Race Matters TV

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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Lisa Ling: All Night Long

Lisa Ling (no, not Lucy Liu!), who showed the world that a 20-something could be intelligent and beautiful with her stint on The View, is taking her reporting to ABC’s Nightline.

The 34-year-old TV personality, who left her cushy job at The View in 2002 to host the gritty, gravitas-building National Geographic Ultimate Explorer (and eventually becoming a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show), will appear in her first segment for the late-night hard news program on Thursday, according to the New York Times.

“I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time,” James Goldston, executive producer of Nightline, said in a statement. “She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility.”

PHOTO: The Oprah Winfrey Show

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Movies TV

Our Favorite ’80s Teen Queen (Next to Lisa Bonet) is Back!

When she turned toward the camera and delivered the line, “They f–king forgot my birthday,” in 1984’s Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald had our heart. Yes, we obsessed over Lisa Bonet’s style and sass on The Cosby Show, but it was Ringwald who was the every-girl you cheered for.

Now 40, the freckled face of ’80s teen angst is starring as a mom in ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Yes, it’s a far cry from her days as the It Girl of eclectic, vintage fashion.

“I never thought of myself as a style icon,” Ringwald told the Los Angeles Times. “I wore all that vintage because my parents kept me on an allowance, and so I shopped on Melrose. My style was based on necessity.”

As for Sixteen Candles? “I think that Sixteen Candles lends itself to [another film],” she says of a possible sequel. “It was such a Cinderella story. And I was interested to see what happened to this girl.”

We’re crossing our fingers!!!

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