Med School

On the day of Coretta Scott King’s passing, I start to wonder if any of the advancements that she and her late husband fought for have come to pass. In a lot of ways things have changed, while in so many other areas things have either stayed the same or gotten worse (the devastation of Katrina comes to mind…). But I can say that one of the few areas where things are starting to look a little bit better is in the area of Television Programming. There have been some great shows on over the past few years: The Bernie Mac Show, Girlfriends and The Boondocks on the Cartoon Network come to mind. But one televison show that a lot of African-Americans may not be awaye of is Grey’s Anatomy.

Unbeknownst to a majority of African-American’s is the fact that the shows Creator and Executive Producer is an African-American woman by the name of Shonda Rhimes. Miss Rhimes has done an excellent job of providing a quality show to the executives at ABC (owned by Disney) featuring a cast of great multi-cultural actors. Not only is the show helmed by Miss Rhimes, but the show features three prominent African-Americans as Doctors on the show. James Pickens, Jr. portrays Dr. Richard Webber, a Chief Surgeon and the Chief of Staff at the hospital. Dr. Preston Burke, a top-notch surgeon at the hospital, is portrayed by celebrated thespian Isaiah Washington. Accomplished thespian Chandra Wilson portrays Dr. Miranda Bailey, Resident Surgeon and Director of Interns. Grey’s Anatomy also features the superb acting skills of Sandra Oh who portrays the Asian-American doctor Cristina Yang, an aspiring young intern at the hospital. Although the center of the show is a young white intern, Miss Rhimes has done a great job in showing the difficulties off all the charachters in trying to live life and save lives. The show has already received great reviews and won a Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Sandra Oh). The show is so good that I have been moved to tears on a more than a few of the epsiodes. It is a great mix of drama, emotion and comedy. I implore each and every one of you to start viewing and supporting this show so that we can help Miss Rhimes get other great programming aired. Grey’s Anatomy is broadcast Sunday evenings at 10p.m. EST on ABC (Check your local listings).

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3 Responses to Med School

  1. nikki says:

    you know, i was boycotting that show because i was tired of seeing black doctors not get with the sistas (washington’s character got with the asian chick).

    then i heard the exec. producer was a sista. i still haven’t watched it, but now it’s because i haven’t been watching much television lately. i’m gonna check it out, but i would LOVE to see some black on black love there, especially when we don’t see it on any other drama on network television.

  2. Viperteq says:

    While Washington’s character is with an Asian woman, traditionally his roles have always shown him linked up with Black women. I don’t see a problem with Rhimes linking him up with Yang as that seems to represent what’s going on in real life. Men and women are now, more than ever seeking love outside of their cultural boundaries. I’ve always said that my wife will be a Black women, but you can’t argue with who God decides should be your life mate. My last ex-girlfriend used to be engaged to a white guy. My second job was at AAA and I used to work with this white guy who would date nothing but sistahs. LOL, he used to say that he was ditzy enough, he didn’t need a ditzy white girl as his girlfriend. While I feel that no woman will ever understand my struggle like a black woman will, I think it also comes down to who will truly love and support you and what you stand for….. Man, this is a whole ‘nother post entirely!

  3. nikki says:

    i see where you’re coming from. i wouldn’t have a problem with it if there was an adequate representation of black folk with black folk on network television. there isn’t, primarily because of the lack of more than one black character on a drama. if we see it at all it’s on sitcoms.

    my point being that there IS black on black love out there. if television wants to provide an accurate depiction of the black experience in america, it should at least show it and not just the funny version we see on the sitcoms.

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