Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, will be guest starring in Black-ish for the show’s final season. Black-ish is an American sitcom that first premiered on September 24, 2014, and has gained critical acclaim over the course of its seven seasons. The series follows Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) as he struggles to maintain his cultural identity while raising a family with wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) in an upper class and predominantly white neighborhood. Black-ish has garnered praise for its diverse casting, tackling of cultural and social issues, and award-winning performances from Anderson and Ross. The series was renewed for an 8th, and final, season that will premiere in 2022.
As announced by the Black-ish Twitter page, the series will be hosting Michelle Obama as a guest star for season 8. The announcement was made alongside a photo of the Former First Lady surrounded by the cast of Black-ish. The series, which premiered during Barack Obama’s Presidency, has long referenced the Obama family in various episodes. The Johnsons even dressed up as the Obamas for Halloween one year, and Obama’s inauguration footage was integrated into the 2016 episode, “Hope.” Now, the Johnsons will get to meet the Former First Lady face to face before the end of their series. Check out the announcement below:
Obama’s guest star appearance in Black-ish is the most fitting way to bid farewell to the series. Her guest appearance reiterates the celebration of Black history and culture that lies at the heart of the series. With the show’s tendency to effectively tie into current events, Obama’s guest appearance is likely to be real and emotional. With Black-ish’s slew of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, this special guest star has been hard earned by the series over the course of 8 years. Obama’s guest appearance is the one thing Black-ish still needed after seven seasons, and with its accomplishment of this feat in season 8, the series can bow out peacefully after an exceedingly successful and fulfilling run.