#ScribdChat: Meet W. Kamau Bell, TV personality and author with Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale who's confirmed to moderate W. Kamau Bell's ScribdChat!
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018
Time: 9:00AM to 11:00AM
8:45-9:30AM: Doors open – networking with breakfast bites and coffee
9:30-10:30AM: #ScribdChat with W. Kamau Bell
10:30-11:00AM: Book signing, networking, and departure
Place: Scribd Headquarters - 333 Bush Street · San Francisco, CA, 94104
Please join us for a special ScribdChat with sociopolitical comedian, television personality, and author, W. Kamau Bell.
Bell is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. His stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro, debuted on Netflix in June 2018.
Bell is the author of 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. The book offers a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.
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.”
ABOUT W. KAMAU BELL
W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian who is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. On June 26th he made his Netflix debut with a new 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. 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.”
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Anna Sale is the creator and host of Death, Sex & Money, the podcast from WNYC Studios about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more.” After debuting at the top of the iTunes chart in 2014, Death, Sex & Money was named the #1 podcast of the year by New York Magazine in 2015. In 2018, the show won a Webby for Best Interview Podcast. Her guests have included Jane Fonda, Bill Withers, Mahershala Ali, Alec Baldwin, Lucinda Williams, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Burstyn, and former Senator Alan Simpson.
Before launching Death, Sex & Money, Anna covered politics for nine years. She traveled the country interviewing voters during the 2012 president election and appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC, PBS Newshour and in the documentary Weiner. She has also contributed interviews to Fresh Air with Terry Gross and reported for This American Life, NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Marketplace, Slate and The Atlantic.
Anna lives in Berkeley with her husband and daughter.