(AllHipHop News) Recently both Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, lead actors in the ABC television show black-ish spoke at #PaleyFest on their roles in a recent episode that tackles police brutality.
The episode called “Hope” focuses on the family’s reaction to the murder of a Black teenager by a police officer and how everyone in the family deals with the verdict.
While watching the news on TV, their kids ask some tough questions and Dre (dad) and Bow (mom) have to find ways to teach their children about what is happening in the world.
Dre, Pops and Ruby (grandma and grandpa) think the kids should be aware of their surroundings, while Bow wants to give them, “a hopeful view about life.”
The show has gotten big reviews from critics and now the characters are speaking about what it was like creating the controversial episode.
When asked about the episode, Anthony Anderson said that the episode personally affected him after he too was a victim of police brutality in his younger years while living in Compton and as a student at Howard University.
“We pride ourselves on being topical and timely,” Anthony Anderson told the AP press. “In the light of whats going on with young Black men across this country, me in particular being a victim of police brutality. Growing up in Compton and while I was a student at Howard University protesting at a Ku Klux Klan rally, I speak to that and I know it first hand. What we deal with on our show really comes from our lives and the experiences we’ve had.”
“As a mom, or as a parent, how do you address these issues with a generation that didn’t experience a lot of these things and that are happening in our country, and then how do you have those conversations?” a concerned Tracee Ellis Ross explained.
This year #PaleyFest partnered with Citi and Hulu in support of the The Paley Center for Media.
With locations in New York and Los Angeles, The Paley Center focuses on the cultural, creative, and the social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.
Check out some clips from the episode below and a link to the ABC episode below.