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‘Black-ish’ throws TV’s best-ever Prince party in its 100th episode

November 11, 2018

There have been plenty of tributes to Prince since he died more than two years ago, but few are as much fun, or as fanatical, as Tuesdays episode of Black-ish.

The celebration kicks off when the shows twin tweeners walk in on the rest of the family goofing around to a recording of Lets Go Crazy while drying the dishes.

Who was that lady singing? says Jack (Miles Brown), making it painfully clear that his musical education is limited to what debuted on Spotify right after breakfast.

The grown-ups are mortified.

Thats worse than Kanye saying slavery was a choice, says grandma Ruby (Jenifer Lewis).

The Johnson family quickly assembles in the living room for an emergency meeting and an excuse to reminisce about how Prince affected their lives.

Pops (Laurence Fishburne) recalls how he quit a dead-end job in a factory after Prince accused his record label of treating him like a slave. Ruby credits When Doves Cry as an inspiration for getting her kids out of Compton.

Oldest daughter Zoey (Minneapolis native Yara Shahidi, whose father used to work as a Paisley Park photographer) claims Sign o the Times turned her on to social activism. Parents Andre and Rainbow (Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross) insist that their first date would have ended in disaster if Erotic City hadnt bolstered their confidence.

The trip down memory lane is illustrated by re-creations of classic videos hits (Purple Rain) and lesser-known gems (7) as the more-than-game cast gives the costume department a workout. Its the funkiest post-Halloween party of the season.

Black-ish has tackled more ambitious subjects during its five-year run, but its hard to think of a time the actors were ever this giddy.

You will be, too.

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