Comments on: CNN Black in America 2 Liveblog Natural Hair, Beauty, Fashion and Makeup Blog Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:10:21 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jimmy Sat, 01 Aug 2009 16:51:56 +0000 It amazes me that people don’t see the hidden agenda behind stuff like this! IMO this is an attemp to keep racism alive, and there are a lot of politicians love that!

By: Billie Mon, 27 Jul 2009 07:43:37 +0000 Seriously, folks. How many times is CNN going to show this nonsense?

Do you people have to be reminded, continuously, that you have hard lives?

By: cgrimes Sun, 26 Jul 2009 03:48:52 +0000 I would like to get more information on the Black Tuxedo Ball. I have two intelligent sons that are definitely in line for this time of social status. Please email me some contact information for this program.

By: Shuggie Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:39:14 +0000 I was exposed to the MLT program a couple of years ago by a girl who used to work at my Wall Street firm and invited me to an info session they had at GS. I thought it was a great program and I really wished I had known about it sooner in my own career (I’m married now and I don’t think I’m willing to get on the MBA pursuit track anymore, although earlier I was). I believe it’s mission of increasing black representation in the C-office ranks will come to fruition. The girl I mentioned above successfully used the MLT program to get into Harvard Business School, so I know it works. I know she and the others in the program will be names we’ll be hearing of in the future. I was really happy to see attention brought to it and was tickled to know that the founder is a brother of one of Obama’s choices, Susan Rice (I’m fascinated by the “Six Degrees” thing).

I enjoyed the info on the “Tuxedo Ball” and wish CNN will expand the topic of elite/wealthy blacks (not new money/athlete & entertainer types-that’s so overdone-but the “by the bootstraps” old money types that we don’t hear enough of) – I read “Our Kind of People” and it reminded me so much of that.

On a sidenote, I was pleased to know that “Good Hair” is coming to theaters – I wish sooner than Oct.

I don’t mean to put another spin on this, but I could have sworn I heard a number of months ago that the Rocks were separating – does anyone know if that’s still true?

By: DC Neighborhood Style Examiner Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:42:46 +0000 It was such a great and encouraging show!

I cant wait till tonight!

By: MaiTai Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:48:46 +0000 I notice a lot of people saying they didn’t expect to learn anything new or were disappointed that they didn’t learn anything new. I think people have to realize this series was most likely not for black folks. It was for others who are ignorant, or maybe lack knowledge of black people and have one set idea about them. Its funny because I recall during my college life, many discussions relating to race were always frequented by the folks who experience it on a daily basis, and “others” were frequently MIA.

I was actually quite pleased with this one, as the last one had a negative tone to it and really didn’t highlight many positive issues. While I agree that talking about black life can’t just be whittled down to 4 hours every year, I never thought there would be any special like this on CNN at all. I hope they will continue and make improvements along the way. Rome wasn’t built in a day so I’ll give them a chance. 🙂

By: Ericka Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:45:37 +0000 ps..and can we get a wider array of black folk to represent black folk in addition to Soledad(poor thing, she is repping blacks, latinos, asians, ethiopians, indians…all the I wouldn’t mind seeing Louis Gates be a host of being Black In America!

By: Ericka Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:39:49 +0000 1. I think that once again, it really does not capture the essence of everyday life of being black in america, and to be quite honest, i don’t think the experience could EVER be summed up TRUTHFULLY in a 2 part documentary.

2. In regards to mrs. Rock..while I understand her concept, and yes it was lovely, I think that the kids did not need to go on an abroad trip well across the waters to see how it could be worse. They needed more of the concept that the principal of the Capital Prep school had…ESPECIALLY the boys. I think in addition to their trip, taking them to meet prominent figures that are in THEIR careers of interest right here in america would have had more of a long term effect…I know it did for me, as my parents supported me with meeting prominent black architects/interior designers.

3. Going from one extreme to the other was a bit aggravating to me..i mean i cannot relate to either side of being black by the way they showed it, but i guess you can’t please them all heh.:) I have to be totally honest, I watched this series for the mere point of entertainment and sarcastic rhetoric. i did not expect to learn anything..although if we all paid attention, we now all know that chris rocks movie good hair is coming to theaters soon(which even though i did not want to think so, i thought it ironic that they “chose” chris rocks wife as a feature..i’m just, and even that i already knew about.

4. so needless to say, i learned nothing innovative and new about being black in America, nor did i expect to…but i am sure when i wake up tomorrow, i will learn A LOT within my OWN “black life” experiences! LOL

By: Tea Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:34:26 +0000 Hope CNN is reading. I think the problem with Black in America (BIA) is that Blacks’ stories are as varied as Whites, just disproportionately so. There are Black tragedies, Black elites, Black immigrants, Black children of immigrants, Black Latinos, Black farmers, Black poor, Black rich, Black wealthy, Black middle class, Blacks in interracial relationships, Blacks who are products of interracial relationships, Blacks who have experienced both poverty and affluence… I could go on and on.

Just like “Black Entertainment Television” calling something Black are purporting to represent all Blacks with only small segment of Blacks is just going to leave most people unfulfilled.

I guess I just don’t understand the purpose of it. BIA is like snow to me, what’s the point? Unlike rain or sunshine, it doesn’t serve a purpose. It’s sort of just there and I have to deal with it, such is BIA.

The delivery was well done and the stories seemed true and genuine, but I don’t feel like my life was changed or my mind opened by watching it.

I wish my feelings weren’t so pessimistic, but that’s how I feel.

By: Big Em Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:17:51 +0000 Just looking at this last segment with MLT I have to say that i’m glad to see them showing light on programs especially for up and coming students who are trying to get their foot in the business world. I look at the brotha at Haverford College and his college was very much similar to mines except we had a light larger number of blacks, 5% of the total school’s population.

The problem that I would think most brothas and sistas see is that you cant touch every part of Black America in a two part series. At the same time you cant please everyone and we should be thankful that CNN has stepped up to even provide an insight into the Black Community more than TV One or even BET. If a news network can step and provide a decent representation of the black community why cant our leader black tv networks??

One thing I wished CNN would do is make this more so a weekly series showing different aspects of Black America in a way where there is a true representation. Let us gather different prospectives at CNN from other anchors like Don Lemon who can show.