United Shades Of America

September 2016

S1 Ep1 - The New KKK

3.0 18 x
The KKK. A club known for hatred, violence and bigotry was once a thriving organization in the United States, but as times gone on, we’ve thankfully seen a steady decline in numbers over the years. Unfortunately, there are people looking to change that and claim to have a new message about white pride. Kamau Bell wanted to see firsthand who these men and women are and hear all about the “new face” of the KKK. They might be rebranding but is their same hate filled message the same? Kamau heads d...

S1 Ep2 - Is It Cool To Be Hip?

3.0 10 x
Is It Cool To Be Hip? - Some would say that the story of gentrification is the story of America: one group of people live in one place, and another wealthier group moves in and forces the other group out. Nowadays, one tell-tale sign that gentrification is happening in a city is pretty simple: hipsters move in. Portland, Oregon - aka the mecca of hipsters - has real people being affected by changes that gentrification brings. Kamau Bell travels to Portland to meet the people affected by the rap...

S1 Ep3 - Latino USA

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Latino USA - Latinos in America have long been the backbone of the United States and with Latinos predicted to be the majority population in America by 2044, they’re a group of people who’ll be at the forefront in shaping the future of our country. Kamau Bell heads to East Los Angeles, a city that’s over 90 percent Latino to sit down and meet some of the people doing everything they can to live the American dream and drive the conversation towards tolerance and acceptance. Kamau talks to the me...

S1 Ep4 - The Last Frontier

3.0 6 x
As time goes on, old traditions and culture seem to get forgotten. As Americans get used to the ease that technology brings to their lives, they’re still parts of America where old traditions and culture mean something. Is it around the corner from you? Most likely not, but Kamau Bell headed 320 miles north of the arctic circle to Barrow Alaska, to see how people live in a city that’s only reachable by plane. The Inuit people of Barrow have lived there for generations but as the natural resourc...

S1 Ep5 - The Fountain of Youth

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In a nation obsessed with looking and feeling young, there seems to be no better place to study this behavior then the state of Florida. Every year thousands of college students flock to the sunshine state for Spring Break while millions of retirees already call Florida home. To get a proper look at these two groups living on opposite sides of life, Kamau Bell heads to Daytona Beach to see how they both are getting the most out of life. Are there similarities between the two? Is there somethin...

S1 Ep7 - To Protect and Serve

3.0 9 x
Some would say that there’s a crisis in our country. A crisis between the police and the citizens who look to them for protection. With countless incidents showing police brutality against unarmed citizens, people are taking to the streets looking for real change in how we’re policed. Luckily some police departments are listening and trying to start the long process of changing the way they enforce the law.

S1 Ep8 - Behind The Walls

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As the business of prison expands, the amount of prisoners incarcerated in the United States continues to rise at an alarming rate. And while the numbers are alarming, what sometimes gets forgotten is that there are real people behind those numbers. And while the majority of men and women in prison deserve to be there for the crimes they’ve committed, what about rehabilitation?