It is Black History Month and as a country we may be more racially divided than other time in our history. As a kid growing up in the Italian-centric area of Bensonhurst Brooklyn, I can remember people being outright racist, so much so that they wouldn’t watch TV shows focused on black families or actors. I on the other hand was drawn to these shows.
Maybe it was because we were poorer than my friends and neighbors. Maybe it was because I could identify with their daily struggle. Maybe it was because the black characters were so much cooler than the rest of the cast. I don’t know, maybe I can’t explain it properly.
Regardless, I know that my life, my own personal pop culture wouldn’t be what it is without these shows and actors. Redd Foxx, Ron Glass, J.J. Walker, Eddie Murphy, Ted Lang and Fred Berry all taught me things about life and myself that I may not have ever known.
P.S. If you look closely, you can see where I learned my dance moves and hand gestures from. HAHAHAHAHA.