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D.L Hughley’s latest book, Surrender White People; Our Unconditional Terms for Peace, engages readers in a delightful discussion on race, racism, and racial inequality. It’s a conversation that helps readers to embrace the discomfort and examine the difficult and often polarizing content.
Hughley is an American actor, political commentator, radio host, author and stand-up comedian. He is best known as the original host of BET’s Comic View from 1992 to 1993, the iconic character on the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys, and as one of the “Big Four” comedians in The Original Kings of Comedy, a film and tour by Spike Lee.
His current podcast, D.L. Hughley Uncut airs on Pluto TV. He has been the host of CNN’s D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, a correspondent for The Jay Leno Show on NBC, and a local radio personality and interviewer in New York City. In early 2013, D.L. Hughley landed in 9th place on Dancing with the Stars. His relatability is the key to his success as a comedian, author, and actor.
If public fears contradict a value in place, even if everyone knows it is just not true, they stay with the story. Myths like the endearing tale of Christopher Columbus discovering America and having a Thanksgiving celebration with the natives is a folk tale, but it is a well-loved picture handed down as a bonding holiday. The public is reluctant to give up the pleasure of the vision, so they continue the holiday despite the truth.
“It’s kind of our story in America,” Hughley said in a recent interview with the National Public Radio. The new book is a humorous take on societal divisions that still sting. As a comedian, the legendary comic is an original member of the “Kings of Comedy,” a quartet comprised of Hughley, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. Known for quick wit and intelligent banter, as an author, Hughley draws on the resourcefulness of his humorous side to deliver his message. This is anything but new territory for Hughley. He is the author of the other critically acclaimed books including the New York Times bestseller How to Not Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People and The Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years.
In Surrender White People, Hughley goes deeper than ever. ◊