8:05 AM / Friday October 7, 2022

28 Jan 2017

Kevin Hart teams with History Channel to tell the stories of Black icons lost in history

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
January 28, 2017 Category: Diaspora Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Kevin Hart  (Photo: Shutterstock)

By Kiersten Willis

Comedian Kevin Hart is hosting a new special that looks into lesser-known stories about the historical contributions Black people have made to society. “Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History” will air on the History Channel and the star has a heavy hand in the development.

Hart won’t just host the two-hour show, he also will serve as executive producer through his Hartbeat Productions, which will team with Comedy Dynamics, A&E Networks announced Friday, Jan. 13.

“Kevin is an extraordinary performer with a real appreciation for history,” Paul Cabana, the History Channel’s executive vice president and head of programming, said in a statement. “Only he could bring these true stories to life in such an entertaining way. We’re thrilled to be working with him.”

“Black Man’s Guide to History” does not have an official premiere date yet — it is only known that it will be released in 2017 — but the plot has been made public. The show begins with Hart’s daughter becoming frustrated that Black History is always only about enslavement and oppression after she watches “12 Years a Slave,” the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Hart, however, seeks to change her opinion by educating her about some of the more obscure Black figures in history.

These include people like Henry “Box” Brown, an enslaved Black man who mailed himself to abolitionists in the free state of Philadelphia in 1849, and Black explorer Matthew Henson, who was the first to explore the North Pole but went uncredited. The stories are shown through re-enactments.

“I’m very excited to be working with History on this show because not only is it entertaining and it’s hysterical, but it also is an important program for our country right now,” Hart said in a release. “We hope to make people laugh and learn a bit, too.”

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News


Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana

October 6, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By ZEKE MILLER and CHRIS MEGERIAN WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is...


A message from Superintendent Watlington regarding the shooting outside of Roxborough High School

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Dear School District of Philadelphia staff and families, The School District of Philadelphia...


The Jacksons in concert on September 10

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email (Photos/Afea Tucker) The Jacksons — Jackie, Tito, and Marlon, along with a backup...


Puerto Ricans await aid, fret about post-hurricane recovery

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: A man points to a home that was collapsed by Hurricane...

Go With The-Flo

Lil Wayne is looking to make a big profit from the sale of his waterfront Miami Beach mansion

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Lil Wayne (Paul Smith / Featureflash / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Vegan Shortbread Cookies

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Chewy Five Ginger Spice Molasses...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff