CNN presented a Special Report called "Black In America" hosted by Soledad O'Brien. Here is some of the second part of the series in case you missed it. The Black in America series scored high ratings for the network. Some critics praised the program while others believed the series didn't reveal anything that anyone who is African-American doesn't already know and fell short.
Black in America Part 1
A viewer is likely to come away with memories not of statistics but of images -- the real-life anecdotes and vignettes that supplement numbers with faces and experiences. In Part 1, airing tonight, among the most poignant stories is that of a 60-year-old woman, whom we first meet apologizing for her tears as she languishes in a Harlem hospital bed, correspondent Soledad O'Brien at her side. Later, after the woman is released from the hospital and back in the poor neighborhood she calls home, we follow her as she embarks on a visit to the supermarket -- the nearest one being 20 blocks away at 110th and Broadway. For the woman, O'Brien says, that means an hour's trip via public transportation just to buy a tomato. It's no way to live, but she's living it. Clearly the result of exhaustive research and reportage, "The Black Woman & Family" (airing tonight) and "The Black Man" (tomorrow night) are rife with evidence that for many African Americans, the American dream is still far beyond arm's reach. For some, it's more daydream than dream, so distant is its promise and realization. But the report is not a lament. Forward steps are acknowledged and documented. Signs of progress are duly noted. Instances of racial conflict and surviving stereotypes are countered with stories of harmony and stereotypes smashed. source
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