Yesha Callahan

Black In America 24-7

Last night my phone and text messages were ringing off the hook, everyone was telling me to watch CNN’s, “Black in America”. Needless to say, I could only stomach about 20 minutes of the program. I understand what CNN was trying to attempt to accomplish, but it failed miserably. Where they attempted to have a ground breaking series, all it did was give CNN a much needed ratings boost.

This show was definitely for the ‘non-black’ population. It didn’t even tie in the fact that for centuries there has always been white priviledge in our society. GASP. Who would have thunk it? It did nothing to hold white people accountable for the issues that black people face today. From the slave trade (how could anyone forget that), to the crack epidemic of the 80’s.  Yes black people should be held accountable for their own actions, but there is always a cause/effect to every issue.

Needless to say, I’m glad I only wasted 20 minutes of my evening watching it. Besides, I’m “Black in America” 24/7.

For those who watched the show, feel free to share your opinion.


  1. July 24, 2008 - Reply

    GIRL… This madness. *DEEP SIGH* You made it through 20 mins? REALLY? Did you? I don’t think I made it that far. You summed up my feelings perfectly. It was like, black issues at the elementary level for people who know no black people at all and if they do the ones they know certainly don’t associate with too many black people. I mean, REALLY. ZOMGZ… BLACK PEOPLE ARE STILL DISPROPORTIONATELY POOR? OMG?!! ARE YOU SERIOUS? I couldn’t… But I will try again because I’m a glutton for punishment.
    In other news, did you see Nas on The Colbert Report? I put it in my blog. Viacom is already working their evil (I think).

    • July 24, 2008 - Reply

      @Lisa Turtle

      I’m watching it now! I love Colbert and Nas! Oh yeah, I saw the Stalking thing…girl, you like men who look like roaches with hair? Uhmm… each his own…lol

  2. July 24, 2008 - Reply

    I hated it too. I emailed the show and told them so.

    • July 24, 2008 - Reply

      @Kit (Keep It Trill)

      I wrote them as well! But I don’t understand why people are so “WOW, that was a great show”…Did I miss something after my first 20 min????

  3. July 24, 2008 - Reply

    LoL, I don’t know what is with me and Lloyd. He’s technically about everything I can’t stand. Feminine, short, LONG HAIR, cornrows wearing, high-pitched voice, Lil Wayne comrade, active ATLien, user of the word “shawty,” abuser of the falsetto… IDK WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. And worse, he has no lips! See, that’s why I had to make him stalker material… Because my fascination with him is so perplexing!

  4. July 24, 2008 - Reply

    I don’t follow talking heads folk, jones here wasn’t raised like that. I don’t follow folk, I lead. all I got to say is "work hard and don’t complain"

  5. July 24, 2008 - Reply

    I flipped between it and Run’s House…it wasn’t what I “thought” it was going to be, which is pretty much what you said — what about the white man’s role in all of this???
    Does inner city poverty still exist? Hell f*cking yes, but is that OUR fault??
    I personally had high hopes for the segment that was supposed to be dedicated to single mothers…I was thoroughly disappointed. I had hoped that at some point, they would have touched on the reality of being a single *black* woman trying to raise a *black* man in this Jena 6 society we live in. Not how the sista raising 5 kids because she had low self esteem!! WTF!?!?
    Anyway…I too am a glutton for punishment and will (attempt) to watch tonight what will be said about my brothas.
    P.S. The dude that came on right before each segment was the most interesting to me! lol

    • July 24, 2008 - Reply


      The single mother segment was THE worst! I definitely agree! I’m going to watch it tonight just for shits & giggles….but they can’t have more than 1/2 of my time!

    • July 25, 2008 - Reply


      The guy that introduced each segment is an AWESOME poet and spoken word artist named Jon Goode. Do a YouTube search on him.

      • July 25, 2008 - Reply


        Thanks for that info, Sabrina..I was wondering what his name was!

  6. July 25, 2008 - Reply

    I think tonight’s episode was much better…Seeing Queensbridge brought back TONS of memories…
    Good looking out on the poet’s name! Thanks!

    • July 25, 2008 - Reply


      Ohhh I forgot you’re a QB chick!

  7. July 25, 2008 - Reply

    I caught a few minutes of the second half. I’m sure I’ll be able to catch it in it’s entirety at some point, but I’m not really that pressed to watch it. I actually do like Soledad O’Brien, but in the end we know that there is nothing that 4 hours of anetwork news segment can do to illuminate the plight of blacks in America (even though it will be interesting to watch them try). We need to keep this type of dialogue going in our own forums. Folks of other races will gain much more understanding from listening to (maybe even joining) these discussions than they will from watching CNN.

    • July 25, 2008 - Reply


      Those are my sentiments exactly! A 4 hr show with 2 hrs worth of commercials only means $$$ in CNN’s bank accounts! But I guess it was worth a try.

  8. July 25, 2008 - Reply

    I especially watched the show to see if your bougie ass was gonna be on it Yesha….
    Ok, I agree with you. The show was a disapointment for me as well. I was actually sitting in front of the TV anticipating it like it was the Superbowl.
    I did watch it with my entire family, and had a discussion with the 2 teenage girls about it. That was the good thing that came out of it I guess.
    I felt there was no middle ground as they went from one extreme to the next. Nor did they offer any solutions to any of the problems identified. I did enjoy the “Black Male” episode better than the “Black Female” episode. I think they failed in representing the sistas on there. But with the brothas, they kinda hit on it a lil better.

    • July 25, 2008 - Reply


      I know u didn’t just call me bougie!!?! Funny, yesterday this white guy had the nerve to call me that as well! I can’t say that I enjoyed the “Black Male” and the one part that was disappointing was the “Black Male In Corporate America” with the ‘black’ guy Malcom aka Black Guy Acting White.
      What pissed me off with him is that, he is from the MD/DC area and went to school @ Maryland…I think he was the type of person to segregate himself from his own race…it’s pretty impossible to grow up in this area and NOT have any black friends…whether it’s in high school or college…and that is the reason why I feel people came down on him hard….

      • July 25, 2008 - Reply

        @[fung'ke] [blak] [chik]

        Mannnnnnnn! Now see, I thought it was just me about that dude. I thought they picked the wrong person to represent “cooperate sucess”. Clearly, that cat CHOSE to segregate himself from other black people, but yet they profiled him as a black man with something to prove? That was some bullshit!
        P.S. He looks like somebody you’d date…LMAO

        • July 26, 2008 - Reply


          Damn, give me some credit! He’s not that much of my type..I like a little more swagger than
          See, great minds think alike..I’m so sick of black people saying that people say they ‘act white’…Hello?? Maybe there’s a reason why they think that, especially when they may sense that you could careless about socializing with them.

  9. July 26, 2008 - Reply

    lol @ “QB chick”!
    You are so crazy!
    …now back to back to being black in america, black in corporate america and black 365…
    Oh yeah…maybe I missed the point, but what was with showing me a deadbeat dad and accrediting that to a “generational curse”?? Not to mention ol’ girl who pregnant {again} with twins?!?! I don’t see the connection…

  10. July 26, 2008 - Reply

    lol @ “QB chick”!
    You are crazy!
    Oh yeah…maybe I missed it, but what was the point of showing me a deadbeat dad and accredit that to a “generational curse”?!?!? Not to mention ol’ girl who’s pregnant {again} with twins!?! Now that’s some stereotypical bullshit in my opinion…or maybe that’s what CNN wanted to do. PROVE the stereotype! I can’t make the connection…like Rippa said, no solutions what-so-ever!

    • July 26, 2008 - Reply


      exactly, they proved to white people the stereotypes were correct, but offered not one solution to rectify the problems.

  11. July 26, 2008 - Reply

    i blogged about Black In America too. Of course they did not mention racial inequity from centuries of subjugation and segregation. That is a major reason why blacks are farther back than more recent immigrants. Too many topics, not in depth enough. They didnt seperate poverty statistics from middle class ones. just blah

    • July 27, 2008 - Reply


      Blah is an understatement…but CNN got what they wanted…ratings & more $$

  12. July 29, 2008 - Reply

    Fam, you already know, but after thinking about it, I’m forced to ask the question, how in the hell can you fit the “black experience” in America to 4 hours in a matter of 2 days? Hell “Roots” was at least a week long……..

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