History has teamed with actor/comedian Kevin Hart to produce a special that looks at lesser-known black history stories.
The two-hour event, Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History, will star Hart and will focus on historical African-American figures that people may not have heard about before. The special, produced by Hartbeat Productions and Comedy Dynamics, will highlight such figures as 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; and Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut.
“Kevin is an extraordinary performer with a real appreciation for history,” said Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for History in a statement. “Only he could bring these true stories to life in such an entertaining way. We’re thrilled to be working with him.”
R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.
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