5 Black TV Shows to Keep an Eye On

BY SARAH ISOKE DAYS

This month, we welcome Raven Symone back into our homes and hearts with her new Disney channel show, “Raven’s Home”. The sitcom is a spin-off of the beloved Disney hit, “That’s So Raven” and will be premiering July 21. Find out more about the reboot here.

This reemergence of a beloved black series only leaves us longing for more, so here are 5 Black TV shows to keep an eye on!     

1. Insecure

Molly (Yvonne Orji) and Issa (Issa Rae).

Molly (Yvonne Orji) and Issa (Issa Rae).

This HBO series is back and better this month with its second season premiere. On July 23 we will once again be able to follow the main characters, Issa and Molly’s feats and failures as they navigate through their social, romantic, and professional lives as best friends and modern day black women. This series is one to watch because of it’s realness. Issa Rae who is creator, co-writer and co-star of the show is never afraid to back down from a controversial subject. Whether it be homophobia in the black community or a “broken p*ssy”, the show tackles it head on, breaks it down, and executes it. The result is always authentic and original. If you hadn’t had a chance to catch the first season, HBO is giving you one day to stream 'Insecure' for free on YouTube! Your chance begins at 6AM ET on the 23rd, hours before the second season’s premiere. This all too relatable comedy returns “hella” soon, so tune in! 

2. Queen Sugar

Queen Sugar's  Kofi Siriboe & Ethan Hutchison.

Queen Sugar's Kofi Siriboe & Ethan Hutchison.

This series, which is also on it’s second season brings to life the story of three estranged siblings who are forced to come together after the death of their father leaves them with a hefty inheritance to claim—an 800 acre sugarcane farm. We’re suggesting this show because of it’s rawness. The episodes continuously tackle modern day issues, all the while breaking and defying stereotypes and engrained beliefs about blacks. Queen Sugar is a series co-created by Ava DuVernay, located on The Oprah Winfrey Network, and features heartthrob Kofi Siriboe, thus a must-see.

3. Black-ish/College-ish

The cast of  Blackish.

The cast of Blackish.

This beloved new age sitcom follows a father Dre, who as a black man, slowly but surely begins to question his affluent suburban life. The storyline follows his conquest to renounce his family’s cultural assimilation and recover a sense of ethnic identity. The show, while unceasingly hilarious, somehow perfectly knows how and when to take on serious issues regarding being a black American in today’s day and age. Black-ish’s third season is currently airing on ABC.

The eldest daughter on Black-ish, “Zoey” as played by young actress Yara Shahidi will be getting a spin-off about her experiences venturing away from her parents’ home and into college. It will be an “A Different World” like series called “College-ish”. Yara’s new show premieres early 2018, so keep an eye out!

4. Greenleaf

Merle Dandridge as 'Grace Greenleaf' in  Greenleaf .

Merle Dandridge as 'Grace Greenleaf' in Greenleaf.

This series, also one of the greats on the Oprah Winfrey Network, centers around the Greenleaf family and their mega-church. The series began with the Greenleaf’s eldest daughter ‘Grace Greenleaf’ return home from a long hiatus from her residence and from preaching to rectify her younger sister’s downward spiral into death. Grace’s reappearance brings about much change and uncovers multiple scandalous happenings. This show is a serious drama that is currently on its second series. Tune in for an in-depth take on all the inner workings of black megachurches.

5. Power

Omari "Ghost" Hardwick in  Power .

Omari "Ghost" Hardwick in Power.

Now we highly recommend this last series for its drama and intensity. This intense drama produced by rapper 50 Cent follows the life of mogul James “Ghost” St. Patrick whose public life tells a story of success, family, and overall prosperity. Ghost’s secret life is one full of drugs, betrayal, and murder. This show’s constant twists, turns and cliffhangers keeps viewers tuned in week after week. Power is currently on its fourth season airing on Starz. You won’t be disappointed with this current season’s drama!