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October 12th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

Is Herman Cain calling out critics in the black community, or a political puppet? Two experts on race discuss

2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has come under fire from the black community after he remarked that he doesn't "believe racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way."  But Cain says his critics just can't stand to see a black Republican run for the GOP nomination – and challenge an African-American president.

Carol Costello spoke to Ron Christie, Republican strategist and fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and Boyce Watkins, a professor at Syracuse University, about whether they agreed with Cain's provocative statement -and whether they feel blacks can embrace the GOP.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Race
September 28th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Actor Taye Diggs discusses new children's book 'Chocolate Me!'

Actor Taye Diggs, best known for his work on Broadway and for starring in ABC's "Private Practice," has written a new children's book called "Chocolate Me!"

The book tells the story of a black child who is teased for looking different, but eventually learns to embrace what sets him apart from his predominatly white neighbors with the help of his mother. Diggs, who worked on the book with his cousin Shane Evans, wrote it with the goal of helping kids accept their skin color.

Diggs sits down with Carol Costello and Ali Velshi today on American Morning to talk about the book and what inspired him to write it, and what we can expect from the new season of his hit show, which premieres this Thursday.

Filed under: Books • Race
September 27th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Author of controversial new book 'Is Marriage for White People?' talks marriage in the African-American community

According to the 2006 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 45 percent of African-American women have never been married, compared with 23 percent of white women.

In his controversial new book, "Is Marriage for White People?", Stanford Law Professor Ralph Richard Banks argues that the declining rate of marriage among blacks over the past 50 years largely boils down to a simple problem of supply and demand. Banks suggest that African-American women should look outside of their race to find men to marry.

Banks joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to explain the conclusions he presents in his book and to discuss marriage in the African-American community.

Filed under: Books • Marriage • Race
September 27th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

What challenges does President Obama have when facing the African-American community?

With his poll numbers slipping among African-Americans, President Obama is launching an outreach campaign to the black community.

Over the weekend, Obama delivered a fiery speech before the Congressional Black Caucus, and he sat down for an exclusive interview with Black Entertainment Television (BET) last night in a special that the network called "The President Answers Black America."

However, the President is also making it clear that he will not specifically target assistance toward the African American community, saying, "That's not how America works. America works when all of us are pulling together, and everybody is focused on making sure that every single person has opportunity."

Robert Traynham, former Republican adviser, and James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Leigh University, weigh in on president's outreach to the African-American community on American Morning today.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics • President Barack Obama • Race
September 19th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

What is 'post-Blackness?' Author Touré explains the concept, his new book

Within his new book "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?," author Touré explores the concept of post-Blackness and what it means to be an African American in today's world.

Touré has said that his motivation for writing the book was to kill the ongoing discussion that some people are "legitimately" Black, while others are not.

Today on American Morning, Touré discusses his book and explains if he thinks that President Obama should be doing more to help Black Americans.

Filed under: Books • Race
April 5th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Malcolm X book reveals startling details of his assassination

Details in a new biography about the life and legacy of Malcolm X reveal new information about the activist’s early life and his assassination in 1965.

The book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, suggests that police were aware of death threats against Malcolm X and stood back, and that different people may have been involved in the assassination than those convicted.

Today on American Morning, Zaheer Ali, the lead researcher on the book who has spent most of his academic career researching Malcolm X, talks about reactions to the new information with AM’s Ali Velshi. He explains the importance of revisiting Malcolm X’s story.

Filed under: Politics • Race
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