CNN – That’s a C (and I’m being nice)

I labored through watched CNN's Black in America 2 this evening. That's two hours I'll never get back ya'll. Okay, before I get to bashing; let me say this… I could see where they put in some effort to steer away from the stereo types. I was pleased that they had a lovely section for the Black 'n Bougie (Jack and Jill, private schools and debutante balls, WOO-HOO, represent!). They also had a section that was a complete confirmation of my post in education. (Go Steve Perry!)

Beyond that, there was still a half hour that belonged on a show called Black in South Africa. Malaak Rock (Chris' wife) had a program for kids in New York City highlighted by a trip to South Africa supporting community service. The lesson, I suppose, was that there were people in the world less fortunate then them. When they returned home, they did nothing to bolster them educationally besides some college campus tours.

The boys who had failing grades when she started the project, still had failing grades at the end of the project. The kid who had an imprisoned father (stereotype), wanted to be a baller (stereotype) and thought his fallback would be the law, had a D+ grade point average. The other kid, whose speech was almost unintelligible but was brilliant on the b-ball court and on the drums (stereotype), could not string two sentences together but had a blackberry. Who was he texting? No one from the project offered tutoring or male role model mentorship.

We still had the token basketball court shots, the black folks dancing shot, we had a crack mom, an alcoholic dad, homelessness and projects (stereotypes!). There was a segment on John Rice's Management Leadership seminar that seemed out of place and unedited with a completely unnecessary John Legend appearance at the end. Overall it was a disjointed effort lacking in segue and form.

I watched while chatting with a group of fellow netizens, mostly from AverageBro and The Black Snob blogs. It was a lively exchange, some positive and some negative comments until my bouge came on. The hateration came out of the woodwork. Comments like, "They are just elitist." "Those aren't regular black folks" "Siddity" and "Wow, it must be SO hard being rich and black" flew back and forth. And those were the nice comments.

I sighed since apparently more folks need to visit the Bouge and let go of the haterade. Lots of work to do promoting the "one love" bougie doctrine. Tomorrow night is Tyler Perry night – can't do it. What I will do is work on more of the Bougie Manifesto so we upwardly mobile types can get some love. Did anyone else watch? What did you think?