By almost every measure, being black in America today still means a loss of income; of security; of health. But that's only part of the story.
Does the power of people from Colin Powell to Oprah and President-elect Obama mean that, overall, black folks are doing better? Are African Americans even be privileged in some ways?
Farai Chideya speaks with authors Jill Nelson, Robert Jensen, and Paul Beatty about these issues.