Black In America

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On the summer of 2008 CNN aired the much anticipated series called Black In America. The show is suppose to be created to examine the different and wide range of experiences of African Americans in the United States Of America. The series is set to document, explain, and explore what it means to be black in America, by focusing on experiences of a pretty wide range of African Americans and the trials and tribulations that they may or may not face as they grown up in America. There are two different parts to it. Once part focuses on Black Men and the other part focuses on Black Women. These two parts together addressed the high number of households that women are the head of, the high prison rates of black men, challenges of public education and the isolation of the inner city.

The show is balanced and is not just focused on one particular topic. There are different parts where the series focuses on the everyday things that everyday black people do to help out their communities and who are trying to make the world a better place.

The program is headed by a news reporter named Soledad O'brien. She interviews diffrent African Americans in the segment and lets then tell their stories. The show is a full 4 hours with stories about good news and bad news. There is even a moment in the show where parents recount sitting down and talking to their children about how to behave when pulled over by the police. The advice is pretty uniform. The program shows that the parents advise their kids to put self respect aside with dealing with law enforcement that could possibly be corrupted.

In the end the show is not designed to lead the viewer into a certain way of thinking or change their beliefs. The show is very objective and just presents facts and images to give the viewer a clear picture. The show sticks to the topic and just touches on different subjects and situations about African Americans. It gives the viewer certain perspectives about how diffrent African Americans feel about growing up and living in America.

CNN
1 Season, 4 Episodes
July 9, 2008
Documentary & Biography
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Black In America
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  • Black In America 2: Today's Pioneers will examine how community organizers across the country are creating progress and improvements locally. From a Chicago barbershop where African-American men are encouraged to seek routine medical check-ups; to Tyler Perry, an actor, director and playwright, whose life's journey has led him from homelessness to becoming a powerful filmmaker and television producer who is creating opportunities for others; to the Black Marriage Day project which works with couples in 300 cities to help develop strong, healthy families; these are the programs and progress of people working to make a difference.

  • Black in America 2: Tomorrow's Leaders will focus on solutions aimed at developing African-American leaders of tomorrow. John Rice's Management Leadership for Tomorrow program has been instrumental in establishing black professionals in positions of power and influence in America's largest companies. O'Brien also reports on programs aimed at creating opportunities for the next generation of youth leadership. Malaak Compton-Rock's Journey for Change offers teenagers from inner-city schools the opportunity to see the world and develop self-confidence; and principal Dr. Steve Perry's Capital Preparatory Magnet School creates opportunities for leadership and academic excellence by preparing young, black students for college with "tough love."

  • Soledad O'Brien 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. Watch "CNN Presents: Black in America" a four-hour television event July 23 and 24.

  • Soledad O'Brien 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. Watch "CNN Presents: Black in America" a four-hour television event July 23 and 24.

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