Next Jeneration had the pleasure of checking out an exclusive premiere of the first episode of ABC’s new show, Mixed-Ish.
Now, you may have seen the award-winning hit show Black-ish. Mixed-ish serves as a spinoff of that show, making it the third “ish” of the franchise, including Grown-ish starring Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson and more.
The show focuses on a younger version of Rainbow Johnson, played by Tracee Ellis Ross and Arica Himmel in the new series. The show takes place in the 1980s, and a young Rainbow and her siblings are in for a wakeup call when her family is forced out of the commune where she grew up and into mainstream society. There is where she first comes to the realization that she is “mixed.” Coming from a black mother (Tika Sumpter) and a white father (Mark Paul Gosselaar).
The show touches upon topics that are seldomly talked about, but very much needed! As Rainbow and her siblings begin to explore a new life, they also begin to face challenges that they’ve never been exposed to. Such as race and identity.
“It’s about time, it really is. I didn’t have to deal, fortunately and unfortunately, with what a lot of my brothers and sisters who are mixed had to deal with because of the way I looked,” Gosselaar explained to Variety. “But it still didn’t mean that I still didn’t have some form of issues with where I fit in in society.”
Being biracial, and the challenges that come with identifying with two races are rarely discussed, especially in a mainstream way. The show opens up a dialogue that is going to spark a lot of conversation. It’s also going to make you laugh and tug at your heart strings.
Check out the show airing on Tuesday 9/24/2019 at 9pm.