We Made It!

You haven’t made it until you made enough money to move out the hood and your family too. In the episode of Blackish, Man at Work (Extended Cut) Dre says, “Sweet job, plush house, decent kids. You can say I made it and like all those other people who made it they take care of the ones they love”. Dre’s neighborhood friend comes to stay with the family until he gets enough money to live on his own. Bow is conflicting with Dre about how long his friend is staying over. He seems to be just a bum on their couch eating everything. Until one day he created a art piece that gets picked up by a art buyer and receives a lot of money.

Dre also tries to protect Charlie from getting fired at work because the new boss doesn’t think he’s good at his job. Dre tries to save face and portray Charlie as a asset to the company to his boss. In the end the boss decides to keep Charlie but at the expense of Dre making sure he stays on top of his work. According to Roberts-Douglass, K., & Curtis-Boles, H., “Other images of masculinity within family identified by participants included being persistently calm, whether facing difficulties or experiencing success; being steadily persistent in a course of action, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement; and, being tenacious. (p. 12, 2013)”. Dre has shown this through his character not only at home but at work with his friends. He sees that Charlie is struggling and steps in as a role model so he can stay with the firm. According to Roberts-Douglass & Curtis-Boles, “European standards of manhood, which include the provider, protector, and disciplinarian, creates feelings of inadequacy among African American males (p. 7-8, 2013)”. Dre takes on the role of black man who fits into the European standards of manhood.

Barris, K. (Writer) (2015). Man At Work (Season 2 Episode 9). Blackish. Location: ABC Studio.

Roberts-Douglass, K., & Curtis-Boles, H. (2013). Exploring positive masculinity development in African American men: A retrospective study. Psychology Of Men & Masculinity14(1), 7-15. doi:10.1037/a0029662


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