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Read Monique's latest 'black-ish' recap at EW.com

If you missed this week’s black-ish episode, “The Gift of Hunger,” I’ve recapped it for Entertainment Weekly!

In this episode, Andre and Rainbow decide it’s time to teach their kids the value of a dollar. But are their kids actually “spoiled” like Andre believes, or are they just “comfortable”?

After his kids (and Rainbow) bail on him at the Beef Plantation, Andre comes to the not-so-reasonable conclusion that his kids are spoiled. Or, maybe it’s not so unreasonable—it is Andre and Rainbow’s combined income and their desire to give their kids more than what they had growing up. That leads to maybe not spoiled kids, but comfortable kids. Most of us are “comfortable” nowadays. Just like many of your parents out there, my dad also made sure my siblings and I had more than he had growing up, even leading him to give us comically sized portions for dinner. I just wrote I don’t like buffets. I’m clearly a “comfortable” person who can relate to these kids.

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Monique lists five reasons "black-ish" rocks at EW.com

I recap black-ish for Entertainment Weekly’s Community, and I thought it’d be neat to write a couple of reasons why I think everyone should be watching it. Here’s one reason why people should check it out.

The Goldbergs and Modern Family are two shows that showcase hilarious and entertaining families, but the last time I remember watching a sitcom specifically about a black family was in the late ’90s, with Moesha. Other shows like Sister, Sister, The Cosby Show, Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Parent ‘Hood and several other shows about black families populated the airwaves in the ’80s and ’90s, but it would seem that after the year 2000, nearly all representation of black families ceased to exist. The service that these shows gave—taking the black experience out of the realm of stereotypes and humanizing it—was hampered.

Black-ish certainly is a throwback to a time when family sitcoms were popular, but it’s also a fantastic way to introduce viewers to certain aspects of the black experience, such as being the only black person in a mostly white office space or school setting (and how irritating that can be at times). It reminds us as viewers how we can learn more about society (and ourselves) from different representations of family in the media.

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Latest "black-ish" EW.com recap: "The Prank King"

You might have celebrated Halloween with candy and costumes, but did you celebrate with horrible pranks like the Johnsons? This week on black-ish, Andre gets the shock of his life when his kids decide they don’t want to be a part of the pranking festivities anymore.

Here’s a snippet of my EW.com recap:

The oldest kids might have ruined the costume portion of the Johnson Halloween experience, but it’s the youngest ones who really drive the proverbial nail into the vampire coffin. Jack and Diane don’t want any Halloween candy after learning about diabetes in school. Neither of them want to lose their eyesight and feet to sugar! Dismayed and angry, Andre takes his frustrations out on the Halloween decorations he so lovingly filled his front yard with. Stapling an Air Dancer ghost in the head is probably one of the more macabre ways to say, “My family ruined Halloween.”

Want to know what else happens? Go to EW.com to find out!