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I know some chicks that are about to lose their minds. The Randomness: 1.  Food for thought: I am thoroughly disappointed in last night's much anticipated "Blacks in America" report on CNN.  I have several reasons why but the main one is that while 98% of the show only talked about stuggles, the "poor" and impoverished blacks, negative aspects of the black community like rampant diseases and horrible health, and the lack of black families.  But I'm even more disappointed that this show was supposed to cast light on the state of Black America right now.  Both achievements AND struggles--as its description read.   Once again, Black America was made out to be simply a disease ridden, impoverished, uneducated, welfare driven, teen pregnancy ridden, broken family having community.  So when our children and teens and young adults watch this show, as well as anyone who is interested in making a change, they really have no positive examples showcased to them via a documentary of this multitude.  So where would change even have a place to start?  People deserve to see the incredible things the black community has to offer as well for inspiration and just to know it is possible.  And I'm going to try my hardest not to chalk this up to the typical media's willingness to play into and reinforce stereotypes.  That makes me incredibly sad and I expected more from the journalistic entity that is CNN.  Clearly a dumb move on my part.  I will not be watching tomorrow's episode which will focus on the black man since this documentary's focus on black women and the family was so utterly negatively driven that I'm scared to see what they're going to do to the black man.  And I have no interest in watching the struggles that I already know about for 2 hours. There are entirely too many examples of Black Americans doing incredibly fabulous and world changing things for ALL of that to be ignored.  While only 33% of black Americans are classified as "poor" or impoverished, they used 98% of the program to show that minority.  The only positives were the expert opinions given by a couple of black scientists and socially conscious persons.  This program was not a true depiction of the state of Black America and I personally know far too many successful and healthy people who prove that.  It's all about balance and proportion. And CNN provided none of that.  Thanks anyway CNN. Just had to get that off my chest... UPDATE: Here's an e-mail conversation I had with someone earlier today that explains my point (and the other person's point) and bottom line from a different perspective: Original e-mail: As long as we have the critical problems that were illustrated on CNN, we have NO right to brag about our so called accomplishments. The people that have succeeded once believed that if you were not part of the solution you ARE part of the problem. I'm not sure that is the case any longer. Black American should be vilified not glorified for our plight because we are the only group besides our white cousins that have such gross socio-economic disparities in our community. And we've been here longer than all the other immigrants. CNN was holding a mirror up to the community. They cannot be blamed because some of us did not like what we saw. It should challenge us to correct the inequities not whine about them being exposed. Soledad has a lot of courage for anchoring the CNN program. She is in effect owning her heritage-the good and the bad. We should all take a cue from her and become part of the solution. My response: So what you're saying is, we shouldn't glorify anything good in the black community until we have a perfect community with not one problem in it? That sounds completely illogical and unrealistic. And did you ever stop and think that a solution to the problem IS showcasing those who are doing well and those who have made it so that they can give their story and in turn inspire and provide a map for others to do the same? One of the main reasons why our 14-18 year olds drop out, don't attend college, have teen pregnancies, don't dream big, etc. is because THEY HAVE NO EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW. And they never will if the ONLY thing we keep showcasing is the problem. Clearly, showing the problem every week in a differnet documentary isn't working because it's all we've ever done since the civil rights era. And what has changed? Nothing. So how about a new approach...or at least a sprinkle of a new approach. You can't do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Simply TALKING about and POINTING OUT problems doesn't SOLVE problems either. And maybe dipping into the lives of those who are successful and putting on display their journey from struggle to success COULD solve the problem. And please don't forget that that entire 2 hour documentary shocasing ONLY struggles--33% of our black community fit the category of "poor" and "struggling". So if you're going to have a program showcasing the state of black america, at least do it in proportion. That's all I'm saying.   2.  Disney is releasing a compilation cd with several R&B artists remaking Disney Classics.  Beyonce has been chosen to sing “Part Of Your World” from Disney’s classic movie The Little Mermaid for their compilation CD which will be released this September. Also singing other Disney hits will include Rihanna and Chris Brown (Aladdin) “A Whole New World”, Pussycat Dolls (Hercules) “I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)”, and Alicia Keys (Mulan) “Reflection” plus many more.  I put 5 on it Regina Belle is extra pissy right now about Rih Rih taking her ish.
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Hi, this is my first time on

Hi, this is my first time on this site i thought it was really interresting to read the comments from the documentary black in america, me myself im black and was born and grew up in Canada so although the struggle are somewhat similar i have to say (from my perspective) its not as bad as in the u.s i watched the documentary cause it is interresting to me and most of my family lives and grew up in the states and i have to agree that the picture shown shows mostly the negative aspects of being black in america...none of my family members live in the ghetto, my cousins pretty much all went to college i have a cousin whos an executive, 2 social workers, 2 professor, and one dentist so to me they didnt show anything that i could relate to...however we must all remember that those realities do exists and we shouldnt ignore it but the focus shouldnt only be on the negative...anyways from one sister from the north i hope things do get better for blacks in america and all over the world
Addictive's picture

Natasha, I am in complete and

Natasha, I am in complete and absolute agreement with you!! I was thrilled to see CNN was taking on such a program and thought for sure it was going to be a well balanced view of black life in America, both good and bad, especially considering Obama's run.. But all we ever get to see on such programs is the bad, bad, bad!! I mean, of course we need to show the poverty and the hardship of growing up poor but there are sooooo many blacks who are doing so well, and not just athletes and people in the entertainment industry (thought they represent us as well), that it's just ridiculous for us to be continuously portayed this way and in only this way! In fact, it's a gd insult! We have lawyers, bankers, CEO's, scientist's, biologists, Dr's, physicist's, publishers etc.. The list is long and getting longer each year, and for those of you who disagree with Natasha and think this is exactly what we need to see more of on television, or what truly represents us, you are the reason we need to see more positive black experiences and representation on tv, and I truly don't mean this in a bad way, it's just that if what was shown on CNN represents only 33% of the black population, then the other 67% was clearly not shown in that program. Obviously we still have work to do and showing that some of us are still struggling is an honest part of our story but it isn't the only part and we aren't all poor folk either.. Just my take.
chynadall's picture

I watched the series on black

I watched the series on black women and was surprised...pleasantly surprised. I thought it was produced very, very well. I think they covered every angle...not just the bad. You have to consider that all of the experts speaking on the areas that are not so pleasant were very successful black people. If I were a kid now, with any ambition, I'd decide to want to be the woman doing the interviewing or the head of a college, or the many doctors featured. I wouldn't feel hopeless after viewing Black In America. We also have choices and I would choose to not want to be the kid who gets shot and ends up paralyzed. I think little Eric will feel a lot of motivation to get out of poverty and do as well in school as possible. I love how they tied everything together with the Rand family because that's black in america. We've got good and bad and many, many stories to tell.
r's picture

my take on blk in america: I

my take on blk in america: I was disappointed b/c what they showed was not something JUST blks deal with, their are white ppl out there who struggle to make ends meet, whose children skip school,etc...like my friend said can we bring up the issue about why blks are followed around in stores as soon as we walk in and why we're subjected to police brutality just b/c we have braids, wear jeans and white t-shirts on a daily basis...those are some issues that nee to be dealt with (in my opinion)... and I didn't watch tonight's special on the blk man simply b/c I'm tired of hearing how blk men make babies and never take care of them
miss ashley's picture

I didnt see the documentary

I didnt see the documentary (because I am upset at CNN for political reasons) but understand where everyone is coming from. As a black African who is sufficiently educated and has lived in the city all my life, I find it annoying when I see those World Vision images or anything that depicts Africa as a poor, disease stricken place full of beggars. I do not know that life. I have never lived it and certainly has not seen what is depicted on Western media. My first instict is to throw a tantrum but of late I have had to take a step back as I realised that there are some people who live like that and face REAL struggles day in, day out. Of course the Western media exaggerates but sadly we as a black people CAN DO better! Someone mentioned that we are the only minority group that is found wanting all the time. Yes we have incredible challenges by way of discrimination and having no fat college funds but we can still do better. My parents both came from the rural areas and worked hard to give us a plush life. It comes from sheer hard work. Back home its not acceptable to be a drop out. Society makes it so. Elders have a right to discipline children and the system is not doing the parenting. Natasha asked where the solutions were? The solutions come from us - the black people - taking matters into our own hands and making certain behaviours unacceptable. There is too much glorification of fleeting things and little to no giving back to society. I feel that you black Americans are lucky because you have this enormous presence in the media. I know you will disagree but trust me its a lot. Why not produce quality programmes instead of giving Keisha's mum a reality show to showcase foolishness? BET is a huge embarrassment and now that it is the white man's hands - I doubt there will be any redeeming it now. The other thing that i noticed when I came to the Americas is that black Americans still hold on to the slavery angst. Let me tell you something - there isnt a SINGLE black person who was not under the white man's oppression. We only got our independence in 1980 but our parents made sure that we got what those white kids were getting - at least most tried their damndest! I came here with all three of my *I can't pronounce your* African names and have done better for myself than some of the blacks that I found here. Why is that? There are so many questions and so little time. Bottom line - the answer lies in ourselves and we as blacks need to do better - COLLECTIVELY!
yeah right's picture

Am I the only one who was

Am I the only one who was only interested in seeing The-Dream and Jamie in Plies' music video?
Lacey's picture

Hey Tash. Regarding your

Hey Tash. Regarding your comments about the CNN "special" on Black America...I said the same exact thing to my mom when we talked. That's amazing! :) Do you know the difference between us and those who --just don't get it--...WE KNOW WHO WE ARE.
Lacey's picture

What everyone has to remember

What everyone has to remember that this report was well overdue and give props to Soledad O'brien to take the initiative to tell these stories. This report was for all AMERICANS regardless of race because yes as a people we have made some strives in education and business but there is still a huge disparity among the races in this country. What we have to realize is that everyone is not getting the same opportunities to succeed. In my opinion that is the state of Black American when you have 30% of African American children living in poverty compared to 10% of white children that is a huge disparity. Black in America did a wonderful job of showing the disparaties. White people are so clueless as to what is going on in Black America.
TB's picture

Mmmmhm.... i didnt watch it

Mmmmhm.... i didnt watch it so i wont comment on that... Alicia Keys singing reflection.... that will be interesting!
luvAshanti's picture

Black in America: I liked the

Black in America: I liked the show, it is true that there was a lot of negative images portrayed, however the way the storyline flowed everything that was showed had a reason as an example...not only did they portray a black mother of five kids struggling but the also showed a black family with six kids that all went to college. Now I hate to say it but how rare is that. Where I'm from there is always atleast one child that wants to act a fool. Another example, normally single parent children are portrayed in a bad manner but that little boy they showed in that program was an example that even though he was raised by a single parent he was smart and education driven. Another positive thing I think they showed is that there are a lot of successful single and married black women, like the script writer and the realtor from Atlanta. So I think they did the best they can do if they are doing a documentary of black women in america...Are black women number one for having aids/hiv,YES...Is it true a lot of black young males drop out of school,YES...so why not put it out there this is whats going on in black america if you ask me...so I ask Natasha if there wasn't enough positive shown, what other positive issues in black america could have been shown that wasn't?
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I must say that I disagree

I must say that I disagree with you synopsis on CNN's Black In America. They never said they were goin to have the answers to some of the problems plaguing balck america. They were simply showing how it is to be black in America- from the successful Rand family, with 5 college educated children to little Eric's family, who might get evicted. They were showing the spectrum of Black people and they even offered several solutions. The Bottom Line is nothing can effectively show what it is like to black in America.
Veronica's picture

[quote comment="150710"]No

[quote comment="150710"]No comment on most of these comments . All of yall educated middle class typing at work or at home on computers need to get back to work! Ya'lls An't made it yet . You are no dif than the ghetto gutta gutta. You like them don't own shit but your bullshit. and your worthless degrees and maybe a home and a few cars things . Chop Chop ! back to work ! LMAO . Middle Class, Middle anything , Medium and Mediocrity is a sickness filled with fear and delusion. Dr sir who doesn't own his own practice get back to work! And knock knock Ms Lawyer miss who does not own her own firm , yeah you, get back to work! Own your shit and teach your own to teach your own. You dont need no Cnn fakeumentry for this simple shit .[/quote] Your point about the necessity of ownership is well taken, however IMO you are jumping the gun a bit with large sections of our community. There are those who are still lacking the fundamentals in life (food, shleter, proper education, etc) and for these people there are steps that will lead them closer to the ultinmate goal of vast community ownership, not only homes and businesses, but schools, hospitals, community centers and other venues that serve out communities and when self-owned will do so properly. Important steps to putting onesself in the position to participate in that type of community ownership are things like proper primary and secondary education, having a college degree (a well educated community is key), having sistainable income (good jobs, one cannot achieve real change when your stomach is growling and your winter coat is not warm enough) and refraining from frivolous displays of wealth (cars, clothes, jewelry, etc.)and accumulation of debt. I disagree that home ownership and college education are not to be celebrated in our communities. These are necessary tools for success in the world we're in and quite rankly, still not a given for the majority of the African diaspora, here in the US and elsewhere. We should not be aspiring to any "class", middle or otherwise, but we should certainly be taking the first steps toward removing the vast sections of Black people living at and below the poverty line. And we CERTAINLY need doctors, lawyers, judges, revolutionaries, educators, biologists, historians, etc. (whether in their own practices/institutions or not) in our commiunity and as a part of this struggle for COMMUNITY-wide greatness. Such achievments are not to be frowned upon or spat at as you do. As for the "Ghetto gutta gutta" comment...wow. Ignorance is a sickness homie...maybe you need to see one of those worthless doctors you discuss. No comment on THAT. You seem to be stuck between a rock and some ignorant ass hard place. About CNN and their "fakeumentary", one should NEVER get their education from the television and I didn't watch to learn shit. This was not FOR us, it was about us, and I AM concerned with the stereotypes perpetuated by such widely broadcasted, watched and RESPECTED media.
Lara's picture

[quote comment="150869"]Thank

[quote comment="150869"]Thank you so much for providing insightful comments regarding the CNN mockumentary. I too was so very disappointed at the tone and content of the show. Soledad might as well have done a two hour interview with Bill Cosby as he tirades against poor Blacks and shown some news highlights. It would have amounted to the same thing. It wasn't a view from within Black America, it was yet another view looking down on Black America.[/quote] I actually would credit Bill Cosby. He's not just talking ish. He's trying to spark change and his critisms are warrented...Soledad may embace the fact that she is of African ancestery but she not exactly part of the African American community. I'm not sure what her intentions are but she sure as Hell doesn't seem to truely understand that that she's not of any help.
Just Nikki's picture

Love Trey and the video

Love Trey and the video
bri's picture

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Dominique18's picture

I personally didn't think the

I personally didn't think the documentary was that bad. CNN did show good aspects, for example the family that had all their kids go to college and further their education; the parents owned their own company if I remember correctly. So yes there are many Black Americans that have made a good life for themselves, yet many still live in poverty. So what good is it to see who does well? Yes it's an example, but how do we get that example to the community that needs it most? Through the documentary?? I mean, how many poverty stricken families do you really think were watching that documentary last night? It's us, the so called middle class, that need to see these issues, WE are the ones that need to hit the problems head on. I saw it as a challenge to find avenues to make things better, but how and who will help me?? Or will people continue to simply "discuss" the problems and not do anything about it. It shouldn't be "shame on CNN" it should be shame on us all!! for allowing our brothers and sisters to become street statistics. Most of the comments up here are no where near about finding a solution; and that's "sadder" then any wrong the documentary could have done. I'm sure I have a couple hours (or more) a week to tutor or mentor, to help homeless find shelter, or even adopt a family. I'm ready to stand up....are any of you??
Follow the Light's picture

I GOTTA LOVE TREY SONGZ

I GOTTA LOVE TREY SONGZ PLIES SONG IS KOO 2. BUT I HAVE TO SAY "HELL NAW" to rihanna singing or attempting to sing a whole new world. That is a song for an artist who actually has VOCAL ABILITY. Please do not mess up one of my fav. Disney songs. I'm sure Chris Brown would be great on the song,tho. Alicia Keys recording "Reflection" is gonna be awesome!!! [♥]
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I LOVE PLIES NEW CD. I CAN

I LOVE PLIES NEW CD. I CAN PLAY IT WITHOUT EVEN SKIPPING SONGS. I LIKE THE VIDEO FOR "PLEASE EXCUSE MY HANDS" EVEN THOUGH I THINK IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BETTER WITH A BETTER STORY LINE LIKE THE NEW TREY SONGZ VIDEO.
Blaque's picture

I usually don't reply but I

I usually don't reply but I have to defend my man plies; he is better than some of these other rappers out here & his cd is on fiiiiire :)
Lola's picture

OK I watched this last night

OK I watched this last night and I have to say that I have mixed feelings. I completely understand both sides as there are both sides of the coin in the black community. There are tons of successfull folks within the race. I happen to consider myself one of them. However the issue about "community" is that it is just that a community. Once you do get successfull, do you stay within that community that nurished you or do you turn tail and move on up like the Jeffersons. I know plenty of successfull black coorporate collegues, who would never set foot in the hood to improve it since they left. This is my issue. I bought a house in the hood, and I must say that there are not many successfull examples in my community of what a child should strive for. Most of these kids do see poverty, sickness, prison sentences ALL THE TIME. It is nice to hilight that some of us MADE IT, but then what do we do? The haves run as fast as they can from the havenots and never turn back. I will watch this series and I even though it is slightly sad and depressing at times, I will use it as a catalysts to work on prison reform, and education in my community. To work towards improving it instead of moving to the white neighboorhood and working to "blend in" as a token. There were people hilighted that actually cared and although many may have taken away the struggles, etc I believe that this is a wake up call to us to recognize that we are not done yet because some of us can sit ina corporate office and move to the suburbs. The is still a LOT of work to be done and we have not made the first step.
B-Dette's picture

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for providing insightful comments regarding the CNN mockumentary. I too was so very disappointed at the tone and content of the show. Soledad might as well have done a two hour interview with Bill Cosby as he tirades against poor Blacks and shown some news highlights. It would have amounted to the same thing. It wasn't a view from within Black America, it was yet another view looking down on Black America.
Just V's picture

Natasha, I watched part of

Natasha, I watched part of the CNN show and got so disgusted with the exact point that you're making that I had to turn the channel. I'm glad I wasn't the only who was disturbed by CNN's one-sided reporting. There are so many of us that are not living in the way that they chose to showcase (a single mother of 5 who had her first child as an unmarried teenager!). The positive aspects of our community deserve some light as well, for many many reasons, but first and foremost, as you said, to give those who do live in poverty and with dispair some hope and some understsanding that it's not a life sentence if they so choose. So glad you mentioned this...Keep up the good work, girl!
Lara's picture

While I appreciate the effort

While I appreciate the effort of a special on Being black in America, I”m highly disappointed in the content. Over 90% of the special was spent talking about the struggles that African Americans face which are also the struggles of those individuals who are of lower income. The special talked about the issues that face less than half of how the actual African American population lives, while I don’t knock that poverty is an issue in our population since we are double the national rate, American needs to see something else to why not talk about people like myself or my friends who are in graduate school getting PhDs in science, or those individuals who moving up the corporate ladder and following in the foot steps of their college educated parents. There is more than one positive story, if as of 2004 24.4% of the African American population live below the poverty line lets look at the other 75.6% of population. But thanks for the effort.
SoHotInMiami's picture

The CNN special really wasn't

The CNN special really wasn't all that bad. You have to recognize who watches CNN and the purpose of this series. Everyone watches CNN, white, black, asian, hispanic, natives etc. This series was to highlight some of the struggles that African Americans experience comparably to 'white' America or other races. With many people now saying they are 'color blind' CNN appears to be trying to put the spotlight on some of the stereotypes too often given towards black people. Was the special perfect, absolutely not, but it addressed some real issues that almost NEVER reach a massive audience. I am curious to hear who is actually watching as far as demographics and what they think.
xenanic's picture

Hey I didn't know that!

Hey I didn't know that! Shady @ssed mothaf/ckas
Emerald's picture

The problem is where are

The problem is where are these people in the black community who are doing well and doing things for the community? Why are they not being known by themselves? If they are really set out on that mission to help other African Americans propser they should be making their faces known not hidden. Say CNN had put on a program showcasing the good and how far we've come. People would really WAMP the show because it would be a laugh. The acheivements are great the differences we've made are very small in relation to how far we have set ourselves back with the negativity we have created for ourselves. I had to laugh because its funny people never ever want to hear the truth or face reality. That man is right. Porportion is right and I definitely agree with that, and that was defineitely highlighted in the single black women who were successful and what Soledad did was show that with each positive a negative involved. +High number of black women in colleg= - twice as less black males in college. +Black powerful women highly educated with great salery= - single looking for a black man at their level. She showed the both those areas and was trying to figure out the root of the problem. SOMETIMES THE BAD OUTWEIGHS THE GOOD WHICH IS WHERE WE ARE TODAY. When black america looks in the mirror thats what we see and that is what needs to change and be faced. The reality is this is what's going on in the African American community and this is how far we have come since we have been released. To report on the good that is going on in our society is kind of faulty. If you were to say yea we have a lot more black women in college but then we also have two times more women then black creating an imbalance, or we are glorifying weezy selling a million records something that is an achievement but irrelevant to the survival of African American people especially if he is not uplifting the community or pushing it in a positive direction. Don't get me wrong I love Weezy but lets be real he is only feeding African American males a negative stereotype and glorifying Sex, money and weed, which in reality and sadly is some black mens main focus which is leading them to be infected with aids,hiv stds, or diseases, broke ( quick fix with money selling drugs or skipping out on an education and trying to become a proathelete when those chances are statistically less than 1 percent) or being incarcerated. I can't blame it solely on the music because this is where some of these rappers come from but black males have a duty a tough duty no matter color blind or what. Because of the way that we were brought to this country and the racial bias and prejudices that exist today and where we came from I believe the only way out for African Americans is to learn the system and prevail in it taking hold of every available resource in reach despite your condition and I don't mean the whole bootstrap mentality I mean as in education as number one and from there grab hold of every single opportunity given to advance yourself. This is our answer for what's going on right now because for people to be color blind we need to show them that there is no difference in color that we are the same. Same as in achieving the same goals and receiving higher scores in school, obtaining better things for ourselves. Demand the best for ourselves. I believe just as Martin Luther King did when we obtain that statute of equality then will we not equate ourselves by color but on other things because racism is not going away anytime soon.
Equality's picture

[quote comment="150710"]No

[quote comment="150710"]No comment on most of these comments . All of yall educated middle class typing at work or at home on computers need to get back to work! Ya'lls An't made it yet . You are no dif than the ghetto gutta gutta. You like them don't own shit but your bullshit. and your worthless degrees and maybe a home and a few cars things . Chop Chop ! back to work ! LMAO . Middle Class, Middle anything , Medium and Mediocrity is a sickness filled with fear and delusion. Dr sir who doesn't own his own practice get back to work! And knock knock Ms Lawyer miss who does not own her own firm , yeah you, get back to work! Own your shit and teach your own to teach your own. You dont need no Cnn fakeumentry for this simple shit .[/quote] The realest *hit I read on here. Much respect to D Red too for her wise words & the Willie Lynch comment. It's so easy to blame POOR Black folk (Lola AM called them fools but Miseducated is more appropriate). Ownership & community responsibility are key to Black empowerment.
080808's picture

[quote comment="149924"]that

[quote comment="149924"]that disney remake sounds tight. no more plies![/quote] ...Yes, dude is unnecessary! [quote comment="150711"]I have to disagree with the majority on this issue. I think last night's CNN presentation presented a realistic view of the current status of African- Americans in today's society. I could go on and on as to why, but I can condense it to this statement: The stereotypical white American is successful and at least middle class so the exception to that stereotype would be a white American who lives in poverty. Same rule applies to African- Americans except that the stereotypical black person in America is thought to be uneducated and living in poverty and the exception to that is an educated and successful individual. I don't know what show some people were watching, but there were successful black individuals presented throughout and if they would have focused on the success of the race up to this point in time THAT would have been exaggerated and unrealistic because the truth of the matter is there aren't a plethora of exceptions to the rule yet. Yes we may have a black man running for president, yes there are black people in high places, but that is not a reflection of the majority which is why when a black person is in some sort of power it still serves as a culture shock. Being an educated black woman myself and being raised in an area that was designed for me to fail I am proud to be an exception to the rule.[/quote] I agree with Natasha, this program didn't hit me with stuff I didn't know but what made it border-line offensive is that it did not focus on any accomplishments and sure as Hell didn't offer any solutions let alone THE solution. Yes, the were "accomplished" folks on the show but they were presenting the problem not steps take to solve the issue. Actually, it didn't address the true problems in the community, just the symptoms...for those that would argue that this show held up a mirror for the black community as a whole, what do you suggest that be done with the 'shockin' revalation?
Just Nikki's picture

Although I have not watched

Although I have not watched the special yet, I would be disappointed if what Natasha said turns out to be true.
r's picture

There are plenty of black

There are plenty of black billionaires and multi millionaires in america. I'm talkin way above middle class and upper middle. Enough to do a 5 day docu on em. But will that ever happen ? Nope . Why ? cause people still say and think that white people are successful and blacks are not. Esp black people. White people are just as poor and middle class as blacks . Its "US" that make these fools out to be GOds and models of success. Of course they have more pound for pound , thats only because there are more of them. BTW The middle class is a farse , its nothing but poor people thinking they made it! lolol. Get ya'll asses back back to work and turn that tv OFF and try OWNING some shit. The TV hates us . True story . Teach your own to Teach your own.
pink wall street here again's picture

I am disappointed in all of

I am disappointed in all of those who expected CNN to present an accurate picture of "Black America". How do we expect a station that is one of the main exploiters of people of color (asian, black, white, whatev)??? A station that is a part of this media circus that is helping to hinder our progress in society??? The difference is Natasha can realize it is all a lie and over exaggerated but what about all those people that don't? All of those who are going to fall into the trap of believing all the bull stations like BET and CNN put out the about being "black in America". Ugh, I am just so disgusted by it all.
WoW's picture

There are plenty of black

There are plenty of black billionaires and multi millionaires in america. I'm talkin way above middle class and upper middle. Enough to do a 5 day docu on em. But will that ever happen ? Nope . Why ? cause people still say and think that white people are successful and blacks are not. Esp black people. White people are just as poor and middle class as blacks . Its "US" that make these fools out to be GOds and models of success. Of course they have more pound for pound , thats only because there are more of them. BTW The middle class is a farse , its nothing but poor people thinking they made it! lolol. Get ya'll asses back back to work and turn that tv OFF and try OWNING some shit. The TV hates us . True story . Teach your own to Teach your own.
pink wall street's picture

The Cosby Show was so

The Cosby Show was so powerful and influential to my generation and I think the powers that be noted it. I recognize that there have been little to nothing like seeing that family on tv each week to motivate the next generation. I noticed tis when I started watching Run's House. I really like that show because it gives me the same motivation and sense of pride that the Cosby Show did. I agree with Natasha. I did not watch the series last night but plan to; however if what she described turns out to be true I will be disappointed as well.
r's picture

[quote comment="150711"]I

[quote comment="150711"]I have to disagree with the majority on this issue. I think last night's CNN presentation presented a realistic view of the current status of African- Americans in today's society. I could go on and on as to why, but I can condense it to this statement: The stereotypical white American is successful and at least middle class so the exception to that stereotype would be a white American who lives in poverty. Same rule applies to African- Americans except that the stereotypical black person in America is thought to be uneducated and living in poverty and the exception to that is an educated and successful individual. I don't know what show some people were watching, but there were successful black individuals presented throughout and if they would have focused on the success of the race up to this point in time THAT would have been exaggerated and unrealistic because the truth of the matter is there aren't a plethora of exceptions to the rule yet. Yes we may have a black man running for president, yes there are black people in high places, but that is not a reflection of the majority which is why when a black person is in some sort of power it still serves as a culture shock. Being an educated black woman myself and being raised in an area that was designed for me to fail I am proud to be an exception to the rule.[/quote] You and your dumb ass mental state is the reason for the culture shock . Get your ass back to work! LMAO "White people seen as wealthy cause ya'll put them there" Half those fools are poor as hell too amd middle class. You have no idea how many multi multi millionaires and black billionaires live in america. So until u do . STFU. ! Its enough of them to do a 5 day docu series, You and people LIKE you just wouldn't believe it!. You dont live next door to YT the billionaire so why would u live next door to black the billionaire. But that does not mean they dont exist . Wake the fuck up people , and turn that TV off . It hates us lolol.. True story :)
pink wall street's picture

if they would have profiled

if they would have profiled more black people with money, you know that they would have profiled rappers, singers and actors. then they definately would have made light that they have money but they still have the same issues such as out of wedlock children, drug dependancy and money management problems.
Teaberry's picture

BTW these celebs dont own

BTW these celebs dont own shit worth anything etha. NON of them ! including your favorite rapper and Talk show Host. They share they don't own lolol.. Share is a nice word I'm using. Let me get my *insert socioeconomic that most would not believe if i told the here* ass back to work! LMAO
pink wall street's picture

I have to disagree with the

I have to disagree with the majority on this issue. I think last night's CNN presentation presented a realistic view of the current status of African- Americans in today's society. I could go on and on as to why, but I can condense it to this statement: The stereotypical white American is successful and at least middle class so the exception to that stereotype would be a white American who lives in poverty. Same rule applies to African- Americans except that the stereotypical black person in America is thought to be uneducated and living in poverty and the exception to that is an educated and successful individual. I don't know what show some people were watching, but there were successful black individuals presented throughout and if they would have focused on the success of the race up to this point in time THAT would have been exaggerated and unrealistic because the truth of the matter is there aren't a plethora of exceptions to the rule yet. Yes we may have a black man running for president, yes there are black people in high places, but that is not a reflection of the majority which is why when a black person is in some sort of power it still serves as a culture shock. Being an educated black woman myself and being raised in an area that was designed for me to fail I am proud to be an exception to the rule.
Ms. Jones's picture

No comment on most of these

No comment on most of these comments . All of yall educated middle class typing at work or at home on computers need to get back to work! Ya'lls An't made it yet . You are no dif than the ghetto gutta gutta. You like them don't own shit but your bullshit. and your worthless degrees and maybe a home and a few cars things . Chop Chop ! back to work ! LMAO . Middle Class, Middle anything , Medium and Mediocrity is a sickness filled with fear and delusion. Dr sir who doesn't own his own practice get back to work! And knock knock Ms Lawyer miss who does not own her own firm , yeah you, get back to work! Own your shit and teach your own to teach your own. You dont need no Cnn fakeumentry for this simple shit .
pink wall street's picture

I never heard about black in

I never heard about black in America and I wont be watching it. Sounds very horrid to only depict blacks as such. What about those in earlier generations who paved the way for what we have right now!!
Tanika's picture

And I am going to keep it

And I am going to keep it real... the real reason why black's are so sick is because we are consuming way to much meat and dairy causing a whole lot of diseases that our forfathers never suffered. If we switched to vegetarian diets or cut out red meats which we are suppose to be doing to begin with a lot more of us would live long lives. And that's the truth.
bklyn-bella's picture

as I said in previous posts I

as I said in previous posts I feel they scratched the very surface of the struggle. People on here keep saying that we need to do something yet with as many of us that agree, tomorrow will be the same thing, why is that? its not because we're lazy or fearful there is something within us that if we continue to deny it it will cont. to remain. One thing that was touched on was the genetic disposition that might have made its way to our DNA and I agreee 100% there needs to be a biological study done on the effects of the media the type of foods we eat and the type of air we are exposed to. Its no secret most black people live in the city where there is constant pollution in the air and the street. Also the effects of slavery has definitely played a big role in our lives psychologically and emotionally. People would like to believe we could get over it but we can't. They were suppose to talk about the effects of the media on young black women and men. People are saying there is a part 2 yes there is but that is going to be primarily on black men and honestly although I feel like black men in america got it rough so does the black woman aside from single parenting we have to deal with racism and sexism I'm just saying if they are going to do it they might as well do it right and not half ass it. I didn't expect CNN to hold us down on this.
bklyn-bella's picture

@ MILAN! You obviously don't

@ MILAN! You obviously don't get the point as to why some people are mad and disappointed so let me hit you with it! 1.) We are not hardly saying that it's totally up to this reporter to uplift and inspire us to do better, but damn why not! If she made it a damn point to dedicate a whole 2 hour special to us, which I'm sure she's getting a lot of $for, the least damn thing she could do is offer a little inspiration, and not just capitalize off our as she obviously see's it, impoverished, uneducated, way of life! She could have given us that much don't you think? 2.) Yeah other cultures who come from fucked up parts of the world have come over and accomplished alot and kudos to them for it. But what you fail to realize is that they did not endure the mentally entrapping slavery tactics used on African Americans to not only enslave us physically but mentally to be against each other, to not trust each other, and ultimately to DESTROY each other. Even in their poverty they still had their community! Our community was taken away during slavery so that we would only trust our white slave masters. This was not addressed in the documentary AT ALL! 3.) I hold myself accountable to my community and do many things in the way of volunteering, speaking to the youth, and giving back, and have since I was 9 years old, yes I said it 9 years old because I had a god-mother that was very politically and socially acitve, and hey it kind of stayed wit hme. I'm still pissed at this documentary though. 4.) Soledad is part black, so you don't think she should want to better educate others on the plight of Afircan Amiericans, sorry, but damn at least part of her should! 5.) And you are absolutely wrong about saying how writing on a blog won't help, because many, many times anothers opinion has helped me to shape a better opinion on a subject and has led me to want to do greater things. I don't think we need to jump on each other for being disappointed in our portrayal in this documentary. I'm not trying to shit on you, but I hate it when people get all self righteous with it. Yes I agree that we all have a resposibility to our community to give back, but that still doesn't mean we can't be pissed! Love you Milan!
D.RED's picture

[quote comment="150005"]I

[quote comment="150005"]I don't think Natasha watched the whole thing... From what I saw they showed both sides, a successful family with a mother and father but they also showed a mother doing all on her own... I mean hell they even showed a single father... They exposed the truth about everyday black people not the celebs, that's not real enough...[/quote] Point,Blank,Period........
Shawty's picture

[quote

[quote comment="150072"][quote comment="150070"][quote comment="149969"]@ kdluv Hilarious..."the curses of a thousand fleas" On another note: Disney really makes me wanna protest them. They'll put blacks on a cd, but their first atempt at making a black princess (In 2008) is a voodoo practicing maid (barely out of slavery) that has to be saved by a white Prince. On a second thought! I will protest Disney til they get it right, cuz right now they need to try again![/quote] AGREED. disney is too shady...always has been actually. I can't believe them for this upcoming black princess movie...i'm too outdone with them LOL.[/quote] Also, if you go on Youtube...there are literally HUNDREDS of videos that expose Disney's racism over the years. Did you know that Black people were originally used to draw the cartoon's for this so-called "empire"...WITHOUT pay? Yeah, my history teacher opened my eyes WIDE back in high school. That's why I cringe everytime my Niece watches a Disney tape, or buys a Disney product.[/quote] YES, it's true Disney has been blatantly racist over the years, they are just trying to make up for it by having these black singers on their album.
camilla's picture

I'm a College

I'm a College Recruitor/Career placement Specailist for a reknowned HBC/U. I sit on the board for a Runaway Youth Shelter, I have a non-for profit contract with the United Way. Everything I mentioned I did when I was in college myself and I still do in my community and others. I have several inner-city young adults work for me and volunteer for me and my organizations." I put all my energy to give to those who would normally be neglected or overlooked. I work with mothers, some parents, teachers, highschools, etc. I may come across as being harsh, but I'm a task oriented person! I'm passionate about issues surrounding our people, because I too, have been the exception and not the rule. Believe me when I tell you, I've been through it as most of us have in one way or another! The point is we talk and talk and talk about the same damn things...let's start making moves! That's all. In one way or another let's make moves BEYOND expressing our frustration and concerns on a blog for a day! (not that you can't) but take it to the next level that all. I've written to and pressure many community figures to stand up! and get things done! and get it done right. In a very blunt way I'm encouraging you all to do so IN WHATEVER WAY you can. If you have done things let's hear..damn let's share ideas.... God bless & have a great day!
Milan's picture

For Everyone, I have read

For Everyone, I have read everyone's comments and opinions on this matter, and first and foremost, I would like to say that I definately feel like more of our accomplished sisters and brothers should have been showcased, and I say this for 2 reasons... the first reason being.. if the only thing portrayed is the disparities and destitude, without the offerance of hope, then it leads people to feel if there isn't anything worth fighting for, or maybe even that the fight is too big!! the second reason... I come from one of the many impovershed communities this documentary speaks about, however, I have a husband, two beautiful sons, and a two college degrees. I am not saying this to brag, but instead to say this... I have a lot of young girls who look to me everyday for guidance and for advice. I am asked questions daily about school admissions processes, financial aid information, among other things. It is a blessing to be an inspiration to these girls, and since they see that IT IS possible it also gives them HOPE!! As displaced Africans in America (we were not immigrants, immigrants choose to come, we did not!) we must stop what is this skewed image of us in the media, and take back our image. Just like they say we took back the definition of that "N" word.. still hate that word!!!
Ryin's picture

The CNN special for me was an

The CNN special for me was an emotional roller coaster. I think they could have balanced some of the good out with the bad. But come one we can no longer ignore whats going on. Just like the section that featured our health. There is alot in the community we are not doing like talking about sex and diseases, better overall health. The nubers are there to show we are not doing good in the community. Granted there are thousands of good examples like the family that was featured, but instead of thousands we need millions.
LuvangelHussein330's picture

And wait, how do you know

And wait, how do you know what we have done? Just because we came on this blog to give our opinions on the show just like everybody else means we aren't doing anything? Please.
Tonya's picture

[quote comment="150581"]It's

[quote comment="150581"]It's amazing that everyone on here gave their point of view. This being said , what ARE EACH OF YOU AS INDIVIDUALS DOING, WITH GOD'S HELP...TO ENLIGHTEN OUR COMMUNITY or to quote end quote "give back." How many of us on here particiapte in the Big Brother Big sister program across the country to mentor "our youth" how many of us on here apply for special city permits to host neighborhood enriching events with local oganizations? How many of us here create $200 scholarships for the highschool we attend to give back to and encoruage that lil' brother or sister trying to keep up with school work admist personal struggles at home? I'll make it easier ...How many of us on a day off go to the poorest schools to make a enlightening presentation regarding the struggles we went through and give examples of how we overcame them? In case you didn't know: It's not Soledad's job to convey any sympathy/empathy, it's not CNN's job to educate anybody about our issues... The Burden is on All of us! IN ALL THE HOODS/suburbs ACROSS AMERICA WE THE SINGLE MOTHERS, Preachers, professionals, kids, teenagers,college students, etc WE IN OUR EVERYDAY INTERACTION NEED TO LESSEN AND LESSEN THE MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES, BY HOW WE CONDUCT OURSELVES & Most IMPOTANTLY HOW WE GIVE BACK! (every little bit counts) WE WERE ALL MADE IN HIS IMAGE THEREFORE AS INDIVIDUALS HAVE THE ATHORITY AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE CHANGES FOR OURSELVES... There is no excuse! how on earth do we have immigrants coming from different poverty, disease infested, 3rd world nations...land in America...and surpass "our" people in terms of achievement ..however small or grand that may be So please stop with the Woe are us!And do something! we all got time to write on this blog, how about flooding our opinions and letters to local congress man or congress woman's office with the things you as indivudals and whomever else you can get on board what changes we want to see happen in our community BE SPECIFIC! Cause writing on this blog about it won't help those who need the light of hope shined on them as we all clearly witnessed on the program and DAILY!!![/quote] You are exactly right, so what are YOU doing to help the Black community. If you aren't doing a damn thing, then don't come up in here on your high horse asking what have we done, when you haven't done anything. But you have a point. WE can't sit here and complain and not do anything. It's simply pointless. Great ideas though. :)
Tonya's picture

It's amazing that everyone on

It's amazing that everyone on here gave their point of view. This being said , what ARE EACH OF YOU AS INDIVIDUALS DOING, WITH GOD'S HELP...TO ENLIGHTEN OUR COMMUNITY or to quote end quote "give back." How many of us on here particiapte in the Big Brother Big sister program across the country to mentor "our youth" how many of us on here apply for special city permits to host neighborhood enriching events with local oganizations? How many of us here create $200 scholarships for the highschool we attend to give back to and encoruage that lil' brother or sister trying to keep up with school work admist personal struggles at home? I'll make it easier ...How many of us on a day off go to the poorest schools to make a enlightening presentation regarding the struggles we went through and give examples of how we overcame them? In case you didn't know: It's not Soledad's job to convey any sympathy/empathy, it's not CNN's job to educate anybody about our issues... The Burden is on All of us! IN ALL THE HOODS/suburbs ACROSS AMERICA WE THE SINGLE MOTHERS, Preachers, professionals, kids, teenagers,college students, etc WE IN OUR EVERYDAY INTERACTION NEED TO LESSEN AND LESSEN THE MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES, BY HOW WE CONDUCT OURSELVES & Most IMPOTANTLY HOW WE GIVE BACK! (every little bit counts) WE WERE ALL MADE IN HIS IMAGE THEREFORE AS INDIVIDUALS HAVE THE ATHORITY AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE CHANGES FOR OURSELVES... There is no excuse! how on earth do we have immigrants coming from different poverty, disease infested, 3rd world nations...land in America...and surpass "our" people in terms of achievement ..however small or grand that may be So please stop with the Woe are us!And do something! we all got time to write on this blog, how about flooding our opinions and letters to local congress man or congress woman's office with the things you as indivudals and whomever else you can get on board what changes we want to see happen in our community BE SPECIFIC! Cause writing on this blog about it won't help those who need the light of hope shined on them as we all clearly witnessed on the program and DAILY!!!
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