There's a local component to CNN's two-part "Black in America," which premieres tonight at 9.
In April, as part of CNN's "Black in America" college tour to promote and gather material for the special, about a dozen people involved with the production visited North Carolina Central University in Durham.
"They were trying to find i-reporters for each one of the HBCU schools," says visiting lecturer Dr. Brett Chambers. "They wanted us to encourage our students to send in i-reports. They would pick one student from each HBCU school to be that school's i-reporter."
The winner from NCCU was Erica Horne, then a senior in the school's video production class. You can view her report here.
Another treat for the students was a visit from CNN anchor T.J. Holmes in Chambers' Mass Media and Society class.
"He's young, the students can relate to him — he's got some female fans," Chambers says. "He was really cool with the students. The students listened to what he had to say. He and I were kidding around. I said, 'You know, I can say the same thing you say, and they'll ignore me.'"
CNN's "Black in America" airs Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m.