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CNN explores being Black in America, again

Almost exactly a year ago, CNN presented Black in America, a 4-hour, 2-night documentary that aimed to explore African-American life. The first part focused on the black woman & family; the second, the black man. Soledad O'Brien did the reporting.

Touted by the network as 'groundbreaking', the series attracted a lot of conversation, not all of it good. Some African-American viewers thought it was simply a litany of black pathology, aimed primarily at explaining issues to a white audience.

Still, Black in America attracted 16 million viewers, so tonight and tomorrow CNN presents Black in America 2. And, as if in response to those negative criticisms, the 4-hour, 2-night sequel is about solutions. Tonight's episode at 9 p.m. (after the president's press conference) is Today's Pioneers. On Thursday, at 8 p.m. there's Tomorrow's Leaders. (At 7 p.m. tonight there is a live countdown to the show.)

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