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).