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2elijah

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Updated:CNN & Essence: Reclaiming the Dream, airing Saturday, July 19th and 20th, 8pm Eastern Time

Update: Repeats Saturday at 12:00am,(Sunday morning) EST , will also air again tomorrow night, Sunday, July 20th @ 8 pm, EST.




Premieres Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. ET
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CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien moderates an all-star panel to discuss the most pressing concerns and success stories in Black America today.

Filmed at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans over the 2008 July Fourth Weekend, Reclaiming the Dream brought together Harvard University professor Roland Fryer, Black Enterprise's Ed Gordon, actor/author Hill Harper, Bishop T.D. Jakes, economist and Bennett College President Julianne Malveaux, Princeton University professor Cornell West, actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson, Excellence Charter School Principal Jabali Sawicki for a lively, solutions-oriented forum to discuss the state of black families, broken educational infrastructure, the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on black families, and a look at the next generation of leadership in Black America.
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Reply #1 posted 07/19/08 4:53pm

Honey

Thanks, 2elijah.

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Reply #2 posted 07/19/08 5:01pm

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Honey said:

Thanks, 2elijah.

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You're welcome! It will be some panelists discussing it with Soledad O'Brien as thee host.
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Reply #3 posted 07/19/08 6:53pm

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Oh shit! Dr. Cornell West is on the panel! I will mostly definitely be watching! Thanks for the heads up! nod
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Reply #4 posted 07/19/08 6:55pm

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

Oh shit! Dr. Cornell West is on the panel! I will mostly definitely be watching! Thanks for the heads up! nod



It will air again tomorrow night if you miss it.

The airing in NY is already over. I don't know what time it is actually airing where you live. Right now, there's a special on the assasination of MLK that I am watching on CNN, hosted by Soledad O'Brien.
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Reply #5 posted 07/19/08 7:38pm

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2elijah said:

HatrinaHaterwitz said:

Oh shit! Dr. Cornell West is on the panel! I will mostly definitely be watching! Thanks for the heads up! nod



It will air again tomorrow night if you miss it.

The airing in NY is already over. I don't know what time it is actually airing where you live. Right now, there's a special on the assasination of MLK that I am watching on CNN, hosted by Soledad O'Brien.
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I hope that they show it again tonight while I am at work. If not, thanks for the heads up about tomorrow nights re-airing.
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.” Brazilian bishop Dom Hélder Câmara
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Reply #6 posted 07/19/08 7:40pm

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JellyBean said:

2elijah said:




It will air again tomorrow night if you miss it.

The airing in NY is already over. I don't know what time it is actually airing where you live. Right now, there's a special on the assasination of MLK that I am watching on CNN, hosted by Soledad O'Brien.
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I hope that they show it again tonight while I am at work. If not, thanks for the heads up about tomorrow nights re-airing.



I just checked. It repeats again at 12:00am this morning, Eastern time. You may be able to catch it.It was an interesting discussion;covered a lot of issues within our community.
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Reply #7 posted 07/19/08 7:45pm

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2elijah said:

JellyBean said:



I hope that they show it again tonight while I am at work. If not, thanks for the heads up about tomorrow nights re-airing.



I just checked. It repeats again at 12:00am this morning, Eastern time. You may be able to catch it.It was an interesting discussion;covered a lot of issues within our community.


Sweet!! Thanks, 2elijah. I will be watching while I am at work.
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.” Brazilian bishop Dom Hélder Câmara
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Reply #8 posted 07/19/08 7:48pm

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JellyBean said:

2elijah said:




I just checked. It repeats again at 12:00am this morning, Eastern time. You may be able to catch it.It was an interesting discussion;covered a lot of issues within our community.


Sweet!! Thanks, 2elijah. I will be watching while I am at work.


No problem!
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Reply #9 posted 07/19/08 7:56pm

Honey

Interesting...

I noticed that Professor West name-dropped rapper Lil Wayne as being very intelligent. Like he's someone we should get to know? Through his music? Or is there something else too?
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Reply #10 posted 07/19/08 9:57pm

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Honey said:

Interesting...

I noticed that Professor West name-dropped rapper Lil Wayne as being very intelligent. Like he's someone we should get to know? Through his music? Or is there something else too?


I believe Prof. West was asking how do you get someone like Lil Wayne, who is an entrepreneur and made a couple of mil from his cds, into having a discussion like what the panel was having, For in the general public's eye, even though Lil Wayne is a millionaire, he is seen more as thuglike than a millionaire, and doesn't get the respect from many within the general public as an entrepreneur, because of his image. At least that is what I got from Prof. West's comment.I could be wrong, but I'm sure someone else will correct me on that if I am.
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Reply #11 posted 07/20/08 5:52am

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I see. nod

Now, I'm curious as to who Lil Wayne is...what the message in his music is about while being so successful. I mean, getting props from Cornell West; I'm wondering if Lil Wayne is saying in his music what Hill Harper suggested (and more) that Black men should be saying "man to man".

I'd probably learn something too, as I think it's eaiser to getting a better understanding of men is from them. And, as a rapper, Lil Wayne is willing to talk it out! lol
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Reply #12 posted 07/20/08 7:31am

JellyBean

Thanks again, 2elijah.

Wow. I watched the recap at 12am last night. Talk about some great ideas. I like the brother that was talking about paying kids to get good grades and to finish school. Hey, if it works, go for it.

Also the HIV/AIDS issue, was something that caught my attention. I gotta talk to my daughter and son about how serious this issue is to our community and to all of us as well. TD Jakes really hit the nail on the head, when he said something to the effect that "this problem is affecting us all because we are sleeping across color lines, gender lines, and religious lines", so we gotta educate people.

The person I always love to hear talk is Dr. West. Man, this brother is smart as a whip!!

Overall it was a really great show. I can't wait until Wednesday and Thursday to see Black in America, now that show be really good.
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.” Brazilian bishop Dom Hélder Câmara
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Reply #13 posted 07/20/08 7:36am

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Honey said:

I see. nod

Now, I'm curious as to who Lil Wayne is...what the message in his music is about while being so successful. I mean, getting props from Cornell West; I'm wondering if Lil Wayne is saying in his music what Hill Harper suggested (and more) that Black men should be saying "man to man".

I'd probably learn something too, as I think it's eaiser to getting a better understanding of men is from them. And, as a rapper, Lil Wayne is willing to talk it out! lol


He's a rapper, not someone I would consider a "role model" for other black males, Prof West was referring to how Lil Wayne made his money not Lil Wayne as a role model.
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Reply #14 posted 07/20/08 7:57am

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JellyBean said:

Thanks again, 2elijah.

Wow. I watched the recap at 12am last night. Talk about some great ideas. I like the brother that was talking about paying kids to get good grades and to finish school. Hey, if it works, go for it.

Also the HIV/AIDS issue, was something that caught my attention. I gotta talk to my daughter and son about how serious this issue is to our community and to all of us as well. TD Jakes really hit the nail on the head, when he said something to the effect that "this problem is affecting us all because we are sleeping across color lines, gender lines, and religious lines", so we gotta educate people.

The person I always love to hear talk is Dr. West. Man, this brother is smart as a whip!!

Overall it was a really great show. I can't wait until Wednesday and Thursday to see Black in America, now that show be really good.



I agree with you on the HIV/Aids issues. This is a very serious matter that many people do not like discussing with their kids. It's true what TD Jakes said. There's a lot of misinformation about HIV/Aid. Many people don't realize that it affects the entire human population, not just one group, and I think that's why some people feel, that if the statistics show the rate of HIV/Aids is higher in one group and not theirs, that they have nothing to worry about, but like TD Jakes is right, people are laying down together across all gender/race/religious groups, so HIV/Aids affects everyone. Everyone should be educating themselves about it, protecting themselves, practicing safe sex, whether you are gay or straight, married or single. They stated that a few years ago in Uganda the rate of Hiv/Aids was high and they started a major educational campaign to inform the citizens there about Hiv/Aids, and now the rates are much lower than it was years ago. They also stated that in many parts of Africa, they have better educational campaigns than they do in the United States. That was surprising, especially the U.S. supposed being so well-informed about these type of issues, but apparently those on the panel say we are not educating citizens at the rates we should.

I thought the program was great. It was good that there was an open dialogue for members of our community to discuss issues openly concerning what we as a whole community, need to pay attention, i.e., like a push for better education, lowering the drop-out rates, and discussing what several members of our communities are doing to try and keep our kids in school;how important it is for members of our community as a whole, whether you are a preacher in the church, members of our communities, actor, journalist, educators, etc., to come together and get involve and uplifting our people within our community by getting involved. Also, the importance of discussing protection against Hiv/Aids with our kids, and among ourselves as adults, and taking responsibility for our own actions, etc. I have to comend Essence and CNN for giving members of our communities a platform to do this. It's about time. I have to say also, that Sheryl Lee Ralph, was amazing.

I too, am so eager to see "Black in America" on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Reply #15 posted 07/20/08 7:58am

Honey

2elijah said:

Honey said:

I see. nod

Now, I'm curious as to who Lil Wayne is...what the message in his music is about while being so successful. I mean, getting props from Cornell West; I'm wondering if Lil Wayne is saying in his music what Hill Harper suggested (and more) that Black men should be saying "man to man".

I'd probably learn something too, as I think it's eaiser to getting a better understanding of men is from them. And, as a rapper, Lil Wayne is willing to talk it out! lol


He's a rapper, not someone I would consider a "role model" for other black males, Prof West was referring to how Lil Wayne made his money not Lil Wayne as a role model.



Yeah, see, I wouldn't get the first impression that he isn't a good role model because he is a rapper. But I know nothing of Lil Wayne's career in music/lifestyle, so, I'll take your word on that.

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Honey said:

2elijah said:



He's a rapper, not someone I would consider a "role model" for other black males, Prof West was referring to how Lil Wayne made his money not Lil Wayne as a role model.



Yeah, see, I wouldn't get the first impression that he isn't a good role model because he is a rapper. But I know nothing of Lil Wayne's career in music/lifestyle, so, I'll take your word on that.

Thanks. smile


Well the entire program focused on our concerns regarding education, the drop-out rate, programs designed to encourage kids to stay in school, discussion on the hiv/aids, etc. the black community as a whole getting more involved with uplifting those within it, which I think we really should be focusing and discussing more of that. There will be a program on CNN this Wed, Thurs 7/23 and 7/24, called "Black in America, starting at 9pm on both nights, you may be interested in watching.
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Reply #17 posted 07/20/08 8:15am

Honey

2elijah said:

Honey said:




Yeah, see, I wouldn't get the first impression that he isn't a good role model because he is a rapper. But I know nothing of Lil Wayne's career in music/lifestyle, so, I'll take your word on that.

Thanks. smile


Well the entire program focused on our concerns regarding education, the drop-out rate, programs designed to encourage kids to stay in school, discussion on the hiv/aids, etc. the black community as a whole getting more involved with uplifting those within it, which I think we really should be focusing and discussing more of that. There will be a program on CNN this Wed, Thurs 7/23 and 7/24, called "Black in America, starting at 9pm on both nights, you may be interested in watching.
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I thought perhaps he was doing all that in his music for his listeners. My bad.
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Reply #18 posted 07/20/08 11:42pm

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Correct thread now.

Sheryl has always had a special place in my heart from way back in her tv days. She's just amazing to me.

But I really enjoyed this. The variety of ideas, Roland Fryer and the Principal, Jabali Sawicki, are some true innovators, I am very interested on how their projects work. The statistics are just too devastating not to get as many ideas out there as possible. I am so happy to hear TD Jakes talk about having courses for pastors on reaching their congregations about HIV. Hill Harper's books "Letters..." have been on my list for a while now but I definitely will be getting them within the next month. This has really wet my appetite for what's coming on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is so much to do.


Just my twocents I think Dr. West was countering what, Julianne Malveaux, was saying about hiphop culture in general.
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morningsong said:

Correct thread now.

Sheryl has always had a special place in my heart from way back in her tv days. She's just amazing to me.

But I really enjoyed this. The variety of ideas, Roland Fryer and the Principal, Jabali Sawicki, are some true innovators, I am very interested on how their projects work. The statistics are just too devastating not to get as many ideas out there as possible. I am so happy to hear TD Jakes talk about having courses for pastors on reaching their congregations about HIV. Hill Harper's books "Letters..." have been on my list for a while now but I definitely will be getting them within the next month. This has really wet my appetite for what's coming on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is so much to do.


Just my twocents I think Dr. West was countering what, Julianne Malveaux, was saying about hiphop culture in general.


I agree about Sheryl and Hill Harper. Hill is amazing in his quest to work with our community as a whole. I will also seek the two books he has written and I found this program to be very enlightening and a step towards progress.. All it takes is one person to get the ball rolling and make changes towards progress. I look forward to the programs as well on Wed/Thurs of this week.
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Reply #20 posted 07/24/08 4:05pm

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confuse So the continuation of this is being discussed elsewhere?
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Reply #21 posted 07/24/08 5:21pm

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morningsong said:

confuse So the continuation of this is being discussed elsewhere?


That program "Reclaiming the Dream" was aired over the past weekend, sort of preparing for what was aired last night on CNN's "Black in America" and the second part tonight focusing on Black Men in America.. I saw the program and have my reservations regarding the first story Soledad aired about the Rand Family searching their roots and finding the white slave owner that produced children from a white woman and a black woman he had 6 children with. The only purpose for keeping the black female was to produce children as property. Because the children born from a slave owner, was inherited by the white children back in those days, but they played it off like the Sally Hemmings story. That is just my own personal opinion, not speaking for anyone else. Anyway, last night's program "Black in America" focused on the Black Woman in America from relationships to working mothers who were single parents, Hiv/aids affecting members of our community (and just to make it clear, Hiv/Aids affects all comunities whether you are black, white, hispanic, asian or other, and gay or straight) to successful Black Women and families. It was nice to see the Rand Family and how close knit they were as a family, trying to keep the family history alive and family together period, and interesting to see the various economic levels the family was on. Their family reflect many Black families in America.

I am glad these issues are being discussed, but I would like to see them go more in depth in programs like these discussing the history of Black Africans, It seems that nowhere in the media is this subject ever touched unless it's on a PBS station. I'd like to see discussions on the African Kings/Queens/Princes/Princesses of African tribes that existed before the transatlantic slavery trade, before the intervention by Europeans. I'd like to hear them talk about the many languages and education and empires that existed. This is a subject I have yet to see brought to the table. Ancestors of descendants of Africans and African-Americans had a history long before the slave trade. Just my personal two cents. I look forward to seeing part two of "Black in America" airing on CNN tonight.
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nod I was referring to the whole series of Black in America. I'll refer my comments to Gray's thread. Reclaiming the Dream to me was more in depth, a round table feel which I enjoyed more.
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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

Oh shit! Dr. Cornell West is on the panel! I will mostly definitely be watching! Thanks for the heads up! nod


LOL! That's what I thought. I saw his name and thought "I'm sold"!
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