Top 10 Best Black Family Sitcoms (Pg. 2)

7. Everybody Hates Chris

Comedian Chris Rock brought his autobiographical 1980s coming of age urban Brooklyn tale via this smart, funny and the second single camera sitcom on our list. Reminiscent of the style and format of FOX’s Malcolm In The Middle, for five seasons as the 'TV version' of the Rock family, Rochelle (Tichina Arnold), Julius (Terry Crews), Chris (Tyler James Williams) Drew (Tequan Richmond) and Tonya (Imani Hakim) reinvented the new millennium's depiction of a black household. Everybody Hates Chris demonstrated with a little tough love— Rochelle’s threats to get her kids to always do the right thing, lots of family values, colorful supporting characters plus a whole lot of  funny fantasy sequences that a loving family didn't only have to just survive in an urban gritty, Bed Stuy locale setting it could thrive, entertain and prosper.

 

 

6.  Diff'rent Strokes

Although not technically a black sitcom but a multiracial one, the larger than life characterizations Arnold and Willis Jackson played by Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on Diff’rent Strokes always made the series feel like one. And as adoptive dad Phillip Drummond actor Conrad Bain will always be viewed as an honorary black father in pop culture. Along with sister Kimberly (Dana Plato) Diff’rent Strokes is best known for introducing the 'very special episodes' concept to sitcom television (complete with actor disclaimers at the open or close of an episode)  And this sitcom tackled controversial topics like child abuse, racism and drug use. But Diff'rent Strokes will also be best remembered for strong acting moments by Bridges and perfect punch line deliveries by Coleman, as well as his memorable catchprase—'Wha choo taling about Willis?' The series also featured Janet Jackson as Willis’ girlfriend Charlene and enjoyed a long running spinoff— Facts Of Life which was anchored by Charlotte Rae’s Mrs. Garrett character.

 

 

5. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Back when The Fresh Prince of Bel Air aired in 1990 its biggest contribution to TV airwaves was bringing hip hop culture to primetime and turning a rap lite artist named Will Smith into a television star. Fast forward to 2010 and Will Smith is one of the biggest and most bankable movie stars in Hollywood (and can also boast a successful wife and children in showbiz.) But the sitcom story of the rich well to do Banks family; Phillip Banks (James Avery), his wife Vivian played by (Janet Hubert) and (Daphne Reid), and their three children Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), Hillary (Karyn Parsons) and Ashley (Tatyana Ali), who take in their poorer Philadelphia-born and raised cousin Will (Smith) made for six seasons of laughable fish out of water scenarios and bigger teachable moments. Will taught the uptight Banks family to loosen up, and collectively the Banks family taught and prepared Will for the responsibilities of life and manhood.

 

 

4. Family Matters

This Perfect Strangers spinoff, Cosby Show inspired sitcom unofficially morphed into ‘The Urkel Show' thanks to the catapulted popularity of star Jaleel White. But once upon a time it was about the Chicago based Winslow family— dad Carl Winslow (Reginald Vel Johnson), mom Harriette (JoMarie Payton), grandma ‘Mother Winslow’ (Rosetta Le Noire), Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams) and son Eddie (Darius McCrary). Although the show's title ended up not reflecting the sitcom's shift in focus from traditional family styled stories to those centered around the character of Steve Urkel and various others played by White, Family Matters' new direction helped this series endure for nine seasons on the air. It remains the second longest running black sitcom in television history after The Jeffersons.

 


 

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Dr. Dre Released From Hospital, Will Receive 24-Hour Home Care

Dr. Dre was released from L.A. Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Friday (Jan. 15), nearly two weeks after he suffered a reported brain aneurysm. Ice T confirmed the news tweeting, “Just FaceTimed with @drdre. He just made it home. Safe and looking good.”

The 55-year-old music mogul will remain under 24-hour care for the next few weeks as medical professionals continue to monitor his progress. Doctors are still unclear on what caused the aneurysm.

Dre’s hospital release comes days after new details were revealed in his divorce from estranged wife, Nicole Young. According to court documents publicized this week, Nicole accuses Dre, birth name Andre Young, of putting a gun to her head in 2000 and 2001. She also details other alleged abuse incidents in 1995 (before they were married) and in 2016, when he allegedly punched her in the face and kicked down her door.

The Grammy winner has denied Nicole’s abuse claims.

Nicole and Dre tied the knot in 1996. The pair share two adult children, Truice and Truly. Nicole filed for divorce last summer.

In addition to demanding that Dre cover her legal fees, Nicole wants the court to take the abuse allegations into account when “awarding support and fees.” Dre has already agreed to pay $500,000 of Nicole’s legal bills and $2 million in temporary spousal support.

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Cardi B Lands Leading Role In Comedy ‘Assisted Living’

Cardi B is making her way back to the big screen. The Bronx native officially landed her first leading role in the upcoming Paramount comedy, Assisted Living.

According to Variety, Cardi will play a small time crook struggling to find a hiding place after her latest heist fails. Her character, “Amber,” disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out at her grandmother's nursing home. The film is described as a “raucous comedy” similar to Mrs. Doubtfire and Sister Act.

Paramount acquired the rights to Assisted Living in 2019. The film’s script was penned by This Is Us writer, Kay Oyegun.

Cardi, 28, made her film debut in the 2019 celeb-heavy stripper flick, Hustlers. The “WAP” rapper appears to have hinted at her Assisted Living role in a recent interview with Billboard where she dished on filming scenes for Fast & Furious 9.

“After ‘Hustlers’ I filmed a little bit for 'Fast & Furious' so I felt like ‘I’m ready for this,’ I knew what to expect,” she explained. “But the characters were a little different so I was like ‘Oh wow, I’m going to need more acting classes.’ I’m planning on doing a movie this year and I’m going to be the lead role so I’m like ‘I need to execute this flawlessly.’”

Besides film, Cardi was a judge on the Netflix completion show, Rhythm & Flow, and landed her own Facebook Watch series, Cardi Tries.

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Wendy Williams Reveals She Was Date Raped By ‘80s R&B Singer

Wendy Williams revealed that she was date raped by  ‘80s R&B singer, Sherrick, early in her radio career. The talk show host shared the story with reporters while promoting her Lifetime biopic Wendy Williams: The Movie on Tuesday (Jan. 12).

“He mesmerized me with his twinkling eyes,” she recalled. “He flipped the interview around to where he was interviewing me — I was just gaga over this man and he asked me to go to an album release party with him that night.

“Before the party, I was date raped by him,” said Williams.

Sherrick, born Lamotte Smith, was a member of the group Kagny, whose song is featured on The Last Dragon soundtrack. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1987 and scored a marginal hit with the single “Just Call” off his debut self-titled album. Sherrick struggled with sobriety but declared himself “drug-free” before dying of unknown causes in 1999.

Williams says that she was raped in Sherrick’s Washington D.C. hotel room and it, unfortunately, wasn’t her first time being sexually assaulted. The New Jersey native had been date raped in college. “Those types of things happen to girls all the time and they’ve been happening a lot, to a lot of our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and their great-great-grandmothers too.”

From the sounds of it, Sherrick's widow doesn't exactly believe Williams' story. She not only questioned Williams' account but wondered why she waited so long to go public, and why she didn't call police at the time of the incident.

“As I will never minimize or dismiss the horrid actions of sexual assault, I am saddened that Ms. Williams feels the need to publicly make these allegations when the man she is accusing is no longer on this earth to defend himself,” Lynne Conner Smith said in a statement to Page Six.  “Our family does not know Ms. Williams and are not aware of any relationship or encounter they may have had.”

The sexual assault will be chronicled in the film, as well as other details from Williams' life -- like her rise to talk show fame, her battle with drug addiction, and marriage to ex-husband Kevin Hunter.

Wendy Williams: The Movie premieres on Lifetime on Jan. 30.

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