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Blacks on TV


August 2, 2018

Last night my dad and I sat and watched Love Is ____, a tv show on Oprah’s OWN TV network. While we watched the latest episode we shared a conversation, and my dad made a comment that I can’t forget.

“When I was growing up, you didn’t see Black people like this,” He said. He went on to elaborate on this comment saying that Blacks were rarely depicted on TV and when they were they were most often seen in a depressing, disadvantaged situation mainly as slaves, servants, criminals, drug users, or drug dealers. The depth in which we see Blacks on TV now did not exist as vastly for...

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