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New Black Spinoff of “The Daily Show” is testing the waters on race

Larry Wilmore is the host of a new show called “The Minority Report.”  He says that he’s ready for a black host to achieve prominence in a late-night spot on television.  Adding a comedic twist to the serious issue of black exclusion, Wilmore said this about transforming late night.

“I like my fish blackened, steak blackened and I don’t see why late night shouldn’t be blackened as well — it’s just tastier,” he said.

“The audience is looking for different voices and wants to hear something different, and they get tired of hearing the same thing. I think there is a huge opportunity to make a dent in that, and I am really looking forward to that.”

His show starts in January, and Wilmore claims that there won’t be tons of celebrity guests.  Instead, he’s going to focus on political guests for the show.  Wilmore got his start as the lone black reporter on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.  His spinoff is a huge test of whether a black host can survive in the late night space.  To date, there are no African Americans who’ve been able to bring a late night show and keep it growing with a mainstream audience.

“Being on the East Coast, it is easier to get guests in politics and some social areas we are going to be talking about,” says Wilmore. “It won’t be a celebrity-driven show as much as a political-social type of show.”




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3 thoughts on “New Black Spinoff of “The Daily Show” is testing the waters on race

  1. BIG MO

    Race – color- matters. It always has. White people built America – all the political systems, all economic systems, all the residential communities prior to 1964. Then the white man gifted the black man EVERYTHING he built. with civil rights laws How utterly stupid. White people build, create wealth, while the black man, thru civil rights laws, bullies white people out of what’s theirs.

    Blacks are a socialist people. They want eh wealth robbed from the white community and given to them. Only ONE political party uses uses socialism to rob hard working people DEMS. Naturally, blacks -almost all of them – vote for the DEMS.

    Blacks MUST hv a homeland in America.

  2. Erma Elzy

    Clearly Big Mo is writing to get as response. So here goes: get properly educated about America’s treatment of African Americans and then write a post! Yes, the financial system was created by whites but it was created off of the backs of Black people. Every heard of slavery? The economic triangle of slavery? Every hear about economic subjugation? What about pain old racism based on a person’s skin color? The fear of the browning of America through procreation because white men can’t create people of color but Blacks can? Blacks continually want what they’ve never had, equal opportunity to be happy, live in peace, raise families, earn and create wealth and again, live in peace. Stop writing ignorant things about subjects you so obviously no nothing about. The American system of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was never designed for Blacks. So yes, the struggle continues and folks like Big Mo continue to be the problem. Read Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy deGruy Leary and The New Jim Crow by Melissa Alexander and then you may have a clue.

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