The belief that interracial relationships do not always turn out to be successful is negated by the successful marriage between Walter Kamau Bell, a black man and his spouse Dr. Melissa Hudson Bell, a white woman. The couple got together since 2009 and are still living in marital bliss to date. Although their marriage has experienced a lot of disapprovals from outsiders, the couple’s union remain unshakable and untouched by outside influence.
Kamau on his own part has used the racial discrimination targeted at his marriage to make his personality even more popular. As a celebrated comedian, Kamau has become even more popular for his no-holds-barred approach to tackling politics, race and social issues in his comedy shows.
Walter Kamau Bell, professionally known as W. Kamau Bell, was born on the 26th day of January 1973 to father Walter Bell who served as an Insurance Commissioner in Alabama and also as the Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation and mother Janet Cheatham Bell who is an author and the founder of a self-publishing firm. The Bell Family lived in Boston, Massachusetts in the Mattapan neighbourhood of the city when Kamau was between the ages of five to twelve.
His educational background can be traced to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. It is also on record that he also attended the University of Pennsylvania before he eventually dropped out to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Kamau started his career as a socio-political comedian and later became the establishing founder of the comedy collective “Laughter Against the Machine” which has gained popularity with prominent distributors like WTF with Marc Maron and Citizen Radio. One night only which was released in 2007 was his first comic drama collection. His next collection titled Face Full of Flour, which was discharged in 2010 made the top 10 comedies of the year as pronounced by Punchline Magazine and iTunes. San Francisco Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian and 7×7 Magazine voted him San Francisco’s best entertainer. Kamau later joined FXX television series as a host and currently, he is working for CNN as a host.
Family, Parents, Wife
Kamau’s father is a former Insurance Commissioner in Alabama and the Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation named Walter Bell and his mother Janet Cheatham is an author and the founder of a self-publishing firm.
Kamau Bell is bound in matrimony to Dr. Melissa Hudson Bell who is a doctorate degree holder. The interracial couple who got hitched in 2009 has been going strong for almost a decade now and appear to be living in marital bliss. The couple’s first meeting was dramatic, Kamau once coordinated a one individual show featuring Jill who was Melissa’s companion. Jill, on the other hand, enlisted Melissa to take charge of the tech corner. It happened that Jill described Melissa to Kamau as a student and depicted Kamau to Melissa as a theatre chief. So, the surprise was on them when they eventually met. Kamau went to the meeting, expecting to see a teenage student but instead, he saw a graduate student and Melissa, on the other hand, was expecting to meet an established, grizzled theatre chief but rather Kamau was a fresher with dreadlocks in braids.
After their first meeting, the couple were so enthralled with each other that even racial discrimination was not able to separate them. With Kamau being black and Melissa white, their union witnessed a lot of disapproval from people but the couple persevered in their relationship and as the saying goes, love does conquer all things irrespective of nationality religion and colour.
The couple is blessed with two beautiful daughters – Sami Bell and Juno Bell. Kamau Bell and his spouse Melissa were involved in a racially motivated incident at a bistro in Berkeley, California, on 26th January 2015. A waiter at the Bristol who mistook Kamau for a black disturbing the peace of a white woman (Melissa) showed her disapproval through protest and asked Kamau out of the Bristol. Although the matter was later sorted out, Kamau posted his own version of the incident on the social media which triggered a hot debate.
The renowned comedian and television host’s height can be described as imposing. His physical appearance is one that cannot go unnoticed. With an admirable height of 6 feet 4 inches and commensurate weight of 250 pounds, Kamau is sure to get attention anywhere he goes.
There is no sufficient information on his salary and net worth but the titbits we can gather from the social media pegs his net worth at $1.1 million dollars. With his job and comic drama collections, it is expected that his net worth will surpass this when it is eventually updated.