Monday, August 25, 2008

A Different Kind of Black List

Ooooh, I just found out about this today: THE BLACK LIST: VOLUME ONE.

In a new kind of living portraiture, a remarkable group of African-American notables share candid stories and revealing insights into the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in the U.S. when THE BLACK LIST: VOLUME ONE debuts MONDAY, AUG. 25 (9p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

I'm totally setting my DVR since Lord knows, I may be passed out on the couch by 9 p.m. But I'm hoping it's better than that recent series on CNN which, or so I've heard, pretty much focused on everything that's wrong in Black America. I realize the media feeds on and thus propagates fear, but was it too much to ask for a nuanced picture? Now, I am not sure why THE BLACK LIST chose to interview only "notables" in this, its first volume -- seems to me they could intersperse celebrity segments with other folks -- but hopefully they will remedy that with subsequent volumes. I'm interested to hear what they have to say.

And no, it hasn't escaped me that they're airing this on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, when for the first time ever a person of African descent is being nominated by his party to represent said party as their candidate for President of these United States. By the way, Michelle Obama will be speaking at probably about the same time that THE BLACK LIST is airing. Hmmm. I wonder if she'll set her DVR?

Updated to add: Oh, yeah, and a few new posts up over here.


Mango Mama said...

Yeah MBB, I was flipping back & forth between the DNC and HBO watching the Black List. I did read a review of the the documentary in today's NYT and there will be additional Black List volumes and the producers want to focus on less notables and more ordinary folks. They also mentioned doing other series to focus on other cultures, i.e, Hispanics.

Lisa Blah Blah said...

I only saw part of it, but I liked what I saw. Thanks for the tip on the New York Times review - I'm heading on over there to check it out!

bridget in oregon said...

Didn't see this post until the Black LIst was over but I did see the Democratic Convention. OBAMA ROCKS!

Justice Jonesie said...

I heard the Black List was great. I haven't seen it yet but I'll be sure to check it out on Demand.

Lisa Blah Blah said...

bridget: what are you saying?? That you watched an event of historic significance instead of staying glued to the set for something that will no doubt be on again? :-) Yeah, the Convention surprised me this year. It wasn't the same old, same old. As for Obama, we let Viva stay up and watch his speech. She couldn't understand why her daddy kept tearing up while watching it. It is a pretty incredible moment for the country.

JJ:I recorded it and watched the whole thing later, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it - they did have some of the usual celebrities you might expect, but they also featured some people I did not know and who I will now seek out.

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