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Best of 2014: Kenya Barris on casting the perfect 'Black-ish' kiddie quartet

Why is ABC’s Black-ish the fall season’s biggest sitcom success story? Credit a sharp point of view, finely honed jokes, Tracee Ellis Ross (and her glorious hair), a plum timeslot right behind Modern Family… and, perhaps most importantly, the four young actors who keep stealing scenes right out from underneath star Anthony Anderson.

How did the show cast what might be the finest pint-sized ensemble on television? We chatted with series creator Kenya Barris—who says these characters are “loosely based” on his own brood—to find out, going kid by kid. Click here for more stories behind the year’s top TV moments.


Tracee Ellis Ross: '2014 was the year I saw my hair on TV'

One promising TV trend in 2014? The abundance of natural hair, as seen on black female characters from network TV to Netflix. Annalise Keating shed her wig and shattered narrow beauty standards on How to Get Away With Murder. The inmates’ textured hairstyles inspired emotional story lines on Orange Is the New Black. In Scandal‘s season premiere, Olivia took a rest from her silky-smooth D.C. blowouts. And Dr. Johnson’s hair on black-ish is exactly like Tracee Ellis Ross’ hair in real life: natural. Ross spoke to EW about what the boom in un-relaxed hair means to her. READ FULL STORY

Anthony Anderson talks working with Morpheus -- er, Laurence Fishburne -- in 'Blackish'

The captain of The Matrix‘s Nebuchadnezzar hovercraft is great at fighting in slo-mo and giving exposition. But is he funny? The answer’s a definite “yes”—at least, according to Anthony Anderson, who stars with Laurence Fishburne (a.k.a. Morpheus) in the upcoming sitcom Blackish. “Laurence started out on Pee Wee’s Playhouse back in the day,” the actor told Essence magazine at this past weekend’s Essence Fest. “People forget about his sense of humor and his comedic timing and abilities.”

Click below for more on Anderson and Fishburne’s latest project, which premieres this fall on ABC—and check Essence for more fest videos. (Sadly, you won’t find any of Prince. And just when we thought he had made his peace with the Internet.)



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