Black out on black drama


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I have been watching episodes of the much loved Showtime series Soul Food recently. The series ran for a few years and was cancelled way before it was finished. I found a story lamenting the void created when the show was cancelled. http://www.today.com/id/5054030/ns/today-today_entertainment/t/no-black-dramas-left-television/#.VYbizUadz4w

These stories remind us that African-Americans in drama series are usually the partner of some white lead character. Or even one out of an ensemble of 6 or more. And these stories are primarily about the broader (white) society. It is easier to accept African-American characters who are delivering punchlines instead or portraying our authentic selves.

With all of the recycling that television does, it is shameful that no one has revived Soul Food even if it meant bringing in a new cast. Why aren’t our stories told more often?

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