Whether it’s Sister, Sister or The Cosby Show, our experiences growing up are almost always interwoven with the media that we consumed as kids. More often than not, we’re able to recall the first time we looked on television or the big screen and saw someone who looked like us.
Team CASSIUS sat down with Netflix for its #FirstTimeISawMe campaign to talk about representation in media. While some of us had cute Black girls like Tia and Tamera Mowry to look up to, others had the well-meaning Theo Huxtable. Figures like these grounded us in who we are and who we could become if we stayed true to ourselves.
Today, we know it’s not enough to have one token character and call it diversity. We’re able to relate to characters like Elena of One Day at a Time, a Cuban-American girl who is navigating her feminism and her sexuality within her culture. We cheer for Coco of Dear White People as we become more familiar with the various layers of identity she unfolds. These characters make it okay for us to unapologetically be true to ourselves.
Check out the video above for more from Team CASSIUS on the #FirstTimeISawMe, and below check out Logan Browning‘s take on the first time she saw herself on TV. Make sure to share the first time you saw yourself represented on TV, with the hashtag on social.