When we think of Chris Brown, we no longer think of the jovial mama’s boy, Michael “Baby” Whitfield who stole our hearts in the 2007 film, This Christmas. Therefore, it was a shock to many when Entertainment Weekly reported that Brown will be guest starring on an all-new episode of the hit ABC family sitcom, Black-ish.
Though the series is known for tackling provocative topics like police brutality and racism, it has always been done with a family-friendly spin. It’s no surprise then, that the choice to bring Brown on as a guest star is raising quite a few eyebrows, but his new role might be just on brand.
In the forthcoming episode entitled, “Richard Youngsta,” Brown will be playing a famous rapper who begins working with Dre on a coveted advertisement campaign. However, things get a bit uncomfortable when Dre’s wife Bow, and mother Ruby, suggest that Dre’s campaign plays into negative stereotypes about Black people. Choosing Brown to star in the episode as Youngsta obviously gives the topic a bit more depth. We’re also sure that Kenya Barris, Black-ish’s creator and showrunner did not make this choice lightly. It will be interesting to see how things pan out.
Though Brown is currently on tour, it looks like Black-ish isn’t the only time he will grace the screen this year. According to his IMDB, Brown has been cast in an action comedy film entitled, Do What You Gotta Do as the character Charles Fisher. The film follows a hip-hop mogul who hires a Miami private investigator to make a ten million dollar deposit at the bank. Unfortunatly, the money is stolen by some Russian mobsters before the deposit can be made. This will be Brown’s first major film role since 2013’s Battle Of the Year. It’s good to see him returning to his acting roots.
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Black-ish airs Wednesdays on ABC, with “Richard Youngsta” debuting March 29.