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Black America

Ethnicity SeriesCarol Jenkins
Producer: CUNY-TV
Rights: Unlimited, 1/1/17 to 12/31/18
39 x 30
High Definition

Free Series

Black America is an in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be Black in America. The show profiles Black activists, academics, business leaders, sports figures, elected officials, artists and writers to gauge this experience in a time of both turbulence and breakthroughs.

Emmy® Award-winning TV anchor and journalist Carol Jenkins returns to New York television as host of a new CUNY TV series designed to “put every idea on the table” about what it means to be Black in America in 2016. Ms. Jenkins has a long broadcast history with Black public affairs shows, beginning as pioneering co-host of WNBC-TV’s Positively Black, one of the earliest New York City programs dedicated to the Black experience.

Guests confirmed for upcoming weeks are spoken-word poet, performing artist, and LGBT rights activist Staceyann Chin; actor Courtney B. Vance, portraying defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in the upcoming FX miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story; Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; actress Tonya Pinkins; and a special two-guest show with Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins.

Some of the episode titles Black America include are Motherhood, Eliminating inequality in America, Documenting our existence in photography, Women and sports with Wendy Hilliard, plus many more.

Episode Descriptions:

Episode #101    Eliminating Inequality in America with Darren Walker
Episode Description: On this episode of Black America, we will discuss eliminating inequality in America with Ford Foundation President, Darren Walker. Join us and find out why Darren Walker has become the person to watch in solving America’s problems. (TRT: 00:26:52)

Episode #102    Motherhood with Staceyann Chin
Episode Description: Spoken-word poet and activist Staceyann Chin sits down with host, Carol Jenkins and talks about her life of activism, art and motherhood. (TRT: 00:26:32)

Episode #103   Hollywood in Black America with Courtney B. Vance
Episode Description: Carol Jenkins talks with actor Courtney B. Vance about his career, his influences and his work as an actor in projects such as ‘Scandal’ and ‘The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story’. (TRT: 00:28:01)

Episode #104    Racism with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Episode Description: This week on Black America, we explore the topic of racism with guest, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. (TRT: 00:28:00)

Episode #105    The Power of the Documentary with June Cross
Episode Description: Carol Jenkins sits down with multiple Emmy and duPont award recipient, documentary filmmaker June Cross and discusses her film ‘Wilhemina’s War’. (TRT: 00:26:44)

Episode #106    Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. & Honorable David N. Dinkins
Episode Description: Carol Jenkins is joined by two legends, NYC’s 106th Mayor, David N. Dinkins and Tuskegee Airman, Roscoe C. Brown Jr. to discuss the future in black America. (TRT: 00:27:08)

Episode #107    Education in Black America with Jahana Hayes
Episode Description: Carol Jenkins sits down with Connecticut’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes. Find out what message Jahana felt the school system sent to her that affected her life, the message she felt was missed when a 1st grade teacher berated a student in a viral video, and the message she leaves with her students each day.  (TRT: 00:28:01)

Episode #108   Church Ladies with Dr. Martia Goodson
Episode Description: Author, Dr. Martia Goodson joins Carol Jenkins to discuss her latest book, “Church Ladies: Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era”. (TRT: 00:28:00)

Episode #109   Black Women, Beauty and Power with Vanessa De Luca
Episode Description: Carol Jenkins sits down with Vanessa De Luca, editor in chief of Essence Magazine and discusses the April issue featuring Audra McDonald, The essence Beauty Box and the launch of ‘Essence Live’. (TRT: 00:28:01)

Episode #110    Social Media with Marcus Mabry
Episode Description: Esteemed journalist and Managing Editor of TwitterMoments, Marcus Mabry joins Carol Jenkins to shed some light on this powerful force known to us as social media. (TRT: 00:28:00)

Episode #111   #BLACKPERSPECTIVESMATTER with Tonya Pinkins
Episode Description: Actress, Tonya Pinkins joins Carol Jenkins to discuss “colorism” and the perspective of a black woman. Tonya Pinkins also discusses her influences throughout her career and her work in Gotham on Fox and 11.22.63 on Hulu. (TRT: 00:28:01)

Episode #112   Documenting our Existence in Photography with Deborah Willis
Episode Description: Carol Jenkins discusses the extreme importance of documenting African American history in photography with Dr. Deborah Willis, author of over 30 books on photography, producer of the documentary ‘Through A Lens Darkly’ and chair of New York University’s Department of Photography and Imaging. (TRT: 00:28:01)

Episode #113   Economic and Racial Equality for Women and Girls with Dara Richardson-Heron
Episode Description: Carol Jenkins sits down with Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of the YWCA USA to discuss racial and gender equality and the mission of the YWCA to combat economic instability and violence against women and girls. (TRT: 00:28:01)

Episode #114  The Black Youth Movement with Charlene Carruthers
Carol Jenkins is joined by Charlene Carruthers, Director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project) to discuss the Black youth movement: their successes and plans. BYP100 is an activist group within the ages of 18-35 that work for justice and freedom for all Black people. (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #115 Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer, American Ballet
In this episode, the Black America team went outside of CUNY TV Studios into The American Ballet Theatre to sit down with Principal Dancer, Misty Copeland to discuss little brown girls in black America. Misty discusses her recent conversation with President Obama on body image and how her perseverance in dance led her to the journey in making history by becoming ABT’s first female principal dancer on June 30, 2015. In her conversation with Carol Jenkins, Misty discusses her endorsements with Seiko, Under Armour and her involvement in creating her Barbie doll that releases this May. (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #116 Black America and the Political Process with Bob Herbert
Carol Jenkins sits down with Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and host of Bob Herbert’s OP-ED.TV on CUNY TV and discusses the current election, his thoughts on the Obama election and administration, the draw of African American Women toward Hillary Clinton and his work as an author and columnist. (TRT: 27:18)

Episode #117  A Conversation with Salamishah Tillet
Salamishah Tillet, Professor at University of Pennsylvania and Co-Founder of “A Long Walk Home” sits down with Carol Jenkins to discuss the topic, saving Black girls from violence and nurturing their success. In 2003, A Long Walk Home was founded by sisters, Dr. Salamishah Tillet and Scheherazade Tillet to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women by using art. This journey was inspired after Scheherazade discovered her sister, Salamishah was a rape survivor and wanted to help her sister heal from the violence she experienced. In this episode of Black America, Dr. Salamishah Tillet discusses sexual violence, why we have to “Say Her Name”, her thoughts on Beyonce’s latest project, “Lemonade” and her latest work on artist, Nina Simone. Taped (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #118  Women and Sports with Wendy Hilliard
Carol Jenkins is joined by Wendy Hilliard, the first Black woman to represent the U.S on the Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team, Hall of Fame rhythmic gymnast and Founder of the Wendy Hilliard Foundation to talk about women and sports. The Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation has trained over 15,000 inner-city youth; including top elite athletes and international gymnastics performers. In this discussion, Carol Jenkins and Wendy Hilliard discuss body image, the top 5 women in sports, equality and take a look at floor routines by Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas who are heading to the Olympics in Rio. (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #119 Is the News Media Doing a Good Job? With Pamela Newkirk
We sit down with Dr. Pamela Newkirk, Director of the Undergraduate Journalism Studies Program at NYU and talk about the state of journalism in regard to the black experience. We also discuss her books “Beyond the Veil’ and ‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga”. (TRT: 27:46)

Episode #120  Image, Beauty and Power with Michaela Angela Davis
In this episode of Black America, Carol Jenkins is joined by Michaela Angela Davis, creator of MAD Free and Image Activist. In this discussion, Carol Jenkins discusses Davis’ work with MAD Free, a “multi-platform, multi-generational critical community conversation project with revolutionary women whose work and lives serve to liberate the narrow and disinformed image of women.” Michaela Angela Davis shared her experience with Circle of Mothers, a foundation established by Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin) for women who have experienced the loss of a child due to gun violence. Find out about MAD Free’s Hair Tales and visit us on Facebook ( to check out a MAD Free clip featuring Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, who discusses the story and magic behind her hair. (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #121   The Criminal Justice System with Christina Swarns
Christina Swarns, Litigation Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., which was founded in 1940 by Thurgood Marshall is our guest this week on Black America. For 75 years, The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has fought many battles such as Brown v. Board of Education, the Fair Housing Act, Chicago’s discriminatory hiring practices and mandating to test poor children for lead poisoning. President Obama called LDF “the best civil rights law firm in American history”. In this episode of Black America, Carol Jenkins will discuss our criminal justice system with Christina Swarns, while focusing on the death penalty. (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #122  The New Civil Rights Movement with Rashad Robinson
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change, an organization that brings attention to the needs and concerns of Blacks by holding coordinated events in different parts of the country, running TV and print advertisements, and demanding that the news media cover issues affecting Black people joins Carol Jenkins to discuss the new civil rights movement. Color of Change works to empower their members and to strengthen Black America’s political voice. In this episode, Rashad Robinson will discover the importance of translating your presence in the world into cultural power that creates change. (TRT: 28:00)

Episode # 123  Women and Media with Jamia Wilson
Women, Action & the Media (WAM) is a grassroots direct-action network dedicated to creating gender justice in media at all levels. Its Exececutive Director, Jamia Wilson, joins Carol Jenkins to hash through some of the challenges for women and media. In this episode of Black America, Jamia Wilson discusses what it means to be a Black feminist, her work with WAM and how she addresses the concerns of Black women with Hillary Clinton running for President of the United States. (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #124  Black Men in America with Kevin Powell
This week, Carol Jenkins sits down with author and activist Kevin Powell to discuss the need for a men’s movement to save black men and black women. He also discusses his book ‘The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey Into Manhood’…and the influence of male idols such as Muhammad Ali and Prince in his life. (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #125  My Brother’s Keeper with Michael J. Garner
100 Black Men was established in 1963 when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. Michael J. Garner, President of 100 Black Men sits with Carol Jenkins to discuss the foundation of 100 Black Men, the schools they have developed and how they are grooming young men to be future leaders. The night before this taping, a video was released of a man, Alton Sterling who was killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, LA. The following day, another man was killed in Missouri by an officer after being pulled over for a broken tail light. In this discussion, Carol Jenkins and Michael J. Garner watch the horrific video of Alton Sterling and discuss how our young black men should deal with their anger and how to handle themselves if ever found in a similar position with an officer. (TRT: 28:01)

Episode #126  The World of Book Publishing with Lisa Lucas
Lisa Lucas, Director of the National Book Foundation sits with Carol Jenkins and discusses the importance in enhancing the cultural value of great writing in America and how the foundation has recognized literary excellence, since founded in 1950. (TRT: 28:00)

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I’ll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant

I'll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant

“The medicalization of American life from birth to death is killing our souls.”

– Hattie Bryant

As much as we all want to believe we can live forever, we all know deep down that it simply can’t be true.

From this program viewers learn that there are things each of us can do to live fully, all the way to the end. Anyone who is willing to take four simple steps now, while healthy, can minimize if not avoid entirely, the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out.

Americans need this information because 70% say they want to die peacefully surrounded by friends and family … while actually 70% are dying in institutions surrounded by strangers.

Few people choose to contemplate critical illness or the inevitability of death until their time comes. Because possibilities are rarely discussed, many people are unprepared or unable to make critical end-of-life decisions and spend their last days in over-medicalized and unnecessarily painful and protracted situations.

Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices.

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Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? with Mark Hyman, MD

Dr. Mark Hyman

Did you know that oatmeal actually isn’t a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil? In Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, Dr. Mark Hyman looks at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. He also explains food’s crucial role in functional medicine and how food systems and policies affect our environmental and personal health.
With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is a no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health.

Eating real food doesn’t have to be complicated. Dr. Hyman is going to show us the principles of healthy eating by walking through each of the major food catefories – from meats to beverages and everything in between. Dr. Hyman tells the viewer exactly what foods to focus on and what to avoid. He will provide easy steps to get started, taking out all of the guess work of putting together meals. As a bonus, Dr. Hyman will also explain how food is one of the greatest contributors to global warming and pollution, then he will show us what foods will take less of a toll on our environment and our health.

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