How often are you watching a movie or television program and you forget that they have a medium that can inspire people? We often forget in this media-centric age that the creator of the media can drive a message or emotion behind their programs. Think about a time in which you watched something that made you cry, made you laugh, made you angry, or made you feel something in general.
This is the power of the medium. It can offer give people a voice to reach millions and there are some that are willing to take a chance and give a voice to people who may be silent.
Kenya Barris, the writer and executive producer of ABC’s Black-ish, crafted a very poignant and message-driven episode of Black-ish, on February 24th, 2016. The episode centers on the Black Lives Matter movement and the subject of police brutality. It attempts to tackle a very relevant subject that is currently a very touchy subject in America. This is a huge risk for a network television show in todays landscape and I applaud a show for going for it. They discuss the different sides of the police brutality and how it affects the African-American community, both young and old. This is a very real discussion as it is something that I’ve had with my family, but to see it translate to the television screen is something that strikes a real chord. If you have the time, I highly recommend people take a look at the episode and forming your own opinion. At worst, it will entertain you, and at best it will enlighten you to a real issue in today's society and remind you that media can have a voice for those that may not be able to share it to the masses. I haven't been this captivated by a major network television episode in a few years and it deserves the praise and attention that it's getting.