D.L. Hughley, Ed Gordon and Cedric the Entertainer

Journalist Ed Gordon hosts a star-packed special featuring interviews with the biggest African-Americans in movies, television and the comedy world premiering on Monday, July 17 on Bounce TV.

In the celebrity-driven Ed Gordon special, Gordon sits with Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley who, among other things, discuss the state of comedy in the age of President Donald Trump and the pros and cons of utilizing material based on the activities of the current administration.

“That’s the part that is frustrating, that you can’t always find humor in it,” said Cedric. “You do have to take it on stage, you do have to find moments in there that you can turn it into a joke, but on a daily basis, the dude is a liar, the dude is a liar. When is that funny someone who just lies to you all the time?”

Gordon interviews the stars of the upcoming summer comedy Girls TripQueen LatifahJada Pinkett SmithRegina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, who discuss their careers and reflect on the contributions of black women in Hollywood today, and sits down for candid conversions with Power‘s Omari Hardwick and Super Bowl champion-turned broadcaster Michael Strahan.

“It’s people like Jada’s husband Will (Smith) who helped us every step of the way, so it wasn’t just us When Will got in, he helped me get in; I’m going to help somebody else get in,” said Latifah. “It’s not about keeping it all to yourself, it’s about passing it on and keeping that door open.”

Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall

Straham said, “When you see someone of color excelling at something or given an opportunity, people are very embracing of that. I understand what I represent and every day I do my best. I try to be the guy, when I walk in the room everybody is happy I am there and not happy when I am gone.”

Michael Strahan (R) discusses his life, the challenges of becoming famous and gossip-page fare and more with Ed Gordon

Gordon has been a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes IIThe Today Show and Dateline NBC, the host of “News and Notes with Ed Gordon” on NPR, anchorman for BET and is a weekly contributor to the national Steve Harvey Radio Show.  He is also the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.  Bounce network is available in more than 95 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African-American television homes.

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