Black History Month Appreciation (Day 24): Kevin Hart
Arguably the funniest person currently in show biz, Kevin Hart’s rise to stardom over the last few years has been nothing short of magnificent. Because of that, and because of the trajectory he’s currently on, it would only be right to honor the comedian/actor in our #LiveCivilBHM series.
Born and raised in the city of Philly, Kevin used to perform at comedy clubs as a young adult and in 2000 caught his first big break when Judd Apatow casted him for a consistent role on TV series Undeclared. The show was only on air for one year, but immediately after, Kevin began to get roles in popular movies such as Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005) and Little Fockers (2010).
Things really changed for Kevin in 2008 when he put out his first stand up special “I’m a Grown Little Man.” The spotlight began to shine on Kevin at that moment, catapulting him to the top of the stand-up rankings. After that, Kevin launched “Seriously Funny” in 2010, “Laugh at My Pain” in 2011, and most recently, his TV special titled “Let Me Explain” in 2013 where he grossed over $15 million, making it one of the year’s top-selling comedy tours. Talk about a come up.
In addition to that, Kevin’s had a main role in a ton of great movies as of late including Think Like A Man, Ride Along with Ice Cube, Get Hard with Will Ferrell, The Wedding Ringer, About Last Night and more.
Kevin’s also become a fixture in the hip-hop and sports world, owning the NBA All Star Weekend for the last four years, buddying up with the top rappers in the game, and serving as constant entertainment on his various social media.
Let’s face it — Kevin Hart is one of the most influential and polarizing figures in not only black entertainment, but the entertainment world as a whole. Thank you for the constant laughs, Chocolate Drop.
Happy Black History Month!