President Obama shared a very private moment today at the White House as he unveiled a new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper." It's a public-private venture that has $200,000,000 in seed money aimed at helping young black and Hispanic men to stay in school and get good jobs. He told the crowd:
"I could see myself in these young men. And the only difference is that I grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving. So when I made a mistake, the consequences were not as severe.”
Anderson discussed this with New York Times op-ed columnist Charles Blow, CNN commentator Michaela Angela Davis, yourblackworld.com founder Boyce Watkins and Reverend Kevin Johnson.
CNN obtained recordings of jailhouse phone calls made by Michael Dunn while he was awaiting trial. He was speaking with his fiancé, and the conversations offer a unique insight not seen in court. He describes himself as both "victor" and "victim," he also calls his fellow inmates "animals."
Benjamin Crump is the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family. He spoke with Anderson after listening to the Dunn tapes.
Anderson discussed all of this with criminal defense attorney Joseph Haynes Davis, New York Times op-ed columnist and CNN political commentator Charles Blow along with our own legal team of Sunny Hostin and Mark Geragos.
Philip Seymour Hoffman lost his battle with heroin. Ric Curtis has spent decades studying the drug's destructive power. Dr. Drew Pinsky is fighting to help those who are addicted. On AC360 Later they discussed heroin’s deadly impact.
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