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Soledad O' Brien Obtains Rights To 'Black In America' Series (DAMN!)

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act March 11, 2013 at 12:16AM

Just when I thought we would never have to see another one of those awful shows again. Now it looks like more are coming.
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Soledad O' Brien

Just when I thought we would never have to see another one of those awful shows again. Now it looks like more are coming.

Of course I'm referring to those, as I called them a few weeks ago,  "let's-explain-to-white-people-how really-weird-and-f____d-up-black-people-are" Black in America specials hosted by Soledad O' Brien.

Since she recently left (or was pushed out) by CNN from her daily morning show, O'Brien has announced that she will be producing specials and documentaries to the network on a non-exclusive basis

But in an interview with Business Week last week she revealed that she has obtained the rights to the Black in America franchise (as well as the one for Latino in America too just in case she wakes up feeling especially Hispanic that day)

As she said in the interview: "We struck an unusual deal, I’ll get to leave CNN with my catalog and documentaries. We were able to create a brand at CNN — Black in America — that I now own. I can take that brand and extend it in any way I want. You have Netflix and all these channels that are looking for interesting and different ways to tell stories. To have ownership of Black in America and Latino in America is hugely important".

She went on: "I absolutely pushed for that — it was critical to me. I’m so affiliated with this brand that there wasn't a real struggle. I don't just own it, but I can now take it across other platforms".

Wonderful. Can't wait. What's up next? Black in America: Hair Weaves - Indian Hair or Yaki?

As I said before the big problem I have with these specials is that, sure, you can do a two hour documentary on a particular person or an event. But there isn't one single two hour special, or even 20 of them, that can fully, or partially, describe the experiences of being Black in America or even just one aspect of it. And since there are about 40 million black people in this country, there are about 40 million different experiences. 

Yet O'Brien (who only seems to "come out" as a black person when she has one of those specials to hype) thinks that it can be all neatly wrapped up for easy consumption in a two hour special. "Ooooh Look! Some black people have a problem with being dark skinned" Really? Who doesn't know that? 

Oh yeah white people.

I can see them now::"Harry look at that. Why I never. Had no idea those people felt that way about themselves. I thought they all looked alike to me."



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