'Hope' - When the kids ask some tough questions in the midst of a highly publicized court case involving alleged police brutality and an African-American teenager, Dre and Bow are conflicted on how best to field them. Dre, along with Pops and Ruby, feel the kids need to know what kind of world they're living in, while Bow would like to give them a more hopeful view about life. When the verdict is announced, the family handles the news in different ways while watching the community react, on 'black-ish,' WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.  LAURENCE FISHBURNE, ANTHONY ANDERSON, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, MARSAI MARTIN, MARCUS SCRIBNER, MILES BROWN, YARA SHAHIDI, JENIFER LEWIS

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In an upcoming installment called "Hope," the show will address a topic that is of no laughing matter.

Lauren Porter
Feb, 10, 2016

While ABC's Black-ish steadily provides laughs, an upcoming episode is tackling a more serious topic.


Variety reports that the sitcom, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis-Ross, will address police brutality in an episode set to air on Feb. 24.

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The episode, entitled "Hope," focuses on a family discussion revolving around a fictional incident between a Black teen and police. Anderson and Ross's characters, plus their four children, have various reactions to the broadcasted encounter.

Kenya Barris, show creator and executive producer, said the episode was inspired by his own personal desire to talk to his children about police brutality.

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"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," Barris said.

Barris added that his children saw how visibly angry people were with news headlines and thought approaching the subject matter in the show would be a beneficial outlet.

It's a decision Anderson applauds.

“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,” the actor said.

Black-ish airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.