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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As our latest op-ed points out, black romance films are having a moment, and The Lovebirds is adding a comedic twist to the matter. Ahead of the MRC/Paramount Pictures' premiere on streaming platform Netflix, VIBE correspondent Jazzie Belle sat down with the film's lead actors Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani to discuss the refreshing black and brown dynamic between their characters.

"I think it was just more exciting to me [to take part in a different romantic dynamic]. It was just that, and I didn't realize until later," said Rae. "Obviously with working with Kumail, it just like 'Oh, I haven't seen an on-screen pairing like this' and [I] was excited to play with him cosmetically. But yes, it's exciting to see a new and fresh dynamic in movies like this."

"When you see a portrayal of Pakistanis in American pop culture, generally, you're seeing certain lanes. You don't see us being light or funny or fun that often," said Nanjiani. "My family is very, very funny. My friends are very funny, so it wasn't even an attempt to try and show that [brown characters can be portrayed differently]. I just wanted to show how the people I know are. My mom and my dad are some of the funniest people I've ever met."

Watch the full interview above. The Lovebirds is streaming on Netflix now.

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Man Who Recorded Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery Arrested

A third man has been arrested in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who recorded Arbery’s murder, was taken into custody on Thursday (May 21), the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced.

“The family is extremely relieved,” attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents Arbery’s mother, said in response to Bryan’s arrest. “We didn’t know if this was going to happen, but we all knew that it should happen.”

Arbery was killed on Feb. 23, while out for a jog. It wasn't until two months later that his story went viral prompting an investigation by the GBI after the local D.A., who was previously over the case, declined to make any arrests.

According to jail records, 50-year-old Bryan was booked into the Glynn County Jail on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan made his first court appearance on Friday (May 22) where his lawyer filed a motion for a speedy trial.

Bryan accompanied father and son, Gregory McMichael, 64 and Travis McMichael, 34, as they followed and cornered 25-year-old Arbery before the younger McMichael shot him to death. The McMichaels claim the shooting was self-defense.

Father and son were arrested for aggravated assault and felony murder earlier in the month. All three men are being held at the same jail.

The mugshots of Gregory and Travis McMichael, who have been charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

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Merrit noted that Arbery's family hopes the men will be convicted. “Well obviously we want to see the arrests lead to a formal indictment then a vigorous prosecution and conviction. But there are other people we believe were involved. We spoke with the DOJ earlier today about their investigation into the corruption that delayed these arrests in the first place.”

An attorney for the elder McMichael claimed that the pair are victims of a  “narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts.”

“While the death of Ahmaud Arbery is a tragedy, causing deep grief to his family -- a tragedy that at first appears to many to fit into a terrible pattern in American life -- this case does not fit that pattern,” attorney Frank Hogue said. “The full story, to be revealed in time, will tell the truth about this case.”

The murder remains under investigation by GBI in partnership with the District Attorney Joyette Holmes of the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.

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Quavo Talks Earning His High School Diploma At 29

Quavo officially belongs to the class of 2020. The 29-year-old Migos rapper announced that he graduated from high school on Friday (May 22).

“Finally can say I graduated high school class of 2020,” Quavo captioned an Instagram post of himself sporting a blue cap and gown.


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Finally Can Say I Graduated High School Class Of 2020 We Lit 🔥 Now What College Should I Go To? 🧐 And To Celebrate We Gonna Drop SMASH TONIGHT 🔥🌊 BERKMAR HIGH NAWFSIDE BABY

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Now that he's a high school graduate, the Georgia native is considering attending college, as he shared in an interview with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio alongside Migos members, Takeoff and Offset. During the talk with Tunechi, Quavo expounded on his decision to get his diploma.

“I was doing stuff for the community and schools… always involved and just me being considered like a dropout you’re not really like an alumni,” he said before explaining that one of his former high school teachers is now a principal and encouraged him to get a diploma. “He hit me up like 'you should go back and get it.' I went back and got it.”

Quavo added that Weezy was, “definitely one of my inspirations for going back to school.”

The rapper, whose birth name is, Quavious Keyate Marshall, attended Lilburn’s Berkmar High School, where he was the starting quarterback for the 2009 season. Quavo dropped out of high school in his senior year.

Peep the Migos’ Young Money interview below.

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