Trevor Noah: One-Man Show in a Divided Country | Breaking Big | OZY

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  • Published on:  Friday, June 22, 2018
  • OZY Media’s third prime-time television show, 'Breaking Big,' explores the unexpected journeys to success of some of the world’s most influential stars.

    First up? None other than Trevor Noah, host of 'The Daily Show' on Comedy Central. If you’ve read his memoir, Born a Crime, you know that the famed, mixed-race comedian grew up under apartheid in South Africa, where being mixed race was indeed a crime. Luckily for him, he had a strong parental figure to shield him.

    Be sure to tune into OZY and PBS on Friday for revelations on how Noah’s mother, Patricia, escaped death not once, but twice. Watson and Noah discuss the abuse Patricia faced at the hands of her second husband, and her miraculous recovery from a gunshot to the head.

    But this fiercest of moms — Noah once told Oprah Winfrey that he was merely his mother’s “punk-ass sidekick” — also faced down a Black racist taxi driver who threatened her and her children. The cabbie threatened Patricia’s life because she had a mixed-race child with her (Noah), and thus had obviously been with a white man. Check out the OZY Flashback by Sean Braswell about this scary incident here: – and how Patricia and her boys had to throw themselves out of the moving vehicle to escape harm – as you gear up to watch 'Breaking Big' and learn about Noah’s journey to the top.

    'Breaking Big' guests include chef Eddie Huang, actress Danai Gurira, country music star Jason Aldean, SoulCycle and Flywheel cofounder Ruth Zuckerman, fashion designer Christian Siriano and acclaimed author Roxane Gay, among many others.

    OZY is your home of fresh stories and bold ideas. Our mission is to help the curious see the world more broadly and more boldly by vaulting them ahead of the traditional news cycle and introducing them to the new and the next. #LiveCuriously

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