media has made a lot of folks millionaires. Ever heard of Cardi B? Tune in to celebrate the most influential people on the interwebs. And unlike some award shows that pick winners that nobody wants to win, you can have a say in who takes home awards by voting at BET.COM/SOCIAL.
This Is Us (NBC)
“This Is Us” technically isn’t a Black show, but we all know the main reason to tune in is to see what’s going on with Randall and Beth. The first episode of the season focused on Kevin and his addiction, but if you remember from last season, Randall and Beth may be going through some major life changes too — they were considering adopting a little boy. Tune into “This Is Us” to find out what’s really going on with the Pearsons.
— blossom. (@watchblossom) January 13, 2018
Blossom isn’t a TV show, but it is a digital TV platform that curates and delivers video content for women of color. Blossom’s content is educational, entertaining, and just for you.
Love and Hip Hop: Miami (VH1)
The newest installment in the Love and Hip Hop franchise is a lot of the same drama, but with some new faces, including Amara La Negra, an Afro-Latina singer who is dismantling ignorant stereotypes one episode at a time.
Sean “Diddy” Combs and DJ Khaled are breathing new life into singing competition shows with “The Four”. Diddy told Billboard that “this show is going to disrupt the world of competition television and will revolutionize the format.”
Black Lightning (CW)
If you’re a fan of superheroes, this is the show for you. Even if you’re not a super fan of DC Comics, Black Lightning’s story is surprisingly relatable. He’s balancing his family life, gang violence, and the struggles that come with being a superhero.
2 Dope Queens (HBO)
If you’re a fan of the “2 Dope Queens” podcast, you’re not going to want to miss the four HBO specials that are airing starting in early February. Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson discuss dating, pizza, and everything in between. There will also be guests, so watch out for Rhea Butcher, Michelle Buteau, John Early, and Naomi Ekperigin.
What shows are you watching this year? Let us know in the comments!