I’m not sure what’s the lesser of two evils.
BET possibly being left to tell the world about being “Black In America”, or CNN having their second installment of the “Black In America” series. I don’t even want to start to imagine any type of version that BET could possibly come up with, with any of their on-air (lack of) personalities trying to get through the daunting task of telling me what’s “Black In America”.
This week, you’re left with CNN, and Soledad O’Brien, trying to ‘school’ white people on being “Black in America”. Last year I briefly wrote about their first installment and my issues with it. I’m sorry, but the plight of Black America, really can’t be contained in a 2 or 4 hour series, even the Roots movie took a week to tell. In the first series I felt there wasn’t a middle ground, the stories they focused on went from one extreme to another, but I guess that’s sensationalism at it’s best.
CNN’s coverage this week will include interviews with a variety of celebrities. From my favorite, Cicely Tyson:
To Colin Powell:
CNN: Black In America 2: Colin Powell Exclusive
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CNN’s “Black in America 2” coverage airs on July 22nd & 23rd at 8pm, maybe this time they’ll be able to tell me something new about being “Black in America”, not that I haven’t lived it for the past 33 years (uh yeah, I don’t see that happening at all).