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Kevin Hart’s bringing all the black history you never learned to a new History Channel show

The History Channel announced Friday that comedian and movie star Kevin Hart will produce and star in a two-hour special focused on little-known black historical figures.

Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History, which is slated to air later this year, will open with Hart’s pre-teen daughter feeling distraught after watching the movie 12 Years A Slave. Hart will spend the show challenging his daughter’s perception that black history begins and ends with stories about slavery and oppression with re-enactments of the lives and discoveries of important black figures from history, a statement from A+E Networks said.

Among the pioneers that will be featured in the program areMae Jemison, the first black woman in space; Matthew Henson, the first man to reach the North Pole (a feat that history conveniently forgot); Robert Smalls, a former slave who led a rebellion on a Confederate ship and eventually became a politician; and Henry “Box” Brown, a former slave who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden crate.

“I’m very excited to be working with History on this show because not only is it entertaining, and it’s hysterical, but it also is an important program for our country right now,” Hart said in a statement. “We hope to make people laugh and learn a bit too.”

 
 
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