If you LOVE Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and his adventures… get ready for a brand new flavor United Shades of America, a new CNN Original Series hosted by W. Kamau Bell, which will premiere on Sunday, April 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. I was asked a couple of weeks ago to preview a clip of the show and was immediately intrigued with it’s rawness.
Kamau, discovered by Chris Rock, was the star of the FX comedy series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Now he is using humor to tackle society’s challenges with race.
The eight-part series follows the comedian as he explores subcultures across the country, using comedy to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us. The series takes Kamau from the far corners of Alaska to Florida’s retirement homes to America’s most notorious prison. Each hour-long episode strives to show the country is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America.
In the premiere episode, Kamau heads to the South to challenge the ‘new’ Ku Klux Klan. This generation of Klansmen claims they have rebranded and Kamau must see for himself.