“The new Black: a story of race, culture and the US dream,” says host Samantha Bee, “is the story of how America changed and grew as a country and what we can do about it.”
The new Black features a story about the history of racism and the legacy of slavery, the civil rights movement and the first African-American president.
“The Black Lives Matter movement was the beginning of what has become the modern movement for racial justice and justice for the oppressed,” Bee said in an interview.
“We’re living in an era where race is the greatest issue of all.”
The show, which airs Mondays at 10 p.m.
ET/PT on the MTV Network, follows a group of young African-Americans who are sent to boarding school in Alabama by their wealthy white families in an effort to help them find a better life.
The show was created by actor-producer/star and Black Lives Matters activist Lili Simmons.
It also stars actors Maya Rudolph, Rami Malek, Laverne Cox and Jami Wahlberg, and music producer/actor John Legend.
Bee, whose “Shark Tank” is the top-rated show in the network’s prime-time lineup, said she believes “The Big Bang Theory” is at the forefront of how black America has changed.
“I think it’s really important that we look at the issues that are at the center of our lives, the issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, all of those things that are really important,” Bee told MTV News.
“And that is what we have to look at and understand as we’re moving forward and we have a new president who has said that we need to get behind our leaders because we don’t want the same things that happened under the previous administration to happen again.”
“The people that I grew up with in Alabama and the people who I’m proud to call my friends are all African- American,” Bee added.
“So when I hear the news that he is president, and we don