Friday, July 25, 2008

Those of you that just could not resist watching the third and final installment of the Black In America series, The Black Man, please feel free to share your observations, feelings, and opinions here. Professor Tracey went out for dinner and a movie, letting my DVD-R do the hard work. Please do not hold your breath waiting for me to watch and review. I have had my fill of CNN and Ms. Soledad O'Brien. CNN is officially on my do not watch list for a long while.


Citizen Ojo July 25, 2008 at 7:28 AM  

Prof Tracey

You are right about one thing. This series made black women look really bad. I kept asking myself where does she keep finding these women with multiple kids? I believe black women are going to have to produce, and finance their own "Black In America" if they want to see it done correctly. The worst part out of this whole thing that no one is talking about: How BET and TVOne are only interested in being entertainment channels and that they refuse to make a series like this. Why does mainstream media have to tell our story? Do we think they can do a better job? By the reaction from black female bloggers and black radio - probably not.

Tami July 25, 2008 at 10:45 AM  

I'm with ya, sister. I DVR'd Black in America last night, but I'm in no hurry to watch it.

Anonymous,  July 25, 2008 at 12:37 PM  

The only thing I can say was that last night's episode was connected, engaging, in-depth, and "well-rounded". BURNED ME UP! Why couldn't Ms. O'Brien have Wednesday's episode so well done? As a friend of mine said, the Black Man's piece was easy. Easy in the sense of there's data, reports, studies, everything there is too know about the plight of black men. For Black Women, Soledad would've had to REALLY do research, since there is not so much on us.

I was bothered by a couple of things:
- More women experts in Thursday's episode...where were they on Wednesday?
- The middle class family in an all-white community with two sons with white women, and the convict son they are "ashamed and embarrassed of"
- The black music exec who basically "sold out" to promote a HORRIBLE white band than two talented brothas

I REALLY was not going to watch last night, and I did stop after the first hour, but I was beyond disappointed in how the Black Women's episode was done, in comparison to the Men.

Also, I was talking to another friend of mine who is Tongan. She watched the episode on Wednesday. I asked her, "If you had no context of black women, no interaction, no background, no friends, nothing. After watching the show, do you think you would you have any thoughts toward what it meand to be a black woman in america?" She thought about it and was like "No". She came into the show during the education part, and for the first 30 minutes of viewing, she was confused. She THOUGHT the show was about black women, yet there was no mention. She also said that it was very unbalanced, because she knows many black women who are successful, childless, and are or not married, Unfortuantely, that was not the view that was portrayed to society.

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