The Emmy-award winning series When They See Us was groundbreaking in depicting the systemic ills of the criminal justice system to the Central Park Five-who were all men of color.
The show follows a recent trend in television with black leads, which feature a wide array of stories that depict more dramatic, socially conscious themes.
The evolution from shows such as Good Times of the 1970’s and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air of the 1990’s, to blackish and Queen Sugar of today shows a progression in messaging and themes.
Today on All Sides, the evolution of black-led television.
- Eric Deggans, NPR TV Critic
- David L. Moody, adjunct professor at Lake Erie College, author of “The Complexity and Progression of Black Representation in Film and Television”
- Cristyn Steward, local filmmaker, founder of the Columbus Black International Film Festival