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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CNN's Black in America: Profound or Pablum?-- I really Miss Ed Bradley

Tonight's the night folks CNN will finally air the much-touted Black In America Episode on Black Women & the Family. Y'all know I won't be watching on account of the whole boycotting cable thing, but I am sure YouTube will fill in the gaps.

This is your open thread in anticipation feel free to leave real time comments as you watch. Will Black women be misrepresented yet again? Will CNN try to pull an ESSENCE and depress the heck out of us all or try to prey on our paranoia? Will they scratch beneath the surface and go further than the epidermis or will we just hear the same pablum regurgitated in the tradition of NBC New's African American Women Where they Stand also known as "Black women it sucks to be you!"

Or are Black people inherently difficult to please and all other networks should avoid trying to tell Black folks who they are? Man I miss Ed Bradley. Now HE would have put together a heck of a series on Black people and not just rehashed and reheated the panels from Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Folk's Union presented by Exxon Mobil, McDonald's and Rudy Ray's Rib Shack and Waffles.

I finally got video of what y'all were howling at regarding CNNs' Black in America which aired, in part, on Saturday and Sunday. Hosted by Soledad O'Brien. One woman on the panel and an audience full of women. Now I see why y'all were a bit miffed. Nothing groundbreaking. Nothing monumental.

Now compare that with the discussion from a panel on Black bloggers at Netroots Nation. Notice the complete and total difference in the tone and tenor of the discussion. one group is talking about the future and the other is talking about? ( the first 2 minutes of audio are low, btu the volume pick up after that.)