Netflix is currently raging with new shows, movies, and uploads for users to stream. With the current state of society, per the affects of the corona virus, most people have amble free time to stream as many shows and movies as their hearts desire. In recent years, Netflix has engaged very fondly in black cinema.
The newest release in Netflix’s black cinema portfolio is the show “#BlackAF.” It seems like a black comedy, about a black family, that engages in black stuff. Makes you kind of question how well a black viewer would actually relate to it.
There’s always a level of speculation around black films and shows when being viewed by our own people. Odds are, we are the audience that is being targeted, but often enough, we are disappointed in the portrayal of our people. As many hashtags as one can try to attach to black cinemas, enough of them really do not embody the feeling that it is #BlackAF. It seems like the people that made the films may be trying to hard or actually completely ignorant to the substance of the black experience. And more times than one, actually too many times to count, black people in film are portrayed as dirty, poor, and struggling. This show gives a very fair comic relief to that stigma.
One thing that is clear in this show is the wealth. The whole story is based on a rich black family dealing with things that black families of all tax brackets tend to deal with. Episodes explore concepts such as the way that we are seen by our white counterparts in the same positions, the systematic belief systems that have been instilled in African-Americans since their arrival to this country, and even the types of interactions that happen in black households. Basic concepts and principles that we can really relate to.
The way that the episodes are filmed, much like that of a documentary (as is the point), takes a chance to share the thought processes and ask questions that can be important in the black community. It highlights things inclusive of the way that older sisters tend to feel motherly, the difference in childhood experiences as money develops over time, and the competition in marriages that tend not to fail us all. This work embodies what it really feels like to be in a black-minded family without being boring or hard to enjoy. The language is provocative without being too inappropriate, the conversations are valid, and the responses are those typical of black people with a background of systematic oppression. Simply put, “everything is because of slavery,” but instead of the oppressed black family saying it, this show gives us the enjoyment of hearing and seeing that even with some money, certain things don’t change.
I’m not here to be a movie critic, I’m not here to say that this show may or may not be a waste of space on someone’s hard-drive. I’m simply here to tell you my reaction and the reaction of those that I’ve spoken to about it. Don’t get me wrong at all, this series lives up to it’s rating and is definitely not for audiences too sensitive. It is fair to say however, this show definitely stood up to the title as being #BlackAF.