2013 Detroit Speaker Series: Race Harmony Dot Com Presents "It's Black. It's White. It's funny!"
The University of Michigan Detroit Center provides this description for the event:
"We're proud to present the comedy show, It’s Black, It’s White; It’s Funny, from 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday, March 14. Serving as programming of the University-wide theme semester, Understanding Race, the performance will be followed by an audience discussion of the topics evoked by the piece. The event includes complimentary admission, parking and opening reception for all attendees.
It’s Black, It’s White; It’s Funny features the comedic duo of Black Pedro and Johnny Walker, two of America’s brightest, up-and-coming comedians. Through a series of stand up routines and comedy sketches, Pedro and Walker use the art of humor to address commonly avoided racial issues in our society.
Black Pedro is a Detroit-native and graduate of Cass Tech High School. He perused higher education at Princeton University where he founded one of the schools’ most popular comedy troupes. Black Pedro currently resides in Los Angeles as a resident comedian at The Hollywood Improv and world famous Laugh Factory. In addition to drawing thousands of laughs while touring America’s college campus scene, he also appeared on season one of the hit BET television show, Hell Date. For more information on Black Pedro, visit: http://www.pedroisfunny.com
Johnny Walker, a graduate of Yale University, has become a familiar figure in the comedy world. His stand-up resume includes all 50 states in addition to 250 college campuses across the country. Like Pedro, Walker is a seasoned veteran with The Hollywood Improv and Laugh Factory. His television and radio appearances include National Public Radio (NPR), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TBS Las Vegas Comedy Show and the Dr.Demento Show. In addition to his stand-up and musical comedy performances, Johnny appeared on the television shows, Hell Date, Scare Tactics, Boys Behaving Badly and Breaking Up with Shannen. For more information on Johnny Walker, visit: http://www.johnnywalkercomedy.com
In addition to Black Pedro and Johnny Walker, there will be a brief performance by Images of Identities. To learn more about Images of Identities, visit: http://maizepages.umich.edu/organization/imagesofidentities
Presented by the U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Theme Semesters are a concentration of that very concept, providing intellectual and cultural engagement in a particular topic.
The goals of the Understanding Race Project includes an exploration of the idea of race as a social construct that has no biological basis, and as an idea that grows in meaning when examined at the intersections of other identities, such as gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and religion. The Understanding Race Project offers numerous opportunities for conversations about race, emphasizing student engagement, highlighting local experience and expertise, and looking beyond the struggles of the black/white ideology.
For more information on the event, visit: www.DetroitCenter.umich.edu or contact the Detroit Center at email@example.com / 313-593-3584."