‘Homeland’ Star David Harewood To Front BBC Documentary On The History Of Blackface

‘Homeland’ Star David Harewood To Front BBC Documentary On The History Of Blackface
Homeland and Supergirl actor David Harewood is to front a BBC Two documentary on the history of blackface minstrelsy after recent controversy about the issue in several high-profile comedy shows.

Blackface With David Harewood will explore the origins of blackface in early 19th-century America and how the form of entertainment, which acted as a delivery system for racist tropes, made its way to Britain. According to the logline, he will seek to understand how it shaped ideas of blackness in popular culture and why it endured so long.

The hour-long film is made by historian David Olusoga’s Uplands Television. Harewood is writing and presenting, while the producer and directors are Eric Haynes and Nia Campbell. Executive producers are Olusoga, Mike Smith, and Harewood.

Comedy faced a reckoning over blackface last year, when the BBC and Netflix removed episodes of Little Britain from their libraries after the Matt Lucas and
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