The “Black in America” series is very ambitious and I think Soledad O’Brien worked very hard on this program. I intend to watch all three installments. All that said, the two-hour premiere of the first installment about black women and family was a little weak. Don’t get me wrong, I think O’Brien did a great job of talking to a wide range of people and some of the stories were truly touching ( I LOVE the Rand family!), but the program jumped around a little too much. There just wasn’t enough time to spend on each of those very important subjects, especially education. However, the show does reveal how diverse the experiences are under the umbrella of the “black experience.” We are “The Wire,” “The Cosby Show,” “Girlfriends,” “Boyz n’ the Hood,” “Something New” and a whole lot more.
The one thing that I thought could really just be gone forever and I wouldn’t shed a tear was that poet dude. I hope he’s not part of the entire series. I was particularly rolling my eyes at his little words about inter-racial dating. Everything that man said on the subject was about how black women feel like they have to “resort” to inter-racial relationships because of a lack of available black men. Go sit down somewhere! I’m so tired of that weak rationale. Some people date outside of their race because *gasp* they genuinely connect with someone who happens to be of another race.
Anywho, though perhaps a tad too scattered, I liked this first installment quite a bit and I hope they follow-up with the people they interviewed. I am especially curious to see how that adorable young man is doing who pledged to give half of his money to his father for the bills. Also check out CNN’s page of related links. That page has an excellent and diverse list of articles and videos about black America.
Great job Soledad O’Brien!