59. Cedric the Entertainer (1964-)

Welcome back once more to the “Church of Christ Celebrities” blog! As I mentioned at the very end of my previous post, I will be taking a break from blogging again after this entry (for more context, head on over to my personal/general interest blog), but we’ve got one more subject to investigate today–the religious affiliation, and possible connections to the Churches of Christ, of Cedric Antonio Kyles, who you are more likely to know as Cedric the Entertainer (1964-).

Across the course of his career, Cedric has performed as a stand-up comic, an actor, and a TV show host, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019 for his efforts. He is likely best known for his role in Barbershop or for being one of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” a comic act consisting of Cedric, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac. (The show was also turned into a film by Spike Lee in 2000.)

Cedric the Entertainer was suggested to me as a potential subject by a reader of the blog, and initially, I thought the post would be pretty straightforward. Cedric’s Wikipedia page, for instance, doesn’t say anything about the Churches of Christ, but it does mention that his sister teaches at Pepperdine University, providing some level of connection to the fellowship. (1) Too, Cedric was the keynote speaker for a 2018 “21st Century Creatives and Storytelling” event hosted by Pepperdine’s Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, offering another link to the Churches of Christ-affiliated institution. (2)

From that point forward, though, the research trail went cold for quite some time until I happened to stumble across a 2017 article on Fabiosa which touched on Cedric’s appearance on the Dove Channel’s Frankly Faraci program. In an interview with host Matthew Faraci and comedian/mentor Steve Harvey, Cedric spoke about the role that faith had played in his life and, more specifically, about his upbringing in Churches of Christ.

Faith is very important in my life, I grew up a member of the Church of Christ for most of my teenage years when you really formulate your real faith or what you carry as an adult. I do try to talk in a manner that is an example of Christ in the sense of somebody that people want to be like and hopefully I’m giving a good example of what it’s like just to be a good guy in the world. (3)

Whatever his current link may be, it is clear that Cedric has had an important connection to the Churches of Christ for much of his life, offering a nice, conclusive “Confirmed” for the blog as I get ready to take another break. Thanks as always for your support of this project over the last several years!

NOTES

(1) “Cedric the Entertainer,” Wikipedia, accessed May 25, 2021, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedric_the_Entertainer. Neither of the footnotes for the claim about Cedric’s sister actually establish her link to Pepperdine, either, but she has a faculty page on the school’s website, which lists her as a visiting professor of communication.

(2) “Media Representation,” Pepperdine University, accessed May 25, 2021, https://www.pepperdine.edu/entertainment-media-sports-culture/events/mediarepresentation.htm.

(3) Nancy Wallis, “Cedric Antonio Kyles Credits His Faith For His Act On The Dove Channel’s Frankly Faraci’s Series,” November 29, 2017, accessed May 25, 2021, https://fabiosa.com/nws-jps-rschr-auchr-phkan-cedric-antonio-kyles-credits-his-faith-for-his-act-on-the-dove-channel-s-frankly-faraci-s-series/.

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