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Hood Adjacent with James Davis

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Insightful talk show tackles tricky topics, has language.

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Charming, insightful, and deeper than it appears at first, Davis' smart, witty talk show is the dive into the black experience that America needs right now. An "issues" show could have been a rant, but this isn't. Davis is hilarious, and his segments inspired: "Between Two DeRays," which features two very different men named DeRay debating issues; a customized escape room that simulates what it's like to be a black man; tricking out a young man's car so he won't be stopped by police for Driving While Black (a ski rack and dashboard cams figure into the retrofit).

If any of that sounds disrespectful, it's not: Hood Adjacent walks the fine line between funny and offensive by treating its subjects with dignity and affection. A woman who's trying to stop dating gang members emerges as a real individual instead of a stereotype; a skinny young white guy who volunteers to take a tour through gang-controlled neighborhoods is praised for his sharpness: "You're learning! I like that!" says Davis sincerely. No sacred cow is left untipped, but this show will make you laugh and think, in a manner reminiscent of other great stereotype-skewering shows like Key & Peele and Chappelle's Show.

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