Watch: CNN Tackles Almighty Debt on ‘Black in America’

Host Soledad O�Brien talks to Black Enterprise editors about our community�s struggles with debt management

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O'Brien asks if debt is as serious a problem as racism

This Thursday at 9pm, CNN airs a new installment of its popular documentary Black in America. In this episode, host Soledad O’Brien takes a look at “almighty debt,” its effect on the black community and the role of the black church in helping us live debt free. In addition to interviewing Pastor DeForest Soaries of First Baptist Church in New Jersey–who makes living debt-free an integral part of his message to his congregation–O’Brien attended Black Enterprise’s Golf & Tennis Challenge to talk with our editors about the ways debt management (or lack thereof) affects our lives.

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  • cmtthomas@live.com

    I don’t see why CNN can’t find an African American to host this
    segment. I think
    Soledad is a fine reporter and can 1/2 way understand the black experience
    growing up in a mixed family, However, I do believe Black People have a
    unique experience that can better tell & undderstand the depths of being black
    in America.

    • Alfred Edmond Jr.

      You do know that Soledad O’Brien IS an African American, don’t you? While she also acknowledges her Irish and Latina heritage, she has always been front and center in identifying as a black woman, including being among those featured on the cover of the December 2005 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.

      It’s the 21st Century. The authentic “Black Experience” is deeper and more diverse than you give it credit for. In fact, it always has been. Both as a reporter and as a black person, Soledad is just as qualified to share and comprehend that experience as anyone. I don’t like or agree with every element of the CNN’s Black in America series, but I give Soledad mad props for her commitment, performance and talent on this effort.

      • Leo

        Soldead O’Brien is NOT an African-American.  She is a Cuban-American/Australian.  If she is of naturalized citizen to the US, that would make her a Black American.  NOT African-American.  

        Her culture is specific to her Afro-Cuban ancestry, and our culture is specific to our African-American ancestry.  While there may be some similarities, they are NOT the same.  

        A German and an Italian would never be considered the same, though both are European.  The same respect applies for the “colonial” African diaspora in the Americas.  

    • http://AQJdesigns.com KiKi Fashionista

      I think that is true, especially since she does not consider herself part of the African American culture.

  • cmtthomas@live.com

    I don’t see why CNN can’t find an African American to host this
    segment. I think Soledad is a fine reporter and can 1/2 way understand the black experience growing up in a mixed family, However, I do believe Black People have a
    unique experience that can better tell & undderstand the depths of being black
    in America

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  • Lennox Borel

    The pastor who says that debt is a bigger problem than racism is wrong. He says that racism does not stop one from saving money. Racism prevents one from earning money. How can you save money if you are unable to earn it in the first place?

    • http://AQJdesigns.com KiKi Fashionista

      It is not what you earn but how you save. People know that the more you get the more you want. We as a people are use to making less more. Stop the pay day loans, stop living beyond ones means, stop having to go out and buy the next new thing and the next new toy and the next new style. Saving will last, electronics gets literally played out! There’s always something new that is the next new thing. Stop playing the lottery and crying broke. I am speaking on the things I see around me, not stereotypes. I have been talking to my boyfriend for a year about saving in a safe deposit box $5 at a time. He works in a industry were he gets paid everyday, but he cant ever save anything. He signed up for all kinds of garbage and has messed up so bad he cant even get a bank account. Yet he eats out every day, he is a consulate shopaholic, so he never has anything to show for his work. another reason hes my boyfriend not my hubby! I own a business, and a home, and am working on my retirement savings. It can be done on a meager income! It can be done!