D.L. Hughley’s “The Endangered List” honored by Television Academy

D.L. Hughley may not have started his Dancing With the Stars experience on the right foot Monday night (earning the low scores of the evening in week one), but the stand-up comedian did have some great news to fall back on — his Comedy Central special, D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List, was singled out by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as one of eight broadcasts in 2012 “With A Conscience.”

The TV Academy, home to the Emmys, will recognize Hughley’s special as part of the Sixth Annual Television Academy Honors on May 9, 2013.

“This group of honorees represents some of the most powerful and thought provoking television programming from the past year,” said Television Cares Committee Co-Chair John Shaffner. Added Co-Chair Lynn Roth, “Each year we are seeing more and more programs that educate as well as entertain which is exactly what the Television Academy Honors is all about.”

The listing for Hughley’s Comedy Central special reads: “Despite promises of post-racial America in the age of Obama, things have hardly improved for African Americans as their net worth declines and crime rates soar. What would happen if black people had the same protections as endangered species? In this hour-long satirical documentary special, Hughley sets out to try to add “the black man” to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Endangered Species list. He travels across the nation gathering evidence and interviewing experts on race, religion, and politics in a quest to save his people. (Produced by Five Timz Productions)”

Other 2012 honorees:

  • A Smile as Big as The Moon
  • Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide
  • Hunger Hits Home
  • The Newsroom
  • Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
  • One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal
  • Parenthood

Here are some clips from D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List, which aired in October 2012 on Comedy Central:

Meeting with lobbyists.

Collecting petition signatures: White guilt.

What happens to “White Power” if black people go away, though?

Speaking before the EPA in D.C., with D.L.:

You can also view D.L. Hughley’s Comedy Central special via iTunes or Amazon:

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