This Week in Kamau: W. Kamau Bell’s CNN series (“United Shades of America”) and Showtime stand-up special (“Semi-Prominent Negro”) both debut

W. Kamau Bell‘s second chance to make a big first impression on American audiences is off to a hot start. Literally, figuratively, metaphorically. His CNN series, United Shades of America, debuted Sunday night and closed the hour with the stand-up comedian standing face-to-hooded-face with a group of Ku Klux Klansmen as they set fire to a giant cross in the rural South. It was the Cable News Network’s highest-rated show of the night.┬áNow Bell’s first hourlong stand-up special, Semi-Prominent Negro, premieres tonight on Showtime. Both the series and the special place Bell in a more prominent light than his...

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