ABC’s comedy Black-ish was very much inspired by the real-life situation of its star, Anthony Anderson. He grew up in Compton, California — yes, the “Straight Outta” hood — but his success as an entertainer has allowed him and his wife to raise their kids in much more lucrative surroundings. So, when the Black-ish kids face issues of cultural identity, they’re often mirroring the cross-cultural experiences Anderson’s kids have faced as they’ve grown up. As an example, Anderson told us the story of how his son, questioning his racial roots, wanted to celebrate his 13th birthday in an unlikely way. (Click on the media bar to hear Anthony Anderson)
Black-ish airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on ABC.