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ABC’s hit series ‘Black-ish’ is gearing up for an episode ripped straight from the headlines.The show which is already wildly popular for addressing societal norms within the African American community will air an episode on police brutality.

In recent years, the deaths of unarmed black males from Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray have resulted in the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement and impassioned protests that call for police reform.

Show creator Kenya Barris said the upcoming episode entitled, “Hope” was inspired by he and his wife’s personal debate on how to address police brutality with their own kids.

“It was this big division at my house, because I had my feelings that I wanted to spout out” said Barris to Variety.

“But my wife had her feelings and the biggest thing is, how do you talk about your frustrations and your angers, but at the same time not take away your kids’ hope and ability to still want to grow and thrive within a world that they have to live in?”

NAACP Image Awards host and star of ‘black-ish’, Anthony Anderson said he’s proud that the show will depict this necessary conversation that all families should be having, “I commend Kenya for writing this episode and giving a voice to this problem and to bring some attention to it, outside the attention that it’s getting in the media and social media,” he said.

The “Hope” episode of “Black-ish” will air on February 24th.


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