THE HISTORY Channel has given the go-ahead for a special featuring comedian Kevin Hart talking about the lesser-known but important stories from black history.
Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History and is slated to be a two-hour special and executively produced by Kevin.
The plot of the show begins as he finds his daughter questioning why black history appears to only be about slavery and oppression after watching the film 12 Years a Slave.
This prompts him to begin educating her through scripted re-enactments about fascinating historical figures that people may not have heard about before.
They include Matthew Henson, the first person to go to the North Pole, but did not receive the credit; Robert Smalls, a former slave who led a revolt on a Confederate warship and pretended to be the captain to evade capture; Mae Jemison, the first Black female astronaut; and Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who courageously mailed himself to a free state in a box.
“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,” he said. “We hope to make people laugh and learn a bit too.”