TV & Film

3 Reasons You Should Watch The Chi

Everywhere I turn people are talking about the show, “The Chi”. I finally got the chance to see what the hype was about, and I must say I wasn’t disappointed. Produced by Emmy award winner, Lena Waithe, she wanted to create a show that gave the world an inside look of Chicago. If you loved the show “The Wire”, then you should give “The Chi” a chance. If that doesn’t make you want to watch the show alone, here are three reasons that should pique your interest.

(clockwise from top left) Yolonda Ross as Jada, Tiffany Boone as Jerrika, Jason Mitchell as Brandon, Armando Riesco as Detective Cruz, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine as Ronnie, Alex Hibbert as Kevin and Jacob Latimore as Emmett.

The cast includes an array of talented, up-and-coming actors in Hollywood including “Straight Outta Compton” actor Jason Mitchell, Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Jacob Latimore (Detroit), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Queen of Katwe), and Yolonda Ross (The Get Down). The importance of diversity is definitely being shown as more black writers and producers branch out in Hollywood.

The Characters

The series follows four main characters as their lives intersect: Brandon, an overachiever with dreams of being a restaurateur; Kevin, a 12-year-old who is smart for his age but still easily influenced; Emmett, a self-absorbed teenager who is trying to deal with fatherhood; Ronnie, an underachiever, whose adopted son’s murder is one of the main focus of the season. All of these characters connect in a whimsical way that later on reveals itself in a twisted web of dysfunction. They also shed light on real-life situations such as racism and police brutality that have been a problem in inner cities.

(L-R) – Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jason Mitchell, Alex Hibbert, Jacob Latimore — Photo: Michael Buckner/SHOWTIME
The Plot

The Chi shows a realistic portrayal of life in the city of Chicago. It is a glaring reality that requires viewers to confront their surroundings, rather than finding comfort in a fictitious setting. As well as showing characters in the inner city in a more positive light. They humanize characters where in reality would be demonized in the media.

The Chi is currently airing its second season on Showtime on Sundays at 10 pm.

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