Okay, I love Tracey Morgan's characters, even though with the exception of Brian Fellows, they're basically all slight veariations of the persona he's created as a comedian. I still love Tracey Morgan's work and I always have. His performances on SNL and 30 Rock, in particular where he was truly allowed to shine as an actor, had me on the floor. I'm a fan of Jordan Peele too. Get Out was a new kind of horror movie that struck a chord for me as an African American , and cinema lover, that nothing else on film ever had before, a terrifying psychological drama from one of the funniest folks out there. Now, I'm a fan of their latest collaboration, The Last O.G. Just finished it about 15 minutes ago.
I get a little teary-eyed when it comes to anything truly groundbreaking in black entertainment. It's a product of age, I just remember when the offerings were so few and now there's literally a feast. I'm not talking about the real housewives of Atlanta, but I am talking, Donald Glover's Atlanta, The BBC's Luther, HBO's Insecure, The Chi and Ophrah Winfrey's Greenleaf, (the last two of which I have not seen yet) Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It , Black-ish and a bunch of others all on the air at the same time. It was a dessert with regards to stories of black people, when I was child. Not anymore.
The Last O.G., could have easily gone down the road of the predictable, but it doesn't. It takes the premise of a street hustler who went to prison for slingin' rock in Brooklyn, released after 15 years to find the Brooklyn and the life he once knew changed forever. From there, based on the pilot episode that I just watched, it looks like it's not going to be predictable at all. It's funny as you would expect, it's honest and it's thoughtful. It's new ground. Way to go fellas.