A rare Saturday post from me… I just flipped to CNN and saw that the most interesting program will be airing this weekend. Tonight and tomorrow night at 6 and 11 p.m., CNN will be airing Daughters of Legacy, conversation and remembrances by daughters of MLK, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Johnnie Cochran and Sidney Poitier. It looks absolutely fascinating, and will be hosted by the deliciously handsome Don Lemon, as if you needed further incentive to watch.

In other CNN news, Soledad O’Brien’s Black in America series will kick off with a two hour focus on Black Women and Family on on July 23rd, and two hours on The Black Man on the 24th at 9pmET/PT. And I’ve been informed that this right here is “one of the few hand-selected by CNN and anything displayed will be seen by them.” How’s about that! So bellas — this site is but one voice in a vacuum without your valuable insight and opinion. I’m going to watch and review this special, and I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments about it as well. And apparently, so would CNN!

And thanks to reader Tynisha for the tip — remember my Island Stylee post about reggae and calypso odes to Barack Obama? CNN just did the exact same story! It was pretty cool to see the Mighty Sparrow and Cocoa Tea get some screen time on the cable news network. The only person missing was new VP Records artist Tarrus Riley. The clip I shared is called the Beware Obama version. The original Beware is just as wicked, and I hope you enjoy it on this summer afternoon!

Happy weekend!

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tanya says:
July 12, 2008, 3:18 pm
Hi Bella, I would be most interested in a review of both shows, if you feel so inclined to provide them. I'm a poor graduate student so cable is one of the luxuries that I've had to give up; I miss my CNN! Hope you're having a good weekend.
sho nuff says:
July 12, 2008, 3:54 pm
hi Bella! i saw that segment on cnn and when they mentioned cocoa tea, i immediately thought of you! big thangs will happen for you girl =) peace and blessings.......
Viva La'Fro says:
July 12, 2008, 4:11 pm
Interesting that the CNN doc has one part about the Black Man, and a seperate part about the Black Woman AND the Family. The dynamics of that decision make me go: hmm....
Sabrina97 says:
July 12, 2008, 8:59 pm
I am really impressed by CNN for presenting both documentaries. One of the best poets that I have had the honor to meet will be a part of the Black in America series and I can't wait to watch Jon Goode tell us what it means for him to be Black In America. He also did a presentation on His God. Here it is on YouTube.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZCiYHLd38g
Ursula says:
July 13, 2008, 7:49 am
Here's hoping that CNN streams this show online otherwise those of us abroad won't be able to see these two landmark documentaries.
Ms. Aja B. says:
July 13, 2008, 9:50 am
One of my friends called me about 30 minutes before Daughters of Legacy came on. I missed the 1st half hour, but the 2nd half was beautiful. I eagerly look forward to watching the whole program this evening. It's wonderful to see CNN paying tribute to some wonderful Black Women and the even more wonderful Black men who were loving fathers to them.
Jamillah says:
July 13, 2008, 10:56 am
I hear about the show on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and came home to add it to my Tivo Listing. Why wasn't the title in the mix. Saturday came, no title. Finally after I missed the three showing it appeared for Sunday at 5. I tivoed it and will watch it when I get back. Same thing for the other specials that they have coming..No title for me to put it on my Tivo To Do List. I am sensing that they don't want us to watch or give good ratings to these shows that talk about us and our issues. HMMMMMMM....makes you think!
Yan says:
July 13, 2008, 11:19 am
Loved daughtrs of Legacy. Cried like a baby when I saw Johnie walking his daughter down the aisle and realised the "human-ness" of these great men. I think you may have reversed the dates for the Black in America special but i'll be watching them both anyway.
C says:
July 13, 2008, 3:43 pm
there were some really tender moments in the Legacy special, especially JC walking his daughter down the aisle. We love the men who were the father's. I just felt that it wasn't a very journalistic interview. Sometimes because black people are under the lens of racist scrutiny the little bit of media that we do get is so slanted and operates under the 'only showing the best' mantra and we miss out on having some truly thought provoking, groundbreaking interviews/dailogs. I know it's a tricky task but I would have loved for the interviewer to ask some really thought provoking questions so it wouldn't seem as if he was pandering so much.
TJ says:
July 14, 2008, 10:28 am
I'm looking forward to seeing Soledad's series.
Niki says:
July 14, 2008, 11:45 am
'Daughters of Legacy" was really good and really unexpected. As for the "Black In America" series, I am kind of "iffy" on the whole thing. I felt the same way about the series on black women done on NBC: The people who proposed the idea probably had really good intentions and wanted to show a varied black experience, but the execution was severly lacking. It also smacks of blacks being "others" in America who need to be dissected and examined in order to be understood. Hopefully CNN will prove me wrong.
laughing808 says:
July 14, 2008, 12:36 pm
I don't have TIVO, but I have alarms set to remind me to tune into this program on both days.
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