Monday, November 26, 2007

NBC Talks About Black Women

"NBC News With Brian Williams" will air a five-part series on African-American Women and Where They Stand. Each night will cover a particular topic including education, health, and gender disparity among other things.


Mara Schiavocampo, Digital Correspondent for "Nightly News," will address two hot topics in the African - American community: interracial dating and the impact of hip hop music on black women (For those of you who attended NABJ this year, Ms. Schiavocampo won the Emerging Journalist of the Year Award). Interracial dating is a growing trend in the African - American community. An Essence.com poll found that 81% of participants approved of black women dating non- black men. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report in 2000, 95,000 black women were married to white men. In 2005, that number increased to 134,000. Schiavocampo will talk to experts about the trend and discuss how this defines the "Black family" of the future.

Schiavocampo will convene a panel of leading black men and women from the hip-hop industry for an engaging discussion on whether hip hop lyrics and videos positively or negatively affect black women. The roundtable also will address how these portrayals are affecting relationships between black women and black men.


I guess since Schiavocampo is a Digital Correspondent, her segments will only be available online instead of on TV. Hey, I guess we should be glad these things are being discussed at all.

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