Attending a family reunion is kind of like eating a bag of Sour Patch Kids — first they’re sour, then they’re sweet. Once the political arguments have died down and everyone has come to terms with the fact that I’m almost 30 and still single, there’s a magical shift. Before you know it, Aunt Linda is dancing on the table and everyone is wearing matching shirts that say, “Remember, As Far As Anyone Knows We’re A Nice Normal Family.”
If you’re missing those crazy yet compassionate moments with your loved ones, the Netflix series “Family Reunion” will make you feel right at home. When Jade McKellan (played by Talia Jackson) and her family move from Seattle to small-town Georgia, life down South — plus her traditional grandparents — challenge her big-city ways. While that situation sounds like every teenage girl’s nightmare, Jade uses it as an opportunity to embrace and learn about her Black heritage. In turn, viewers get a little history lesson of their own.
“I like that Hollywood is finally not afraid to tell Black stories,” Jackson told WrapWomen. “I love that we’re seeing things that represent our lives now and the history that we’re going to carry into the next generation.”