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Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History Review 2019 TV-Show Series
Director: Tom Stern
Writers: Brian Volk-Weiss (creator), Evan Waite
Stars: Steve Agee, Derek Basco, Brad Berryhill
Review: This should have been a series. It still should be. Kevin Hart has done an outstanding job of showing the true history of American men and women unsung in the annals of most popular history books here in an easily digestable and fun way. The fact that they happen to be black is a selling point, but honestly this stands on its own. He does such a great job telling their stories in a relatable manner it would translate into any subject, and it empowers him weaving the stories of African Americans to a high degree.
Being Canadian, I don’t know much about US history or black history. So my review is simple – Watch it, educate yourself, base an opinion, keep the negativity to yourself, read a book and keep learning. Thank you Netflix and Kevin Hart for taking a serious subject and making it viewable for all ages.
The interaction between Kevin and ‘his’ daughter felt stiff, but the overall reenactment and pace of the story was interesting and informative. There are going to be lots of negative or 1 star reviews because you know, America, but do not mind that. If you like history and reeanctment in an short comedy-style, you should watch this!I am from Europe and knew most of the people mentioned, but now I know other not so well-known people. Yes, I did learn today!
As a white, strait, southern (Alabama (and now Georgia)) Christian male, I usually don’t sit around watching black history programs because it recent years, it’s less about the great things that were accomplished during times of strife and more about claiming victimhood and blaming white men for everything. While I acknowledge that black folk have gotten the short end of the stick throughout history, I am overly tired of being blamed for it just because my great, great grandparents were white southerners… though not near rich enough to even think about having servants.
In fact, a large portion of my own ancestry was sharecroppers and indentured servants, themselves. While not completely relatable to forced slavery, it’s still a far cry for being rich slave owners. That being said, I really enjoyed Kevin Hart’s special. It was a bit too campy and corny for most people – some may even find it offensive if their underwear’s on too tight – but he gives a ton of information that I’ve never heard before. It’s packed with stories and info of lesser-known people within black history that did more to advance their situations than most anyone alive today. Kevin doesn’t present this film with a preachy tone; rather, he comes with what appears to be a light-hearted approach that many people can appreciate without feeling blamed or vilified for once. I’d give it 10 stars if it wasn’t so corny.
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