On the box: Revolutionaries & Delinquents

2014-09-14 15:00

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Among the barrage of animated entertainment made by white guys?– including South Park, Family Guy, and just about every Adult Swim animation ever?– comes The Boondocks, a show by a black creator that tackles being black in the US.

We know black culture is underrepresented in the media, especially in the US. It’s almost as if Tyler Perry is the only black person making movies with black actors?–?and poor ones at that.

Now in its fourth and final season, The Boondocks is the incisive, charged and intelligent show that TV so desperately needs.

Adapted from an award-winning daily comic strip, it is told through the eyes of Huey and Riley Freeman.

The show tackles everything from R?Kelly’s sex crimes trial, hip-hop culture and interracial marriage to Obama’s election.

Huey and Riley have moved from the south side of Chicago to live with their grandad in Woodcrest?–?a mostly white suburb. Grandad just wants to blend in and enjoy his retirement in peace.

But 10-year-old Huey is a leftist revolutionary who often gets himself into insane political situations, and eight-year-old Riley is a wannabe rapper juvenile delinquent.

Thrown into the mix is Uncle Ruckus?–?a caricature of internalised racism. Ruckus refuses to accept he is black –?blaming the colour of his skin to what he calls “revitiligo”?–the opposite of what Michael Jackson had.

Series creator Aaron McGruder has been lauded for his no-holds-barred tackling of topics in this show and is a vital creative voice for black Americans.

His new sitcom, Black Jesus, is rocking the box in the US right now.

If you haven’t checked out The Boondocks yet, now is your chance.

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