by Amani Channel
I was invited to to hang out with the bloggers at CNN headquarters for the third installment of Black In America. This was a town hall meeting that was taped as part the program. The topic: Almighty Debt.
Host Soledad O’Brien, Bishop T.D. Jakes, clinical social worker and public relations executive Terrie Williams, syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary, FBCLG senior pastor Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries, pollster Cornell Belcher and others were part of the discussion.
CNN just shared a preview copy of the special with me, so I’ll have more once I digest the content.
6:50p.m. Soledad O’Brien enters the bloggers lounge and answers a few questions (on crutches).
6:55p.m. Soledad enters studio.
7:00p.m. Soledad introduces the town hall meeting. She explains the taping format. Conversation will start soon. She says it’s okay use cell phones during the discussion.
7:01p.m. Twitter hashtag is #blackinamerica
7:05p.m. Soledad tapes show intro. She does it in one take.
7:10p.m. After taping a series of show breaks, O’Brien interviews Bishop T.D. Jakes and Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries about debt, the church, and Black America.
7:28p.m Taping continues. Hurry up and pause. Start recording.
7:36p.m. Conversation continues. You’ll have to watch the finished product on Oct. 21 at 9p.m.