Saturday, July 19, 2008

TELEVISION: CNN's "Black in America" series

Lately I've been more interested in CNN documentaries than other documentaries on TV. With some exceptions, like the Bill Moyers PBS Show, I find these CNN stories insightful, thorough and fair. (Some of these documentaries have even been somewhat critical of CNN's founder Ted Turner).

One of the documentaries I watched today was about the price of gas, something which is affecting all of us. Another one of these wonderful documentaries that I can't wait to watch is one about race in America called, Reclaiming the Dream. Race may be an old topic but it is one that can't go away until we come face-to-face with the ugly legacy of racism in the United States, in all its dimensions.

What's interesting about Reclaiming the Dream, is that it does not focus merely on race, but it pits race in a wider context of other issues affecting all of us-- from HIV to economic disenfranchisement of African-Americans. The roster of participants in this discussion is, also, impressive.

CNN describes this new documentary as follow:

"CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien moderates an all-star panel to discuss the most pressing concerns and success stories in Black America today.

Filmed at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans over the 2008 July Fourth Weekend, Reclaiming the Dream brought together Harvard University professor Roland Fryer, Black Enterprise's Ed Gordon, actor/author Hill Harper, Bishop T.D. Jakes, economist and Bennett College President Julianne Malveaux, Princeton University professor Cornell West, actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson, Excellence Charter School Principal Jabali Sawicki for a lively, solutions-oriented forum to discuss the state of black families, broken educational infrastructure, the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on black families, and a look at the next generation of leadership in Black America.

Premieres Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. ET"

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