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July 24th, 2008
09:50 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/24/08

We are on at a special time again tonight 11p ET, after the "Black in America" documentary. Anderson will talk with CNN's Soledad O'Brien and several of the people profiled tonight.

We'll also have tonight's headlines. Check out what else is the program in Evening Buzz.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica on our live web camera from the 360° studio. We’ll turn the camera on at 1045p ET and turn it off at midnight ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 11p ET and stop at midnight ET.


Filed under: Live Blog • T1
July 24th, 2008
09:15 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Obama's Ego Trip?

Sen. Barack Obama addresses a crowd Thursday at the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany.

Sen. Barack Obama addresses a crowd Thursday at the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany.

Maureen Miller
360° Writer

Oh, my! What a day for photo-ops.  Two candidates with two very different snapshots. Barack Obama visited Berlin, Germany today.  He spoke to a crowd of about 200,000 people. It was an event that brought up distant images of John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein berliner" speech and Ronald Reagan's "Tear down this Wall" speech.  They each held the title of President of the United States.  Obama doesn't, but wants to.  Some of his critics are calling his overseas travels an ego trip.  What do you think? 

As for his opponent, John McCain ate some Bratwurst with voters in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio. 

FULL POST


Filed under: Maureen Miller • T1 • The Buzz
July 24th, 2008
07:45 PM ET

Finding Faith

Program Note: In the next installment of CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch encore presentation Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET


We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.

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Rev. Akono Ekundayo
Preacher, Atlanta Union Mission

Editor's note: Rev. Akono Ekundayo is a 1968 graduate of Little Rock Central High School, which was desegregated years earlier with the help from the Arkansas National Guard. When his guidance counselor told him he would be better suited as a garbage man than a college student, he joined the Air Force. Shipped off to Vietnam, he discovered heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Upon returning Akono turned to crime to get money. This led him to rob a bank, and go on the run. He was eventually caught, went to jail, served long term and returned to the streets selling crack after he got out. He became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and it robbed him of everything. He had a failed marriage and a lost relationship with his daughter. After a few stints in and out of rehab he found faith. Akono is now a preacher working at the Atlanta Union Mission in Georgia. He also councils black men struggling to get back on their feet and helps them find jobs. He shares his thoughts with the blog:
FULL POST


Filed under: Black in America
July 24th, 2008
06:47 PM ET

Hard Times at Douglass High

Program Note: In the next installment of CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch encore presentation Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET


We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.

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Tony Harris
CNN Anchor

Watching Soledad’s tremendous documentary made me think of a conversation I had recently with Rob Hardy - one of the founders of Rainforest Films (the company behind "Stomp the Yard.”) He was telling me about this amazing documentary he watched recently on our sister network HBO. It was all about Fredrick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland.

I stopped Rob in his tracks and told him I had an idea what the documentary would be about, not because I'd seen it - but because, for one remarkable year, Douglass was my high school.

What an amazing school it was in the 70's. It boasted the best marching and jazz bands in the city and it provided me with "the moment,” the moment I think about when people ask me where and how I got my start.

Tony Harris at 15! What a sight it was, all legs and Michael Jackson afro with the pick sticking out of it with the Tommy Smith\John Carlos black fist on it? Ha!

I guess it was 1975 and I landed the role of Oliver Twist in the school production that year. Of course, I was a rousing success. I was offered a partial scholarship to train at Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory after that performance, but mom was raising two pretty rambunctious kids on her own as a state employee. There was no money for a fancy "conservatory." FULL POST


Filed under: Black in America • Tony Harris
July 24th, 2008
05:38 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Dodge ball, anyone?

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

The Beijing Games aren’t your run-of-the-mill Summer Olympics. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the excitement of the Games. I love the opening ceremonies, the stories, the underdogs… but watching this year will be different. So much has been said about China’s record on human rights, and whether the country should even be hosting the games. There are calls for athletes to speak out, calls for them to stay quiet, even some calls for a boycott.

There is no easy answer. The Olympic Games are supposed to transcend the political turmoil of this world. They are supposed to unite us. They are supposed to give us hope. They are supposed to give thousands of athletes who have given their lives for this moment, a chance to bask in the glory of their success.

But there will be none of that for the Iraqi Olympic team, and no rallying for their countrymen who could have used the distraction. FULL POST


Filed under: Erica Hill • Erica's News Note • T1
July 24th, 2008
05:20 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/24/08

Hey there 360° bloggers! It’s time for ‘Beat 360°!’

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?

Fitness advocate Richard Simmons dances with fans during a rally on Capitol Hill July 24, 2008 in Washington, DC. Simmons was on the Hill for a hearing and a rally to promote the benefits of physical and health education for children.

Beat 360°

Have fun with it.

Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.
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Good luck to all!
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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 24th, 2008
04:26 PM ET

Obama in Kalamazoo?

Senator Obama waves as he arrives at the Victory Column in Berlin

Senator Obama waves as he arrives at the Victory Column in Berlin

Amy Holmes | Bio
CNN Political Analyst

Berlin, Paris, Kalamazoo. He could have given this speech anywhere. Obama goes to Berlin and winds up in Bangor. But maybe that was the point. Unlike JFK, Clinton, or Reagan, Obama's purpose in Berlin was essentially self-serving.

The great cause at stake was his own campaign — not the threat of Communism, or adapting to a post-Communist world. The great purpose to which Obama was asking his Berlin audience to rally was his own presidential aspirations. Pretty thin, not the stuff of history books.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics • T1
July 24th, 2008
04:25 PM ET

Golf can get so deadly serious

Andrew Giuliani, center, and his father Rudolph Giuliani, right, pose with Tiger Woods in 2001

Andrew Giuliani, center, and his father Rudolph Giuliani, right, pose with Tiger Woods in 2001

Jeffrey Toobin
CNN Senior Analyst

I realize I should be concentrating on more important matters today, but I am currently obsessed with one of the more remarkable lawsuits I have ever encountered.

Andrew Giuliani, son of the former presidential candidate and mayor of New York City, is suing Duke University for throwing him off the varsity golf team.

The gist appears to be that the coach of the team, O.D. Vincent (great name!), decided to cut the number of players on the team, and Andrew, who is a rising senior, was one of the players to get the axe. FULL POST


Filed under: 360° Radar • Jeffrey Toobin • T1
July 24th, 2008
04:21 PM ET

Is Polygamy organized crime?

Fundamentalist LDS Church spokesman Willie Jessop talks with reporters on Capitol Hill, today, following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: Crimes Associated with Polygamy.

Fundamentalist LDS Church spokesman Willie Jessop talks with reporters on Capitol Hill, today, following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: Crimes Associated with Polygamy.

David Mattingly
AC360° Correspondent

When Senator Harry Reid of Nevada accuses polygamists of forming "a sophisticated, wealthy and vast criminal organization" and calls polygamous communities "a form of organized crime," he speaks from experience that goes beyond his role as Senate Majority Leader.

Years ago, Reid was the head of the Nevada Gaming Commission and worked to root out organized crime from Las Vegas casinos. He says polygamous communities in the U.S. are not the same as the old Vegas mobs but he says they continue to engage in crimes too serious to ignore. FULL POST


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • David Mattingly • Polygamy • T1
July 24th, 2008
04:12 PM ET

Martin Luther King III on “Black in America”

Program Note: In the next installment of CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch encore presentation Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET


We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.

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Martin Luther King, III

One hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation, my father gave arguably the most celebrated of his speeches, “I Have a Dream.” On that day, a gathering of strangers a quarter of a million strong came to hear what it meant to be Black in America. Using his brush of eloquence, he painted the picture of where the typical Black in America lived: On a lonely “island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”

Like 1963’s March on Washington, CNN’s documentary, Black in America, is a gathering of sorts. Exponentially greater in numbers and certainly less familiar with each other, its viewers gathered to see vignettes that dramatize the continuing shameful condition that my father spoke of nearly 40 days short of 40 years ago. The condition he spoke of then demonstrated that American Blacks were not free.

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Filed under: Black in America • Martin Luther King III • T1
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