The family here over at BlackRadioIsBack.com and the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast has been hearing about the new entries of the cable channel CNN's recent documentary series hosted by reporter Soledad O'Brien, CNN Presents: Black in America covering the "Black Woman & Family" and "The Black Man" being in the works for quite a while.
We've checked out the previous documentary of this series CNN Presents: Black in America documentary Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. his legacy, death and aftereffects and feel that all things considred, it was a pretty quality piece of work.
With the topics of the "Black Woman & Family" and "The Black Man", I really hope that CNN - while probably one of the better U.S. based mainstream media (MSM) news organizations of attempting to be balanced in their journalism - knows they are tackling a VERY huge, complicated and sensitive subject matter in the next two days with these documentaries and don't fall into the simple patterns of stereotyping or fitting the folks in an ideological box (positive or negative).
We know here in the United States that while there has been progress in regards to race and class relations of all peoples, there is a VERY long way to go on a lot of levels and that Black People in America (and People of Color in general) are still looked at as the either the exotic or depraved "other" in regards to humanity at large far too often.
One can only hope that some form of enlightenment comes forth from this documentary for those who watch it, that there are good intentions behind these new entries of this documentary series, and that growth will occur through the conversations that are sure to come out afterwards.
CNN Presents: Black in America episode on "Black Woman & Family" premieres on July 23, 2008 and the episode on "The Black Man" premieres on July 24, 2008. Both documentaries start at 9pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) each day.
From the website, here is a brief description about the "Black Woman & Family" episode:
CNN Presents: Black in America continues with "The Black Woman & Family." Soledad O'Brien explores the varied experiences of black women and families and investigates the disturbing statistics of single parenthood, racial disparities between students and the devastating toll of HIV/AIDS. O'Brien reports on the progress of black women in the workplace and the status of the black middle class.
And here is the brief description about "The Black Man" episode:
In the "The Black Man," Soledad O'Brien evaluates the state of black men in America and explores the controversial topics of black men and fatherhood; disparities between blacks and whites in educational, career and financial achievement; and factors leading to the dramatic rates of black male incarceration. The documentary also examines the achievements of black men and the importance of the positive influences of black fathers.
Check out the preview of these latest entries of CNN Presents: Black in America below:
CNN Presents : Black In America Official Website