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17 Apr
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Grand Lake Theatre
Grand Lake Theatre 3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610 United States
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Guests Expected

Host and executive producer W. Kamau Bell is expected to attend.


Over three seasons in his endlessly fascinating, Emmy Award-winning CNN Original Series on life in the 21st century US, Bay Area cultural commentator, comedian, and author W. Kamau Bell has visited a vivid cross-section of American humanity from Ku Klux Klansmen to Alaskan Inuits to Portland hipsters to Appalachian coal miners to South Carolina Gullah. In this indelible episode from the show’s fourth season, Bell travels to Mississippi where he meets with activists, providers, and others on the front lines in the fight for reproductive justice and reproductive rights for women in a state where those rights are severely limited. A conversation with Bell and moderator Anna Sale follows the screening.

Note: This is a free screening. Registration required.

“W. Kamau Bell is good company, and in his appealing new CNN documentary series, United Shades of America, his quick wit and earnest intelligence are used well… Bell’s lively presence remains a draw throughout. If you’re going to go on a road trip with someone, the curious and dryly observant Bell is excellent company to have… All in all, United Shades is, like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, a generally thoughtful and well-crafted travelogue, one that isn’t the final word on a given subject but one that also never gets bogged down by a sense of self-importance.” – Maureen Ryan, Variety

Series Creator W. Kamau Bell

Host and executive producer W. Kamau Bell is a writer, cultural commentator, and comedian. He is the author of the book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’4, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian (2017). As a podcaster he cohosted The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture (2010), cohosts Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period (2014-), cohosts Politically Re-Active (2016-), and hosts Kamau Live Right Now (2016-), a live radio show as well as a podcast. He wrote, starred in, and produced the TV series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (2012-2013). He has received two Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for United Shades of America (2016-), and the show has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and one more nomination for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. His comedy has been featured in SXSW Comedy with W. Kamau Bell (2015), W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro (2016), and W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 42

Country USA

Producer W. Kamau Bell (Series Host and Executive Producer), Jimmy Fox, Justin Yungfleisch, Lauren Thompson, David E.J. Berger, Dwayne Kennedy, Geraldine L. Porras, and Jill Jones

Cinematographer Patrick Higgins