It’s not lost on me that the scene unfolding before me – five black creators being interviewed by a black writer for their Black-ass TV show – is not only a rare sight in any entertainment industry, it would have seemed impossible one a few years ago in Canada in particular. And not because the talent hasn’t always been there. But because that talent has faced obstacles beyond his control that have halted productions before they started, stalled careers before they took off, and dampened ideas before they were dared to be dreamed up. These barriers, Officer (Akilla’s Escape) said, are largely due to the television keepers. “The [reason] if there’s been so little progress for many years, it’s because individuals have to be approved by a network executive to work on a show, whether it’s writing, producing, directing, whatever. And this approval process has not [looked] the way blacks, Asians, Browns, etc. are really progressing in this industry. The conversation has only changed in the past two years, but the problem has been there for a long time,” he says. “So hopefully the ground that this show can break is [to prove] there is a series of us who are approvable, and biting, ready to go and able to do this job.