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Variety Calls CNN’s Black in America “Vanilla as Documentaries Get”

CNN's documentary series, "Black in America," earned negative reviews from Variety, which calls anchor Soledad O'Brien's reporting "at best skin-deep...This project is ultimately about as vanilla as documentaries get." With its three parts ("The Black Woman & Family," "King Assassination" and "The Black Man"), the series, according to Variety, "seems like a Nickelodeon special for kids who have never met a black person--aimed at an audience completely naive about the African-American experience." What do you think?
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Preview: CNN’s ‘Black In America’ Series

CNN's Soledad O'Brien, anchor for the network's upcoming documentary series, "Black In America," reveals tidbits about the special on African-American culture. “We started doing this about 18 months ago, before Sen. Obama’s candidacy really gained traction,” O’Brien told the Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama only appearing in about 30 seconds of the documentary, which premieres on July 23. But it was when O’Brien explained that comedian D.L. Hughley had to advise his young son on how to act if confronted by law enforcement, that we found upsetting, yet telling: "It’s a conversation every black father has to have with his 11-year-old son, no matter where they come from."
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Variety Calls CNN’s Black in America “Vanilla as Documentaries Get”

CNN's documentary series, "Black in America," earned negative reviews from Variety, which calls anchor Soledad O'Brien's reporting "at best skin-deep...This project is ultimately about as vanilla as documentaries get." With its three parts ("The Black Woman & Family," "King Assassination" and "The Black Man"), the series, according to Variety, "seems like a Nickelodeon special for kids who have never met a black person--aimed at an audience completely naive about the African-American experience." What do you think?
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Preview: CNN’s ‘Black In America’ Series

CNN's Soledad O'Brien, anchor for the network's upcoming documentary series, "Black In America," reveals tidbits about the special on African-American culture. “We started doing this about 18 months ago, before Sen. Obama’s candidacy really gained traction,” O’Brien told the Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama only appearing in about 30 seconds of the documentary, which premieres on July 23. But it was when O’Brien explained that comedian D.L. Hughley had to advise his young son on how to act if confronted by law enforcement, that we found upsetting, yet telling: "It’s a conversation every black father has to have with his 11-year-old son, no matter where they come from."
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