Remember when Issa Rae said she was rooting for everybody Black? Of course, you do, and so do we! And while her motto hasn’t changed six years later, a noticeable shift is occurring in the TV landscape as fewer Black stories are being told. But leave it to Issa, because Sis is brewing up a solution.
"You’re seeing so many Black shows get canceled," she said while speaking to Net-A-Porter in a cover story that dropped earlier this week.
And she’s not kidding. There are fewer Black stories with Black casts gracing the silver screen. In 2023, many shows that represented the community were booted, including ABC dramas "Grown-ish" and "The Wonder Years," Showtime's "Ziwe," Freeform's "Everything's Trash," and FX's "Kindred."
Other programs that got the axe last year include "Truth Be Told" which can streamed on Apple TV+ along with "A Black Lady Sketch Show," created by comedian Robin Thede and produced by Rae, which gained 13 Emmy nominations throughout its four seasons on HBO, as cited by Variety.
The outlet also broke news that Rae's "Rap Sh!t," was also cancelled at HBO Max after two seasons.
"You’re seeing so many executives – especially on the DEI [diversity, equity and inclusion] side – get canned. You’re seeing very clearly now that our stories are less of a priority,” Rae continued.
Still, as a trailblazer in the TV industry, Rae is not convinced enough is being done to drive sustainable change.
“I am pessimistic, because there’s no one holding anybody accountable – and I can, sure, but also at what cost? I can’t force you to make my stuff. It’s made me take more steps to try to be independent down the line if I have to.”
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