In my own experience as a black guy living in Atlanta, I have to say it's amazing how much I can relate personally to Earn. I dropped out of a highly respected college, had a child before I was married, spent a couple years borrowing beds in other people's homes, struggled with super-soul-sucking jobs beneath my ability, and stumbled through a lot of disappointments and personal failures. Atlanta has always taken care of me, somehow, some way, especially when I compare the city to my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, where it's much cheaper to live but much harder to be a black outsider.
Earn feels incredibly authentic and doesn't do well with other people's bullshit, although he's clearly not afraid of whatever circumstances he finds himself in. Whether it's shootings, strip clubs, or business negotiations with shady folks, the only thing that seems to scare Earn is failing to provide for his daughter. It's refreshing to see a reminder that black fathers are just as great as dads of other colors, especially as we enter the twilight of the first black presidency -- a dad with two daughters who has chided black men who haven't taken responsibility for their children, but also refuses to speak badly of people who practice Islam just because some people insist that he call them radical terrorists.