Tonight on ABC’s comedy Black-ish, Raven-Symoné guest stars as Dre’s sister, Rhonda. The synopsis for the episode, called “Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell” says Rhonda “is in town for Mother’s Day and although she hasn’t come out to the family, everyone knows she’s gay–except Ruby (guest star Jenifer Lewis)—and Bow thinks Dre should tell her the truth.”
“There are some amazing scenes in this episode that can hopefully open eyes to other people. You get to see other people’s pain. And you get to see other people’s dislikes and how that affects others.”
And in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she shared a few more specifics:
“Well I play Anthony Anderson’s sister and there’s definitely more to come this season, but she’s very cool. She doesn’t talk that much, but you understand how they can definitely be brother and sister, and yeah, I think she’s the cool aunt of the family. She mostly keeps to herself because of her lifestyle and she understands that her family is the ‘don’t’ ask, don’t tell’ type of family.
From her brother’s wife it’s of acceptance, and from her brother it’s kind of a weird revelation of ‘I knew it, but we don’t talk about it’ type of thing. From her mother it’s a reaction that I’m sure a lot of people in the LGBT community get from an older generation. It’s interesting to see how it plays out in the episode, and it will hopefully help others accept themselves and be able to teach acceptance to another generation.”
Watch this clip of Raven as Rhonda and make sure to tune in to watch Black-ish tonight on ABC at 9:30ET/PT.