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August 8th, 2008
07:06 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Black IN America...

Evening Editor’s Note:

We’re live tonight because of the John Edwards story. Keep your eye on CNN.com for upcoming airings of Black in America.


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  1. Dee Stevens

    The bloggers of AC360 deserve an explanation as to why your show is not on tonight Anderson. I understand what is happening and you should defend yourself.

    August 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  2. Marian

    I suppose Friday nights are just vacation nights now - reruns are one thing, but can't you put your heads together and come up with some good ideas of somthing more interesting to come up with on AC360 on the Friday vacations. This was a good documentry but has been on far too much. Oh well, the Olympics will be on.

    August 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  3. Rosie

    Being an African-American Negro, I did not need to be introduced to my way of life. I need no one to tell me, or show me what it is like to be "Black in America."
    What I need someone to tell me is, Why the Negro history is not a part of the Department of Education's curriculum.
    The reason why you need a Black in America, introduction, is because the Department of Education has left out its African-American Negro history.
    If the people of color's history was taught in our schools, there would be no need for Media introduction, for we would all know one another; for we would know America's complete history.
    And for all of us who do not recognize who Obama truly is, and that he is the beginning of another phase of America's history, I would like to leave this thought with you: We are making the same mistake the people made when Jesus suddenly came out into the opening. All the people could see was, that he was Joseph, the carpenter's, son.
    So let us open our eyes and take another look at Obama, for while he is not Jesus, he is truly America's hope for a brighter future.

    August 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  4. reggie

    I'll admit, i did not watch any of the programs on CNN concerning black people in America.
    I am and African "American" male and i can say that the race 'war' is deffinately over ......and the ghetto lost misserably. The African American male has been destroyed, due to a self inflicted wound. What is that self inflicted wound?? allowing ourselfs to brain-washed to believe that learning\education is strictly for white people and should be avoided at all cost. We as black people taught ourselfs that philosophy, and it destroyed us. And now, even as i speak, young black men are being brain-washed into the gangsta' Rap philosophy.....which is THE most destructive teaching of this Age. It literaly destroyes anything that comes into contact with it. Millions upon millions of black kids have embraced the hip-hop doctrine of........Murder. Anti-education. Anger. More murder. Even as Malcom X said beautifully, Self hate and self doubt.
    The black woman in America is probably the most strongest and self relaint being on the planet. Think about it!!....She has endured 400 plus years of slavery. Jim crow. Raised the black american Family consisting of three and four kids and did it all by herself! thats a great accomplishment!
    Martin Luther King Jr?? he is rolling over in his grave right now! His dream is FAR from fruition. Malcom X was right all along!! The whole civil rights movement has been through in the trash, it's over.

    August 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  5. William Courtland

    So watching a preview snipit of the interview of Matthew Mcconaughey 'A time to kill, Warner Bros'., hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta Matthew mentioned going up on an airplane to prepare for the parturition of his child; this struck me as an idea which involved opening a door to use the lower barametric pressure to assist with the labor. The plane would be open through the labor then be closed and sealed right after birth; this would be more comfortable in a large plane, one with a second deck, and engine incineration should be cleaning the cabin air before it re-enters the atmosphere, while cleaned air is taken in from the atmosphere and be enriched from internal stores.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  6. Michael, NC

    B.J.
    Umm...maybe because the Jews aren't looking for compensation like some.

    August 8, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  7. Jane Ogden, Ottawa Canada

    I have found lately that CNN has had repetitive airings of many topics and quite frankly it is wearing a bit thin with me. You have so many talented reporters, anchors and producers and with so much more going on in the world, why not send them out there and tap into the stories that are waiting to be heard.

    August 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  8. B.J.

    I thnink Grace Gibson's(actress-Lynn Whitefield's daughter) response to CNN's Black In America program was nice and admirable. However what can one expect from a 16yr. who really doesn't know or understand the history of the USA, but her mother Lynn Whitefield does or should. It amazes me whenever I see shows like the one mentioned above and the responses you get from the viewers of such shows. Who established the race differential in this country? Who decided what is considered beauty in a woman? What role does the news media/and advertisers play in selecting and or establishing the trend of what a beautiful woman looks like? The answer to all of the above is WHITE AMERICA. The forefathers of this country established the percentage of Negro Blood one had to differentiate the races, not to mention the color/pigmentation of ones skin. WHITE AMERICA perpetuated all of those things as Lynn Whitfield should know all too well. I am sure she lost a lot of acting jobs because of her skin color. so why are the viewers so surprised at the commentation of CNN's program on Black America. I thought the program was a good one and should be shown as a reminder of how screwed-up we are as a country. I don't notice anyone critizing the Jews when programs about the Holocaust are aired over and over.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:53 pm |
  9. Alexis

    While the Black in America statistics were sobering and a little upsetting. They are what they are. We as a people not involved in drugs, gangs, HIV/AIDS epidemic, fatherless homes, and poverty have a duty ot help the next generation. As parents, we can raise children who will not become a number in a statistic. Raising children to take pride in themselves and pursue education would be a great start.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  10. Jolene

    Perhaps expectations could be set and AC360 should just announce that they don't do Fridays, especially in the summer. I guess I don't blame you really. Party on! That's what I'm going to be doing. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    August 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm |
  11. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson

    or are you on your next trip?who knows????
    africa,america in one week, you must be verry tired.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  12. Larry

    Is the Black In America series not available on dvd yet? Is CNN pandering to the Emmys, Black Emmys, Essence Awards, BET Awards, etc.?

    August 8, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  13. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    i wish you a beautiful and verry silent weekend.you desirve it after this
    bussy week.i think you do a tuff job.or are you on your next trip?who knows????

    August 8, 2008 at 11:27 am |
  14. Missy

    There is nothing else that you can put on in its stead? CNN has been showing this repeatedly over the past week or two. Overkill, something CNN and AC360 is very good at. It is an excellent program, but there must be something else. You folks don't care enough come up with something else. If I only made a tiny fraction of what you make, I would be a very happy person.

    You certainly don't expect people to be watching this again tonight and especially since the Olympics will be on as well.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  15. Pearl

    I too am Black in America and first I would like to point out being
    Black in America has alot of blacks not just the stereotype 360 keeps highlighting. Yes we have African Americans but the catageory is long, I am a Jamaican-American and then you have Asian Black Americans, Spanish Black Americans etc..the point being you need to report it all since you clearly have alot of time to air us. We have become more than what you want to show, I am quite tired of 360 and it's play list move on. Jesse Jackson was allowed to give us the title of African Americans now can we go back to being American Blacks when we truly appreciated and respected our heritage because of truth, not because it's fashionable. America we are free to do, to choose, to earn, to travel and guess what some of us are degreed.
    I don't speak Ebonics I speak English and again Jesse Jackson got away with titling what our so called language is. Ignorance is bliss and although we are a happy people we like any other race of Americans require more than the negative to lift up our spirits.
    Mr. Obama is still not the one no matter how many times 360 choose to politize the color of his disciples skin.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  16. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    i wish you a beautiful and verry silent weekend.you desirve it after this
    bussy week.i think you do a tuff job.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  17. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    i am realy sorry,there will be no ac 360 tonight.
    but i think we dont need to watch this black in america show again
    and again.o.k. i am german ,but i realy dont understand to make it a problem,for the american,which colour or religion they have,they all live together

    they do not need shows like black in amerika,whey dont you spent your showtime, to show,and make the american clear how close and how the same they are?the wold, and america,too, have other problems to take your attention

    August 8, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  18. Diane, Philadelphia, PA

    You should have went after the bloodiest, deadliest and most corrupt corporation in the world, Verizon. As a battered wife, I fled to another state with my children. A supervisor and other employees traced my family's lines and tracked me down. I was forced to return to that abusive situation. To make a long story short my husband committed suicide shortly thereafter. Because of my mental state, they were able to and did beat me out of my husband's pension. I wanted to talk to Raymond W. Smith former head of the company and was told that he was "too rich" to talk to me. I met him at an annual birthday celebration of Dr. King's. Picture that! Raymond W. Smith has more in common with gangster rapper 50 cent whose motto "Get rich or die trying" than with Dr. King's "I have a dream". Dr. King's death gave birth to so so many climbing social and economic ladders which is why someone like Mr. Smith whose bank account is filled with blood-soaked and stolen money could receive such an award. He set me up with a fake Vice President who was supposed to give me my husband's pension but she couldn't. Verizon does not have one black person working there who can greenlight anything. Two supervisors came to my home and told me about other employees there that committed suicide. An executive vice president (a white male) told me that their equipment is used to look up information on their enemies. They wrote me a bad check marked "insufficient funds" and I am so sure they did not write Mrs. Coretta Scott-King not even a bad one.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  19. Michael, NC

    So, is the Black In America program before or after the White In America program? I seem to miss that one every time...when will we stop the double standard?

    August 8, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  20. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    i am realy sorry,there will be no ac 360 tonight.
    but i think we dont need to watch this black in america show again
    and again.o.k. i am german ,but i realy understand to make it a problem,for the american,which colour or religion they have,they all live together

    they do not need shows like black in amerika,whey dont you spent your showtime, to show,and make the american clear how close and how the same they are?the wold, and america,too, have other problems to take your attention

    attention

    August 8, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  21. Marguerite

    I agree with Annie Kate. I loved the documentary and have watched it twice. And I realize the Olympics are also beginning tonight, but news doesn't stop because of the Olympics. I won't be watching AC360 tonight.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:55 am |
  22. Heather,CA,US

    I'll be watching the Olympics. I don't care to watch reruns of programs during nightly news time slots.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:36 am |
  23. deborah, OH

    I agree with Cindy, Annie Kate, & Michelle–why?

    Anyhow, glad you posted. See you Mon.?

    Have a good weekend all.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  24. Mike in NYC

    Gail Ellis Duncan wrote:

    "African American women ... tackle the many issues in life."

    First and foremost of which is the black man's fear of "commitment"

    Rahni, Connecticut wrote:

    "Can we stop the insane statements and statistics!"

    The statistics are accurate, exceptions notwithstanding. Properly interpreted, statistics are very useful as measures of group behavior. They also help in finding solutions.

    To Annie Kate and Lois:

    The ongoing white guilt trip is the "gift that keeps on giving."

    August 8, 2008 at 10:31 am |
  25. Holly

    I did not care for the black in america program. I believe it did degrade the African American population and made the African American population seem sketchy...Many of my African American friends do not approve of the show, they felt it is doing them worse than what currently is going around. Why it is being aired so often I do not understand, why the show takes place during a time of a more pressing issue with the current economic state and presidential status I do not get either. Besides, if Black in America would air earlier at like 7 or 8, the show would probably have more viewers obviously. Anyways, I do not feel this program is doing the African American society justice and I will disregard tonights airing.

    Holly – Tampa Florida

    August 8, 2008 at 9:56 am |
  26. Lois in upstate NY

    Sorry, The Black In AMerica Show has been aired to many times – please put something else on. I agree with Sam, it seems strange you keep showing this during Presidential race???

    August 8, 2008 at 9:54 am |
  27. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    What no AC 360 ! This Black in america program is really getting al ot of attention maybe too much since Obama the phenmon .
    Thanks for the posting see you monday
    michelle

    August 8, 2008 at 9:40 am |
  28. Annie Kate

    Morning to you too,

    The Black in America show is quite good but it was just on several times the week it aired and the weekend following that. Why do you all repeat so much stuff? Is there no news made on Fridays?? I'm not fussing – I'm just curious....

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 8, 2008 at 8:52 am |
  29. Cindy

    So we are getting reruns again huh? Could it be because the Olympics will be on tonight competing with 360?

    While this was a very good doc I won't be watching it again...sorry. I'll be off tonight too!

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 8, 2008 at 8:41 am |
  30. Rahni, Connecticut

    As an African-American female, the documentary in some aspects was degrading and insulting to me. If you listen to the statistics regarding HIV/AIDS, it sounds like all African-American has this deadly disease and the race is promiscuous and that is not true! As an African-American female who doesn’t have this disease and NOT promiscuous. I hate to see other people who are not in my race, to look at us and say, “I guess those people have HIV/AIDS because they’re African-American”. Can we stop the insane statements and statistics! We need another documentary on African-American in the positive light.

    Rahni, Connecticut

    August 8, 2008 at 8:27 am |
  31. Gail Ellis Duncan

    Being an African American expatriate from Washington, D.C, for the past 18 odd years, I see the changes and struggles many of my sisters have each time I come home. Though much has changed for the better, African American women seek support, love, and inspiration as they tackle the many issues in life. Health care, child care, employment, cost of living.........and the respect and love they deserve keeps us in constant prayer. Truly united we stand, divided we fall as a race, as a country, as a people. Let the dream of equality become a reality for us all. No more looking the other way but collectively continue making positive change. Remember, the children are the future and we set the example.

    August 8, 2008 at 7:48 am |
  32. Sam

    I find it very strange that you keep showing this show during the presidential campaign. Is this CNN's way to help McCain by focusing on race ?

    August 8, 2008 at 7:37 am |