Bernie Mac 1957-2008
Bernie Mac passed away August 9 , 2008 . Bernie was one of the legendary “Kings Of Comedy “, known for their hard hitting comedy and social commentary on black folk. Bernie also was one of the comedians in “ Def Comedy Jam “ series , and was one of the stars the popular “Oceans 11” , and “House Party” movie franchises.
Bernie Mac was probably best known for his popular Fox television series "The Bernie Mac Show," which ran from 2001 to 2006.The series won a critically acclaimed Peabody Award in 2002.
Bernie Mack added to his collections the Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Despite winning these awards Bernie was most proud of the three NAACP Image Awards he garnered .The Bernie Mac show was important in social terms because it focused on a black man keeping the black family together. The story line featured the conflicts involving Bernie and three young relatives that were going to be taken over by the state.Bernie subsequently raises the children releasing them from the care of the foster system. This was a radical departure from the white Phil Drummond character of "Different Strokes " in the 1970's who raised the orphaned black children of his maid.
The Bernie Mac television character took an active role in the lives of his relatives and raised the children in a caring and loving environment.Many African American families have done this in the past and are continuing to do so today. "The Bernie Mac Show " was relevant because his program indicated that not all black men dodge fatherhood ,some men run to it and embrace it.America embraced Bernie Mac and he will be missed ,thank you Bernie for standing up for the joys of fatherhood.