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September 17, 2014

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Blacks on T.V. Is it Getting Better or Worse?

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By Kelli Martin for Clutch Magazine: Back in the day, you could turn to just about any major TV network and see predominantly- or all-Black casts on primetime shows. Now, those casts have . . . well, just about faded to black. Game over.

Turn on the small screen today. Rather than casts of brown, you'll peep mostly-white ensembles, with chocolate sprinkles-but in unprecedented numbers.

When it comes to scripted TV shows, is it better to be in the mix or be the whole enchilada?

In the 90s, all-Black casts, predominantly-Black ensembles, and casts with Black main characters were everywhere on network TV's primetime dramas and comedies: Good Times, The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Martin, Eve, Living Single, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends. And though I'd like to forget Malcolm and Eddie and Homeboys in Outer Space, they represented too.

Nielsen recently reported that African-Americans have the highest TV-watching rate in comparison to other ethnicities. That average is 7 hours 12 minutes each day-above the national average of 5 hours 11 minutes.

With so much tube time, you'd think mostly-Black casts would abound, right? Not so. When it comes to the major networks AMC, CBS, NBC, FOX and THE CW, here's the not-so-good news: there are far fewer brown faces on each show. The good news: we abound, alright, on many more shows overall. From Grey's Anatomy to Gossip Girl, from SVU to CSI, from Desperate Housewives to Parenthood and many more, African-Americans are sprinkled throughout current ensemble casts in unprecedented numbers.

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