Anthony Anderson, star and executive producer of the new ABC fall comedy series black-ish, appears on the cover of award-winning emmy® magazine, the Television Academy’s “must read” journal which hits newsstands today.
The actor is suave in a white-on-white Dolce & Gabbana linen suit, silk pointed tie and Ted Baker London shirt.
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The narrative behind ABC’s new comedy black-ish hits close to home for the comedian, who portrays a successful father struggling to make sure his privileged children remember where they’ve come from.
“I was dealing with my son coming home and saying he doesn’t feel black,” Anderson recalls. “
At the tail end of a heart-to-heart conversation about my unprivileged struggle growing up in Compton, California, versus my son’s privileged struggle growing up in the Valley and knowing nothing but private school, he said, ‘Dad, for my birthday, I want a bar mitzvah.’” Looking back, the actor is able to laugh at the memory, but at the time he responded, “Oh, so you really aren’tblack.’”
black-ish “has a real point of view,” shares Laurence Fishburne, who both executive-produces the series and plays Anderson’s old-school dad. “And although it appears to be a point of view about race, it’s really about class, success and generational differences more than anything else.” Adds writer-producer Kenya Barris, “That’s really what I wanted to say with this show, that we are the sum of all our parts, and we should acknowledge that.”
All that said, black-ish “…is not indicative of just one culture and one race of people,” Anderson concludes. “It’s inclusive. Everybody’s dealing with a little ‘ish’ in their lives.”