The issues of race and identity are explored in the fifth edition of Soledad O'Brien's reports on African-American life. "Who Is Black in America?" (8 tonight, CNN) looks at colorism, the act of judging someone based on their skin tone in a world where 15 percent of new marriages are interracial, and one in seven babies in America are mixed race, according to the 2010 Census.
You may have also noticed we have a mixed race president.
Or do we have a black president? That's the kind of trickiness O'Brien navigates in "Who Is Black in America?" She focuses on a Philadelphia-based spoken word group made up of teens and lead by Perry "Vision" DiVirgillio, who has a one black and one white parent and identifies as black. There is one teen in the group with a white father and a black mother; she grew up with her father and although she has the outward appearance of someone most would consider black, she identifies as white. Another young woman is from Egypt; despite the lighter skin and finer hair of a Northern African, she identifies as black.