Our favorite child superhero will be back with Black Boy Magic
I am interested in what season two of the series will bring. I fell in LOVE with the teaser trailer starring a dark complexion Black mother and son navigating having a child with superpowers that was based on the ‘Raising Dion’ graphic novel by Dennis Liu (one of the Exec Producers of the Netflix series). I wasn’t disappointed with the casting choices but had some major feels. Once I decided to trust the creator’s vision and new casting choices I enjoyed the show. I think I watched it over the course of three days (it was a good chunk of time) and each episode left me wanting more.
The heart of the series is Dion Warren (Ja’Siah Young) who really was able to bring a lot of depth to a child struggling with not only the loss of his father Mark (Michael B. Jodan) but friends and his home (upper middle-class life) plus gender norms with a sprinkle of sexism towards his self confessed BBF Esperanza (Sammi Haney). His mother Nicole Warren (Alishia Wainwright) was not only trying to mourn the shocking loss of her husband but also learn to be independent after a lifetime of family, friends and a man to lean on. The supporting cast that guided Dion had some unexpected surprises that really kept me invested in what will happen next for our little boy hero.
I have to circle back to Esperanza that was a delightful tough little chick not taking any boy bs while living her own independent life as a girl that happens to be in a wheelchair. I wish MORE shows would have women with more spunk like Esperanza! Season one was a lot of growing pains learning who you were your real friends and enemies.
Raising Dion was one of the top 10 most popular series on netflix shepherded by Carol Barbee (Showrunner) and (executive producing team) Michael B. Jordan, Kenny Goodman, Kim Roth, Dennis Liu, and Charles D. King’s MACR will be back for the 8 one-hour episodes. Production is set to begin sometime in 2020 but details are still a little hazy this early of shooting start and release date. I’m thinking end of 2020 or early 2021 (don’t hold me to that)