Growing up, I used to watch (obsess over) shows like Degrassi: Next Generation (the only one to watch), Lizzie Mcguire, That’s so Raven, and other shows dedicated to young adults.
And while these particular shows had very important characters of color and themes that pertained to communities of color, there still seemed to be something off about these shows and other shows like them during the time.
There was still story narratives that revolved around white characters/whiteness. As a young adult of color, I wanted to see myself have more, if not all, screen time.
As an adult, I’m happy to say that kind of show exists. On My Block is a show that centers, and I mean really centers, on Black and Brown kids-and ONLY Black and Brown kids.
On My Block follows a group of book and street smart kids who are navigating their way through high school, including all the of the triumph, pain and newness they experience along the way, all centered in a Black and Brown neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles.
Shows like Atlanta, Insecure, and the Get Down (even though ya’ll let it flop), and now On My Block, that purposely do not have any white characters are honestly revolutionary because:
These kids are talented: Fresh-faced new comers, Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray all kill it as the greatest Bestie Squad anyone could ever fathom.
2. While representation matters, accurate representation is ideal: there are just some spaces or narratives in real life that do not have white people involved; media and television should be able to portray that. On My Block does a great job of keeping well developed Black and Brown characters in the forefront.
3. Writer and producer, Eddie Gonzalez, (Empire, All Eyez on Me, Gang Related), writes of his experiences in this show, and there’s nothing better than creators of color creating content for characters of color.
On My Block Season 1 is streaming on Netflix now
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