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United Shades of America 

W. Kamau Bell travels America and dives into issues in America such as racism, incarceration, and more.

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W. Kamau Bell ...  Himself - Host / ... 27 episodes, 2016-2019


Comic and political provocateur W. Kamau Bell hosts this CNN original documentary series in which he travels to the far corners of America to explore race-based subcultures. Using humor to soften his experiences, Bell willingly subjects himself to awkward situations -- like attending a cross-burning, hate-mongering Ku Klux Klan session -- to demonstrate "the many diverse and colorful definitions of America," CNN says. Bell also visits a gated retirement community, experiences inner-city policing, spends time with spring break revelers, speaks to prison inmates, and travels to the Last Frontier. Written by Jwelch5742

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23 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Benefit of the doubt
17 April 2016 | by howtogrowgodsSee all my reviews

Having never commented on IMDb, it is an assumption on my part that I will be able to edit this review once the series has actually premiered.

I have to wonder why this show has a rating already when it has yet to air. Walter Kamau Bell has never denied that he is a politically polarizing figure, but I don't know what would motivate users to vote down something that they have never seen, and therefore of which they could judge neither the journalistic nor the entertainment value.

Perhaps those Klan guys weren't happy with the clip editing.

Regarding said clip and related interviews, I think that this show looks promising as an exploration of American diversity, not just ethnically but culturally. If Bell can remain in the role of either calm observer or funny comedian without being overly proselytic towards the audience, it should have pretty broad appeal.

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