Are We Living in ‘The Golden Age of Black Television’


The last time people were saying there was a “golden age of black television” there was unrest over the civil rights of African-Americans, protests and calls for more diversity.

Sound familiar?

In the era of #BlackLivesMatter, there’s been a bumper crop of TV series offering various glimpses into black lives and culture.

And while shows like “I Spy” and “Julia” broke ground in the late 1960s by featuring black actors, today’s shows feature black artists on screen and off.

With her HBO comedy “Insecure,” Issa Rae became the first black woman to create and star in her own series on a premium cable channel.

It’s an opportunity Rae says she fully appreciates after growing up in the 1990s without seeing many television characters that reflected her.

“It is a full circle moment of watching these shows, wanting to be a part of [the television industry], and now being a part of it among people I respect so much and whose work I enjoy so much,” Rae told CNN in a recent interview. “It really is ‘what a time to be alive.'”

Rae is referencing people like Ava DuVernay, whose “Queen Sugar” on OWN follows the travails of a black family in New Orleans.

There is also Donald Glover’s unapologetically quirky “Atlanta” on FX and Cheo Hodari Coker’s “inclusively black” superhero show for Netflix, “Luke Cage.”

They are continuing a trend started by Lee Daniels, who struck gold on Fox with “Empire,” Kenya Barris, who created ABC’s “Black-ish” and the hit Starz drama “Power,” created by showrunner Courtney Kemp.

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Source: CNN |  Lisa Respers France