If you happen to requested “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris a 12 months in the past who his dream visitor star for the ABC sitcom could be, Kanye West could be on the prime of his wishlist. Now, his reply could be a little bit totally different.

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“I nonetheless love him, however it’s … totally different,” Barris stated of the rapper, who has drawn controversy over the previous couple of months for inflammatory feedback relating to slavery and president Donald Trump. 

Whereas the sitcom that includes Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross has had a slew of cameos over the course of 4 seasons, Barris nonetheless has some visitor stars he’d like to see on the present.

“I would like [Samuel L. Jackson] to be Pop’s (Laurence Fishburne) brother,” he stated. “ I need to make all of the jokes about how they preserve getting mistaken for one another. And I would like the daddy of these two folks to be Garrett Morris.”

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Barris spoke at a Q&A on Saturday in Burbank, Calif., following a sophisticated screening of the ABC comedy’s Prince-themed 100th episode. He appeared alongside Peter Saji, the author of the episode, in addition to the present’s forged.

Within the upcoming episode, which airs Tuesday, every member of the Johnson household will get dolled up as Prince to pay tribute to the icon. The crew covers his most well-known tracks, from “Purple Rain” to “When Doves Cry.” Sagi revealed that the episode was such a giant manufacturing to undertake that they ran out of cash on the finish. That’s why Charlie (Deon Cole) has to explain a tune within the final scene, as a result of “we couldn’t afford to play it.”

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Barris stated it wasn’t a coincidence that they selected to honor Prince within the 100th episode. Yara Shahidi, who performs Zoey Johnson in “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish,” was Prince’s godchild, and her father was the late musician’s photographer. “That is all a part of one thing that’s imagined to occur,” he stated.

The forged additionally reminisced about their favourite episodes, in addition to recollections from the previous 100 episodes. Lots of them highlighted “Juneteenth,” an episode from Season four that raised consciousness for the date in 1865 that marked the emancipation of slaves, as a very memorable one. The affect of that episode was so highly effective that when Barris noticed Tim Cook dinner at an occasion afterward, the Apple CEO confirmed him that Juneteenth was now formally listed on the Apple iPhone calendar.

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“That is comedy, however comedy is magic in that it may possibly make folks take into consideration issues that they don’t know they’re desirous about, as a result of they’re laughing,” Barris stated.

Fishburne additionally praised the present’s position in selling variety and inclusion as Hollywood nonetheless struggles to observe go well with.

“After I go away, I search for and I’m one in every of solely three or 4 black faces or faces of colour on a set. After I come house to ‘Black-ish’ and I search for, I see one thing else,” he stated. “I see a number of ladies, I see ladies of colour. I see a number of totally different sort of folks. I see a very inclusive and numerous set and I feel that’s the factor that all of us might be actually happy with.”


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