The belief that interracial relationships are not always successful is refuted by the successful marriage between Walter Kamau Bell, a black man, and his wife Dr. Melissa Hudson Bell, a white woman. The couple has been together since 2009 and has lived happily ever after. Although their marriage has received many disapprovals from outsiders, the couple’s bond remains unshakable and unaffected by outside influences.
Kamau for his part has used the racial discrimination directed at his marriage to make his personality even more popular. As a celebrated comedian, Kamau has become even more popular because in his comedy shows he tackles politics, racial and social issues without blinkers.
Walter Kamau Bell, known professionally as W. Kamau Bell, was born on 26 January 1973 to his father Walter Bell, who was an insurance commissioner in Alabama and also served as president of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and his mother Janet Cheatham Bell, an author and founder of a self-publishing company. The Bell family lived in Boston, Massachusetts, in the Mattapan district of the city when Kamau was between five and twelve years old.
His educational background can be traced back to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. It is also on record that he also attended the University of Pennsylvania before finally dropping out to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Kamau began his career as a socio-political comedian and later became the establishing founder of the comedy collective “Laughter Against the Machine”, which gained popularity with prominent distributors such as WTF with Marc Maron and Citizen Radio. Just One Night, released in 2007, was his first comedy-drama collection. His next collection, entitled “Face Full of Flour”, released in 2010, made it into the Top 10 Comedies of the Year, as announced 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 the FXX television series as a presenter, and currently works as a host for CNN.
Family, Parents, Wife
Kamau’s father is a former insurance commissioner in Alabama and the president of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation named Walter Bell. His mother Janet Cheatham is an author and founder of a self-publishing company.
Kamau Bell is married to Dr. Melissa Hudson Bell, who holds a doctorate. The interracial couple, who married in 2009, has been strong for almost a decade and seems to live in marital bliss. The couple’s first encounter was dramatic, Kamau once coordinated a solo exhibition with Jill, who was Melissa’s companion. Jill in turn assigned Melissa to take over the management of the technical corner. It happened that Jill described Melissa Kamau to Melissa as a student and Kamau portrayed Kamau to Melissa as the theatre director. So the surprise was big when they finally met. Kamau went to the meeting expecting to see a teenage student, but instead, he saw a female student with a college degree, and Melissa, on the other hand, expected to meet an established, nagging theatre director, but Kamau was more of a freshman with dreadlocks in pigtails.
After their first meeting, the two were so enthusiastic about each other that even racial discrimination could not separate them. Since Kamau was black and Melissa white, their union was very disapproved of by the people, but the couple held on to their relationship, and as they say, love conquers all things, regardless of nationality, religion, or skin color.
The couple is blessed with two beautiful daughters – Sami Bell and Juno Bell. Kamau Bell and his wife Melissa were involved in a racially motivated incident at a bistro in Berkeley, California, on January 26, 2015. A waiter at the Bristol who mistook Kamau for a black man disturbing the peace of a white woman (Melissa) showed her disapproval by protesting and asking Kamau to leave the Bristol. Although the matter was later resolved, Kamau published his own version of the incident on social media, triggering a heated debate.
The greatness of the renowned comedian and television presenter can be described as impressive. His physical appearance is one that cannot go unnoticed. With an admirable height of 1.82 m and a corresponding weight of 250 pounds, Kamau will certainly attract attention everywhere.
There is not enough information about his salary and net worth, but the tidbits we can get from social media put his net worth at $1.1 million. It is expected that his net worth with his professional and comic drama collection will exceed this amount if updated.