Kevin Hart is ready to educate you on Black History in his new Netflix series, Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History. The celebrity father goes light on the comedy in this show that is meant to emphasize African American accomplishments that often go unnoticed and unappreciated.
Many know about the stand that Rosa Parks took, which served as a sort of launching pad for the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The masses may also know about Harriet Tubman and her underground railroad that helped slaves escape the brutal treatment of their masters during the nineteenth century. And nearly everyone knows about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He seems to be quoted on a daily basis for some reason or another.
Were you aware, though, that Matthew Henson was an explorer who sought out the wonders of the Arctic during his day? Also, Mae Jemison was one of few women astronauts during her time. These trailblazers and more do not receive nearly enough credit for their work.
Kevin Hart and Netflix are looking to change the scope with their new show. Hart’s series is geared towards kids and includes a mixture of commentary along with reenactments.
“There’s so much more to black history than peanuts,” Kevin Hart tells his onscreen daughter (Saniyya Sidney). The comedian’s reference to peanuts is meant to shed light on George Washington Carver who is often referenced as the “Peanut Man.”
“Black history is more than slavery and oppression,” Hart continues. “Goodness, you have the innovation, the brilliance, the creativity … these were the things that we use to challenge the oppression,” the celebrity father concludes.
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History made its debut on February 8, 2018. Catch the full series on Netflix!