Black Comedians ‘Laugh to Keep From Crying’ During Black History Month

Friday marks the start of Black History Month in the United States and for African American comedians, it’s an opportunity to chronicle the history of this country through their comedy routines.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with comedian and writer Ralph Cooper about Black History Month, the old saying that one must “Laugh to keep from crying” and finding the kernel of humor amid one’s pain that has left a rich and substantial heritage of jokes.


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