February 25th, 2009
11:16 PM ET

On the Radar: Black in America

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Thursday on 360, after our 10 o'clock hour, we'll bring you a special preview of "Black in America 2" – the second installment of CNN's critically acclaimed documentary.

After we aired "Black in America" last July, we got a tremendous response and the question became, "Now what?"

Well, now a black president lives in the White House. Americans elected Barack Hussein Obama just months after "Black in America" premiered.

Nov. 4, 2008 was turning point in the nation's troubled story of race. A milestone with the potential to change the way white Americans see black Americans, how black Americans look at each other and how the rest of the world sees this nation.

"Black in America 2" will air this July, with a focus on pioneers who are working in ways large and small to make a difference in the black community and to develop tomorrow's black leaders. Over two nights we'll bring you stories of people who are finding ground-breaking solutions to transform lives and to turn pain into progress.

In our preview Thursday, you'll meet children from one of New York's poorest neighborhoods who travel to South Africa - and are inspired to dream big dreams.

You'll also meet a principal who holds everyone accountable in his school - from students to teachers to parents. The results he gets shatter the usual statistics.

And we'll take you inside a privileged corner of black America.. whose members say they often feel invisible. They are the elite of black America - wealthy, accomplished and well-connected.

Each of these stories, in its own way, reflects President Obama's journey to the White House.

You'll be inspired and amazed. We promise.

See you Thursday at 11 p.m. eastern, right after the 10 p.m. hour of AC360°.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Neo

    I'm a brown American and Mike in some way is accurate. People in my community (like anyone else) need to realize that they are in part responsible for where they are in life. If someone thinks that racism is holding them back from succeeding in life I would love to see them interviewed on your show, because I don't encounter that much in my daily life.

    February 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  2. Mike in NYC

    @CR in DC:

    Blacks have benefited greatly from that white-run government you mention. Take a look at the last 50 years - War on Poverty, entitlements (paid for overwhelmingly by Whites), civil rights legislation, etc. There’s also the small issue of the sacrifice of a few hundred thousand Northern white soldiers during the Civil War that made the abolition of slavery possible. I’ve never heard any black political leader thank whites for that. I think all of this more than makes up for anything that went before. Nevertheless, the blame game shows no sign of ending.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    I think people need to grow up and stop being ignorant!!!!!!its not a black or white thing i have white friends,i have black friends ,mexican friends! and etc!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if people would just stop being negative the world would be a better place!!!!!!! and at least try to get along with eachother! when you bleed we all bleed the same color and when you die there is one one place every one is going heaven or hell!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  4. CR in DC


    I think your response is too much of a generalizatioon. A government run for 400 years predominatly by whites does give people a place to put their blame. However, every group in America has generations of ignorant, uneducated people that will always be small minded.

    The goal for all of us is to work together and educate them and show them how to control their own destiny. Opportunities are there for everyone, but someone has to tell you where to look and how to move yourself forward.

    February 26, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  5. Mike in NYC

    "...change the way white Americans see black Americans, how black Americans look at each other and how the rest of the world sees this nation."

    How about changing the way blacks see whites? As in not seeing them as eternal scapegoats for blacks' problems.

    February 26, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  6. Ken

    Just saw 2008's show for the first time tonight. Awesome.
    I'd like to see a follow-up on the status of Black women who have trouble finding men who match their general profile (education, financial success, etc.). Still looking? Beaten the odds?

    February 26, 2009 at 2:28 am |
  7. Marquita

    i enjoyed this segment cnn did on black in america. i am a young black woman but my life was a little sheltered so this opened my eyes to what occurs in many blak people lives. thanks for airing it again i will enform my friends to watch this!!

    February 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |