Date(s) - 07/16/2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Pitt Program Council and the Black Action Society are excited to announce Race, Injustice, and Seeking Change with W. Kamau Bell! Together, the Pitt Program Council and the Black Action Society will lead a discussion with the sociopolitical comedian and United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell, with a focus on the Black Lives Matter Movement, racism in America, and the impact all college students can have on the movements in our communities and in our country.
This event will be held over Microsoft Teams – students must download the Microsoft Teams app ahead of time, which can be accessed through the my.pitt.edu portal under “remote resources” and “communications” – the desktop version is available for both PC and Mac.
The link for the event can be found here: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MTAxNWUxZTQtNzRlNi00ZGU4LWI2ZGItN2I4MjU2NWY0OTQ3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%229ef9f489-e0a0-4eeb-87cc-3a526112fd0d%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22f2562d6b-c525-4531-962f-64ff4a191172%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d
W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and the host of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. He recently made his Netflix debut with the stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro. Kamau has a book with the easy-to-remember title 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. He is the director of the critically-acclaimed documentary Cultureshock: Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain. Kamau has hosted three critically acclaimed podcasts: Kamau Right Now!, Politically Re-Active, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period. Kamau is on the advisory board of Hollaback! and Donors Choose and is the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”
Kamau has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards and a GLAAD award, and he was featured on Conde Nast’s ‘Daring 25’ list for 2016. The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was mostly just excited that they called him “handsome.” The New Yorker said, “Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable.” Kamau is also known for his criminally short-lived FX & FXX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
Kamau still finds time to travel to college campuses around the country, performing his one-man show that inspired Totally Biased, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. Kamau’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN.com, Salon, The LA Review of Books, The Establishment. (One time, on his website, Kamau wrote about getting kicked out of The Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley on his birthday because they thought he was harassing his wife. Listen to his appearance on This American Life for all the details.)
All Pitt Program Council events are open to all undergraduate Pitt students with a valid (Oakland) Student ID.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Pitt Program Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 412-648-7900 for proper accommodations.