Black-ish Woes: Is My Success Making My Child Less Driven?

At the heart of the ABC series Blackish lay one question: How do you go about instilling certain traits and values in your children about hard work and success if your kids are having a much more privileged upbringing than you had growing up? It's a question that is furrowing the collective eyebrows of middle-class and upper middle-class black parents who fear that their own successes will cause their children to not develop certain qualities that would help them get to the top.

The Root's Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele speaks with Nita Young, an accomplished school principal who struggled to motivate her daughter to do well in school and take initiative, and Duke University Sociology Professor Angel Harris who sheds light on how children think about their upward mobility and their chances at success.

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features expert advice for TV and film’s most complex characters:
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