Kevin Hart’s next big project will be tackling a colossal subject: African-American history.
The comedian will be creating “Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History,” a special for the History Channel, confirms the cable network. The two-hour program will explore lesser-known moments in Black history, but through the lens and humor. Hart will star and executive produce it via his Hartbeat Productions company.
“Not only is it entertaining, and it’s hysterical, but it also is an important program for our country right now,” Hart said of the special. “We hope to make people laugh and learn a bit too.”
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Hart’s daughter, Heaven Hart, will also play a role in the special, Variety reports.
“The show begins with Hart’s daughter upset after watching the film 12 Years A Slave, believing that Black history is solely about slavery and oppression and prompting Hart to educate her through scripted re-enactments about fascinating historical figures that people may not have heard about before,” they write.
Some of the figures explored in the special include Robert Smalls, a former slave who led a revolt on a Confederate warship and pretended to be the captain to evade capture; Matthew Henson, the first person to go to the North Pole, but did not receive the credit; Mae Jemison, the first Black female astronaut; and Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who courageously mailed himself to a free state in a box.
A debut date has yet to be announced.