EXCLUSIVE: BET and CBS News have announced the Season 2 renewal of primetime monthly newsmagazine America in Black. Featured on BET, Paramount+ and CBS News streaming, America In Black focuses on investigative reporting, newsmaker interviews, human interest stories and celebrity profiles.
In Season 1, America In Black explored Black maternal mortality with an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris, reported on the war on Black history and looked at the amputation epidemic among Black Americans. It also featured profiles and interviews with Michael B. Jordan, LL Cool J, Taraji P. Henson, T.D. Jakes and others.
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In the new season, veteran BET News anchor Ed Gordon will return to the network after an 18-year hiatus as special correspondent. CBS Mornings host Vladimir Duthiers and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien also will join America in Black this season.
The second season premieres during Black History Month with two episodes on Tuesday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 20 on BET at 10:30 Pp.. Episodes will be available on CBS News Streaming beginning at 8 p.. ET Sunday, February 18.
Season 1 correspondents included CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King; journalist and author Marc Lamont Hill; NFL Today host and CBS News special correspondent James Brown, CBS Saturday Morning co-host Michelle Miller, CBS News national correspondent and CBS Weekend News anchor Jericka Duncan, CBS News correspondents Skyler Henry and Danya Bacchus; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, Entertainment Tonight co-host Nischelle Turner and MTV correspondent Dometi Pongo.
The premiere episode on February 6 will feature O’Brien’s interview and profile of Origin filmmaker Ava DuVernay, along with a profile of Sandra Douglass Morgan, the first and only Black woman NFL team president; a report on Black love and more. The February 20 installment will feature King in a sit-down interview with Victoria Monét; a story of food critic Keith Lee, and a profile of Maryland Governor Wes Moore. Comedian Roy Wood Jr. returns this season with his “Mic Drop” commentary segment beginning Feb. 6.
“Black storytelling is core to our mission at BET, and we are thrilled to continue expanding our Content For Change initiative with another riveting season of America In Black,” said Scott Mills, President and CEO, BET Media Group. “This primetime newsmagazine illuminates pressing and untold issues that affect us all and resonate deeply within our community. The collaboration and synergy between the powerful banners of BET News and CBS News affirms our shared commitment to create awareness, propel action, and ignite change.”
America In Black is executive produced by Alvin Patrick and Jason Samuels.
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