'Our show resonates with people because of that honesty,' Anderson tells EW

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
August 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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When Black-ish enters its second season in September, it will continue to highlight polarizing social issues while delivering the kind of quality comedic material fans have come to expect.

In an interview with EW, the series’ Emmy-nominated lead actor, Anthony Anderson, reveals that one of the first episodes of the new season will tackle the N-word.  “[The episode] is about who has the right to say that word, and whether it should be said at all,” Anderson says.

During a performance of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” Jack (Miles Brown) does not perform the Glee version … though it’s true she ain’t messing with no broke “bros,” either.

Indeed, as Anderson reveals, his character’s youngest son lets loose the N-word per the song’s lyrics, and promptly ends up teetering on the brink of expulsion for hate speech. “It’s definitely not hate speech coming from a 9-year-old kid who has not an ounce of hate in his body,” says Anderson, “but he’s expelled for singing along to the lyrics from a song.” 

The new season — which will also feature an episode centered on gun ownership — will “continue to push the envelope,” says Anderson, adding that the minds behind Black-ish “pride [themselves] on dealing with topics and subject matter that are divisive. Because of that divisiveness, people are able to begin a dialogue that may make you change your perspective. Our show resonates with people because of that honesty.”

Black-ish returns Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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