Tonight: CNN Presents "Black in America"

Tonight, CNN begins a two-day series that "examines the successes, struggles, and complex issues faced by black men, women, and families — 40 years after the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr."  I think this will be engaging.  After all, Barack’s contention for the White House has thrust race center stage, and this might help a lot of people better understand (if they don’t already) the significance of what he’s so close to achieving.  I mean, he’s touted as the "post-racial" candidate in a country that still finds it difficult to have a substantive discussion of race.  Look, all post-racial means is that Barack doesn’t make whites feel guilty about race.  Contrast that to a Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, both of whom, in a word, do. 

There’s no doubt that being Black is  complex and complicated, and I’m sure Barack, of all people, knows it.  Maybe for a non-Black audience, this series will shed some light on those complexities, and we can begin an honest dialogue.

The series airs tonight and tomorrow at 9PM Eastern.

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  1. David July 24, 2008 at 00:03 #

    Regarding the Black in America special, I think Soledad is doing an excellent job and she’s touching on a number of important topics. However, one thing I’ve noticed is the commercials…or should I say lack of commercial variety. I don’t see any investment commercials or banking commercials, but what stands out is McDonald’s and Mercedes commercials. Bad food and expensive cars, two things we owe to part of our detriment. And there are entirely too many commercials,period. – David

  2. Cecilia Smith July 25, 2008 at 13:00 #

    I think anything seen on TV about African – Americans these days is a great thing.

    Personally I think that CNN is/are getting white folks (and others) ready for a Black Man in the White House. Or – for a Black man that’s going to have an outrageous world/global/planet voice! – They are realizing they don’t know enough about us.

    While I was not crazy about the “Jimmy Walker” like brother doing the intro before every segment – I think that Soledad did a great job of showing all aspects of us – I just wonder how many of them were watching!!!!!

  3. Rob Fields July 25, 2008 at 13:26 #

    David, thanks for stopping by. Yeah, McD’s was/is all over this. Juxtapose this against Wednesday’s segment when the older woman talked about how difficult it is to find fresh vegetables in Harlem. Moreso than the stats about fatherless households and high school dropout rates–we know them, but maybe a lot of people don’t–I would’ve liked to have seen more moments like that one, where the point is that it’s the little things that make it so much harder to be Black.

  4. Rob Fields July 25, 2008 at 13:35 #

    Hey, Cecilia! Yeah, I agree: The brotha doing the intros was annoying. Bridgett said maybe they just should’ve had a little ball bouncing over each word! Seriously, it was the part of the program that showed the least imagination: A poet! No disrespect to the Jon Goode (I think that’s his name), but I wonder what he added. I would’ve let Soledad intro each section, since she does so at the end of each segment before it goes to commercial.

    Can the complexity of Blackness in America we sandwiched into two hours? Probably not. To build on what you said, I think this was intended for a non-Black audience. Perhaps a follow-up segment will, in fact, unpack this notion of “post-racial” and that concept would now have some context.

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