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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Trevor Noah - The Comedy Central shock - you go fella
City Center Milwaukee | DAY 213 | Trevor Noah, Comedian - born 20 February 1984. A 31 year old South African political satirist, writer, producer, DJ, television host, actor, media critic, and comedian. Noah was the surprise, even shock selection of Comedy Central. He will replace Jon Stewart. Like it. Like it!
How refreshing. It says everyone is not stuck in the years of 1800 when filling an employment position on late-night show is "only Caucasian need apply".
Trevor is not shying away from his two-race family reality, rich African culture and worldly travels. His parents - mother, Patricia Noah - (Xhosa) South African and father, Robert Noah - Swiss-German. He was born during the time of Apartheid, therefore marriage between a Black woman and Caucasian male in South Africa was forbidden. This meant that neither parent could walk down the street with Trevor as a young tyke.
The Xhosa People are a population of 8 million - two other Xhosa members are: Nelson Mandela and Desmond TuTu.
Noah is a polyglot and speaks the following languages: English, German, Xhosa, isiZulu, Sotho, and Afrikaans. Wikipedia
He will bring sharp and sometime edgy dialogue to the television audience. For those Americans that are scratching their head, speaking in shallowness, speaking in limited dimension, the challenge for them will be as with often seen amazement when an African or African American emerges with such brilliance. Let's stay tuned and where possible embrace Trevor Noah.
Here's how he addressed a question on being a Black man.
You talk about coming to the U.S. and becoming a part of "the Black community" and finding your blackness here in a way that you just can’t in South Africa. Aren't you considered Black in South Africa yet?
In terms of race, I’ll never be considered Black. That’s just the way racial boundaries are set up even after the Apartheid. Every skin color has a name for it, it’s as simple as that — yet I grew up Black. I genuinely consider myself to be a Black person because that’s all I know; that’s the only world I’ve lived in. As much as I joke about it, I know who I am and I know where I’d like to see myself. But I don’t feel limited by that. I don’t feel that being Black means you have to live within the stereotype of blackness, but rather take pride in your base instead.