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Apr 24th

Soledad O’Brien hosts second annual special about African-Americans

Black in America 2 premieres on CNN on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday July 23.

A year ago, “Black in America” debuted on CNN to a lot of fanfare, but the 2-part special failed to live up to the hype basically because it bit off more than it could chew. After all, there is tremendous diversity among African Americans, and the show did its best to cover as many sectors of the Black community as possible. Unfortunately, the upshot of that overambitious endeavor was that the program introduced more storylines than it was capable of addressing satisfactorily, and ended up looking less like a documentary than a string of unrelated news stories.


Jazz for a change: Music for a brave new world

Jazz for a change: Music for a brave new worldThis year, 2009 is witness to the monumental changes that have taken place in America; the changes in our economy, our political leadership, and our society.  These historic moments were the inspiration for the theme of the 10th Annual Freedom Jazz Festival.  This year we present “Jazz for a Change – Music for a Brave New World!”

The Steve Harvey Morning Show pays tribute to Michael Jackson on July 24

The Steve Harvey Morning Show pays tribute to Michael Jackson on July 24LOS ANGELES – On Friday, July 24, The Steve Harvey Morning Show will broadcast a special four-hour tribute to Michael Jackson. Harvey, a long-time friend of Jackson, will welcome the following celebrity guests and join them in sharing uplifting thoughts and memories of the King of Pop: Jamie Foxx, Rev. Al Sharpton, Kobe Bryant, Robin Thicke, John Legend, Magic Johnson, Wayne Brady, Anthony Hamilton, Anthony Anderson, Bill Bellamy, Stephen A. Smith, Musiq Soulchild, Eddie Levert, Chrisette Michele, Tank and many more. Airing live from 6 - 10 a.m. ET, the special will also feature Jackson’s hit songs from throughout his career.

Book Review: Reputations Fade Away by Dawayne Williams

Book Review: Reputations Fade Away by Dawayne Williams“I can understand and relate to why most Black men are giving up on life, especially the ones my age… Only a few of us make it off the streets and become successful... It’s sad that for many of the guys I knew growing up, their first job was selling drugs. "

Cicely Tyson gets Emmy nomination for Hallmark Channel, Relative Stranger

Cicely Tyson gets Emmy nomination for Hallmark Channel, Relative StrangerEmmy winning actress Cicely Tyson knows plenty about fatherless families, having been raised by her mother without a father around, a theme which rings true in her latest film for Hallmark Channel, Relative Stranger, which premiered Saturday, March 14th 2009. The film portrays a family whose father played by ER’s Eriq La Salle returns after a six year absence, and explores the effects that absence has had on his wife and two children, as well as other members of the family.

Face-to-face with the face of post-racial America

Face-to-face with the face of post-racial AmericaNative New Yorker Tracy Morgan was born in Brooklyn on November 10, 1968 and raised in the Bronx where he attended De Witt Clinton High School. He started doing standup as a teenager and was discovered in 1984 at the Apollo Theater on Amateur Night which kickstarted his showbiz career on the comedy circuit. He eventually landed a recurring role on the Fox sitcom “Martin,” which by 1996 he had parlayed into a gig as a member of Saturday Night Live’s ensemble cast.

Soledad on Ice: The “CNN Presents: Black in America 2” interview

Soledad on Ice: The “CNN Presents: Black in America 2” interviewBorn on September 19, 1966 in Saint James, NY, Maria de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien is the fifth of sixth children born to Edward and Estrella, immigrants from Australia and Cuba, respectively. She and her siblings excelled academically, and all attended Harvard University. But while her brothers and sisters pursued postgraduate degrees in either medicine or the law, Soledad settled on a career in journalism.
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