United Shades of America, a new CNN Original Series hosted by W. Kamau Bell, premieres on Sunday, April 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The eight-part series follows the comedian as he explores subcultures across the country, using comedy to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us. The series takes Kamau from the far corners of Alaska to Florida’s retirement homes to America’s most notorious prison. Each hour-long episode strives to show the country is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America.
In the premiere episode, Kamau heads to the South to challenge the ‘new’ Ku Klux Klan. This generation of Klansmen claims they have rebranded and Kamau must see for himself.
United Shades of America is produced by Objective Media Group America/All3Media America. Bell, Jimmy Fox, Star Price and Layla Smith serve as executive producers. The series will regularly air Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT following new episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
A undercover officer named Rogers is the only one who can get in close enough to the criminals that terrorize neighborhoods with drugs and violence. However, he finds himself becoming part of the problem as he almost becomes what he’s trying to bring down.