There is a new episode of black-ish on Hulu. According to TV Guide, the episode titled “Please, Baby, Please” should have aired during Season 4, but was pulled after ABC and showrunner Kenya Barris couldn’t come to a compromise. Afterward, Barris signed a $100 million contract with Netflix.
The outlet describes the episode, saying, “The issue centers on Dre (Anthony Anderson) reading a bedtime story to his infant son, recounting the events of the past year, tackling several controversies that arose during Donald Trump’s first year in office.”
“One of the sensitive subjects covered in the episode is kneeling during the national anthem during football, which began as a sign of peaceful protest from major athletes in solidarity with victims of police brutality and racial injustice. In the episode, Junior (Marcus Scribner) and Dre get into an argument over the NFL’s #TakeTheKnee protests.”
They add that Barris and ABC have made a mutual decision to make the episode available to stream to start the conversation about Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and more.
In a statement about the episode, Barris said, “I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves and, as was the case nearly three years ago, we hope it inspires some much-needed conversation — not only about what we were grappling with then or how it led to where we are now, but conversations about where we want our country to go moving forward and, most importantly, how we get there together.”
“Thank you to ABC Entertainment for allowing this moment to happen. And thank you to the entire black-ish family for never shying away from tough conversations, making telling stories like this possible.”