December 4th, 2012
06:37 PM ET

CNN Launches CNN Latino in the U.S.


CNN en Español, the Spanish-language news network pay TV leader for the past 15 years in Latin America and the United States, will launch CNN Latino, a new Spanish language programming block custom made for the U.S. Hispanic market, it was announced today by Cynthia Hudson-Fernández, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S. CNN Latino is a new brand extension that targets the growing and diverse U.S. Hispanic market, delivering a broad spectrum of programming that will cover news, lifestyle, documentary, talk and debate as an alternative to traditional Hispanic networks.

"The U.S. market is so diverse and so large that there is room for two distinctive content options," said Hudson. "There is a real demand for relevant, dynamic, quality programming and CNN Latino is a unique product designed specifically for the growing U.S. Hispanic audience, representing the dual reality of U.S. Latinos today who are multi-generational and proud to be bilingual. The launch of CNN Latino is the first step to bringing this syndicated programming block to local broadcast stations in key Hispanic media markets across the country.” FULL POST

December 4th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

Soledad O’Brien Explores Racial and Ethnic Identity in Provocative Black in America

Who is Black in America? Debuts Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8:00p.m. & 11:00p.m. ET & PT

“I don’t really feel Black,” says 17-year-old Nayo Jones.  Her mother is Black; she was raised apart from her by her White father, and she identifies herself as biracial.  “I was raised up with White people, White music, White food so it’s not something I know,” she says in a new documentary that explores the sensitive concepts of race, cultural identity, and skin tone.

For the fifth installment of her groundbreaking Black in America series, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports for Who is Black in America?  The documentary debuts Sunday, Dec. 09 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT and replays on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT.

Is Jones Black?  Is Blackness based upon skin color or other factors?  The 2010 U.S. Census found 15 percent of new marriages are interracial, a figure that is twice what was reported in 1980.  One in seven American newborns were of mixed race in 2010, representing an increase of two percent from the 2000 U.S. Census.  Within this context, O’Brien examines how much regarding race and identity are personal choices vs. reflections of an external social construct. FULL POST

December 4th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

Rep. Becerra on fiscal cliff negotiations: Elections have consequences

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that the Republican plan fails the test of fairness and there will be a deal once they let go of the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent.

Rep. Becerra says, “The Republican plan failed the very first test of fairness. It went after the middle class. It protects all millionaires and billionaires from the Bush tax cuts or keeping the Bush tax cuts…. It also, by the way, went after seniors. It tells them you shouldn’t get that $21 on average cost of living increase, for the cost of your food, your medicine. But we’ll go ahead and let the millionaires keep the $78,000 or so, they get in one year, in tax breaks.”

He continues, “Soledad, elections have consequences. And the president ran his campaign for two years saying he was going to let the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent expire. He was very clear about that. For Republicans, they do everything possible to shield the millionaires and billionaires from that tax increase, is the reason we're still stuck. The moment they let go of that, we have a deal.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.

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CNN Freedom Project’s ‘Operation Hope’ chronicles Bangladeshi boy’s remarkable journey from horror to hope
December 4th, 2012
08:47 AM ET

CNN Freedom Project’s ‘Operation Hope’ chronicles Bangladeshi boy’s remarkable journey from horror to hope

Hour-long film reveals boy’s recovery from a brutal attack when he refused to be coerced into begging – and how he was helped from a world away

A seven year old Bangladeshi boy was viciously attacked, castrated and left for dead, allegedly by a criminal gang in Dhaka after he refused to be forced into begging. The latest CNN Freedom Project documentary, ‘Operation Hope’ chronicles his remarkable journey to recovery against all the odds. FULL POST