Tommy Davidson Reflects on Abandonment, Abuse & Not Knowing He Was Black On The Next Episode of UNCENSORED This Sunday, September 12th at 10/9C

September 9, 2021 – TV One’s original, autobiographical series UNCENSORED continues with film and television star Tommy Davidson on Sunday, September 12 at 10 PM ET/9C. This season, some of today’s most notable personalities tell their story in their own words including super-producer Swizz Beatz, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, acclaimed actress Lynn Whitfield, comedian-actress Kym Whitley, singer and actress Raven-Symoné, and more! 

The hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their success and the obstacles they faced throughout their careers. The next episode stars legendary comedian and actor Tommy Davidson. Abandoned by his birth mother, Tommy Davidson’s adoptive mother found him and raised him as her own. He grew up in Washington, D.C. as the youngest son of a white family. He recalls many moments of racism and bullying throughout his childhood, but he found joy performing for his family as early as the age of four. He booked his first job as a comedian at a strip club in 1986. The next year, he won a competition at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. The following years after, Tommy found himself performing shows with the likes of Richard PryorEddie Murphy, and Robert Townsend.

In 1990, he would become an original cast member of the groundbreaking hip hop sketch comedy show, In Living Color. He went on to appear in television shows and films like Martin, Strictly Business, Booty CallBamboozled, and Juwanna Mann. In 2001, he brought the animated Oscar Proud to life, voicing the character on Disney’s The Proud Family. He released his autobiography in January 2020, detailing his struggles with identity, addiction, and his climb to fame. Now, the legend is speaking on his career’s peaks and valleys on an all-new episode of UNCENSORED.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick and Paul Hall (Executive Producers), Jay Allen (Co-Executive Producer), and Nikki Byles (Producer) of Swirl Films. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive in Charge of Production; and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting.

For more information on UNCENSORED, visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on Download the TV One app! Watch your favorite shows & movies Anytime. Anywhere. Available in the Apple, Google Play, and ROKU app stores. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s TwitterInstagram, and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNCENSORED Facebook and Instagram (@UncensoredTVOne) and using the hashtag #UNCENSORED.

Tommy Davidson’s First Stand-Up Joke
Tommy Davidson’s Adoption
The Beginning of In Living Color


Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 43 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction, and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina, and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK,], the largest African-American-owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.


Swirl Films is America’s “number one urban film production company,” a full-service film & television production company with over 60 original productions in the past six years, focusing on urban content and programming, independent features, and multi-camera productions. Swirl Films is a major content provider for TV One including the original productions: Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016), which was TV One’s first-ever biopic, starring LisaRaye McCoy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Darius McCrary, Indirah Khan, and Teyonah Parris as Howard.  According to the network, the film broke record ratings, undeniably becoming the top original film in the network’s history drawing in 2 million views, resulting in the network’s highest rating week ever. Quickly surpassing those numbers is TV One’s #1 original premiere of all time, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story (2017), starring Lance Gross, Niatia Kirkland, and Tami Roman, directed by actress Tasha Smith. Swirl Films previous production credits for TV One include Born Again Virgin, starring Danielle Nicolet, Meagan Holder, and Eva Marcille; Here We Go Again, starring LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Kyndall Ferguson; Russ Parr’s award-winning film, The Under shepherd, Hear No Evil and 35 & Ticking (Kevin Hart).

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