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Ed Gordon hosts summer entertainment special

July 14, 2017

Kimberly C. Roberts Entertainment Reporter

Award-winning journalist Ed Gordon, host of a Bounce TV newsmagazine bearing his name, presents an all-new summer entertainment special premiering at 10 p.m. on Monday.

In the hour-long special, Gordon sits down with some of the biggest African-American celebrities in movies, television and comedy today, including Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish from the forthcoming film comedy “Girls Trip.” There are also insightful interviews with Super Bowl champion-turned broadcaster Michael Strahan, “Power” star Omari Hardwick and comedians Cedric the Entertainment and D.L. Hughley.

In a recent national teleconference, Gordon, recipient of an Emmy Award, an NAACP Image Award and the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, stated that overall, the program will feature “lighter fare.”

“In terms of the lighter fare, if you think about what people tend to watch in the summer, it is a much, much lighter fare,” said Gordon. “We’ll be going heavy in September — we’re profiling Maxine Waters, we’re taking a look at the Flint crisis — and throughout the years, I’ve been known for celebrity interviews, whether it be newsmakers or the lighter celebrity — movie stars, singers, et cetra. And so I try to put my stamp on it, just to make sure that I’m not saying, ‘Oh! What’s your new album?’ ‘What’s your new movie?’ but we talk about that person’s life.

“For instance, we talk about Tiffany Haddish. She’s one of the stars of the movie, ‘Girl’s Trip.’ We talk about the idea that she came from a very troubled childhood, and whether some of the comedy that we see her do is coming from a place of pain. We talk to Jada Pinkett Smith about the idea of really igniting a push from Black Hollywood when she and Will decided to boycott the Oscars back in 2016.

“So there are some heavy elements in what we talk about in all of these segments. Whether it’s Omari talking about the pain that he and his wife went through, dealing with the barbs from social media when people found out his wife was white. Or whether it’s Michael Strahan talking about the tabloids that have invaded his life as his star grew on the television side — whether it was the controversy with [‘Kelly & Michael’], or his relationships and the like. He talked specifically about how to protect his family through that,” Gordon said.

Gordon added that even comic actors Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughely, whom have essentially built successful careers on “lighter fare,” find themselves in a unique situation as they discuss the state of comedy in the age of President Donald Trump.

“Both Ced and D.L. talked specifically about this Administration, and how you strike a balance in trying to make sure that you’re not so frivolous in a time that people are concerned, but you still want to be funny,” Gordon explained. “So, there is serious-natured conversation within the fun of what we’re doing for this show.”