In W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, he talks about the first time he realized his skin color made him different. CNN has turned that simple narrative into a powerful compilation of personal stories on race.
Featuring over 25 celebrities and artists like Doug E Fresh, Jason George, Montel Williams and CNN talent like Kamau Bell, Van Jones, Don Lemon, Sara Sidner and Stephanie Elam, the project showcases some of the most prominent voices and their stories about the moment they realized they were black – and how their skin color affected how people saw or treated them.
Explore the interactive featuring animated videos and opinion pieces online and across CNN’s television and social platforms.
Follow and join the conversation using the hashtag #realizediwasblack
CNN to Host Black, White and Blue: America 2016 – A Town Hall Event
Moderated by Don Lemon
The two-hour Town Hall will air Wednesday, July 13th at 10pmET
As America grapples with the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the five Dallas Police officers: Lorne Ahrens, MichaelKrol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa, CNN’s Don Lemon will lead a Town Hall discussion on the tension between police and minority groups. The audience will be made up of people that will share personal stories and solutions from both sides involved.
Black, White and Blue: America 2016 will air on Wednesday, July 13th at 10pmET on CNN and CNNgo.com.
“ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, with a two-hour primetime special airing Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET
Storytelling is at the core of what CNN does, and in a week-long series beginning Sunday, October 12th, thirteen of the network’s prominent hosts and anchors set out on a journey to find their ROOTS. A project one-year in the making, these journalists embark on an emotional journey across continents as they discover never-before-known details of their family histories.
ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME will kick-off on Sunday, October 12th at 9 pm ET with a special episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and will air across the network throughout the week, culminating in a two-hour special on Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET. The following is the broadcast schedule for ROOTS:
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET) This investigation into the puzzling history of the Bourdain’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, serves as a springboard to his first tour of this South American country. In Paraguay, Bourdain explores both jungle and desert land, a rich culture, and savory local dishes that include Bife Koygua, Bori Bori, and Sopa Paraguaya.
Michaela Pereira – (6am ET on New Day) Michaela Pereira’s adoption journey began when she was very young—just three-months-old in Canada. Although she “hit the jackpot” with her adoptive family, she also knows that much of what you see in front of you—the color of her skin, the curl of her hair—comes from her biological parents. After a brief search years ago led to closed doors, Michaela embarks on her roots journey again—this time not in pursuit of her birth parents, but for the place that her ancestors came from—in St. James Parish, Jamaica.
Anderson Cooper – (8pm ET on AC360) Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilts. But growing up, Anderson was always drawn to the southern roots of his father, Wyatt Cooper. Anderson travels to Mississippi where his father grew up and discovers ties between the poor farming family and the rich Vanderbilts that existed before his parents ever met. FULL POST
On CNN Tonight, alleged new audio of the Michael Brown shooting was played. FBI has questioned a man who claims to have recorded the shooting of Michael Brown on his cell phone.
On the day that Michael Brown will be laid to rest, CNN airs exclusive interview with the mother’s of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Sean Bell. The mothers speak to CNN’s Don Lemon about the loss of their son’s, how they are coping and words of support for Michael Brown’s mother. FULL POST
A Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday. The Ukrainian Interior Minister adviser posted on Facebook: Flight was "shot down" by "terrorists." There were 280 passengers killed as well as 15 crew members.
CNN journalists are covering the story from the following locations:
Phil Black – @PhilBlackCNN
Nic Robertson – @NicRobertsonCNN
Ivan Watson – @IvanCNN
Chris Cuomo – @ChrisCuomo
Erin McLaughlin – @ErinCNN
Saima Mohsin – @SaimaMohsin
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
Kyung Lah – @kyunglahCNN
Andrew Stevens – @AndrewCNN
Diana Magnay – @dimagnayCNN
Christiane Amanpour – @camanpour
Fareed Zakaria – @FareedZakaria
Jake Tapper – @jaketapper
Barbara Starr – @barbarastarcnn
Rene Marsh – @rene_marshCNN
Michelle Kosinski – @mkosinskicnn
Jim Sciutto – @jimscuitto
Elise Labott – @eliselabottcnn
Brian Todd – @briantoddCNN
Tom Foreman – @tomforemancnn
Jim Acosta – @JimAcostaCNN
Richard Roth – @RichardRothCNN
Dr. Sanjay Gupta – @drsanjaygupta
Laurie Segall – @LaurieSegallCNN
Alison Kosik – @AlisonKosik
Jason Carroll – @jasoncarrollcnn
Deb Feyerick – @DebFeyerickCNN
Five years after the death of Michael Jackson, CNN's Don Lemon spoke exclusively to Michael Jackson's former physician Conrad Murray. Murray spoke about his conviction, his relationship with Jackson and his children, his medical care of Jackson and more.
Chris Cuomo, Michaela Periera and Brooke Baldwin anchor CNN’s live simulcast coverage of the 5-Alarm building fire in New York City. CNN.com continues with live updates and video.
Reporting on scene:
Poppy Harlow @poppyharlowCNN
John Berman @johnberman
Don Lemon @donlemon
Ashleigh Banfield @CNNAshleigh
Maria Santana @MariaSantanaCNN (CNN en Espanol)Authorities respond to massive explosion in East Harlem