Headlines: CNN Trains Its Lens on Race : News & Views CNN's documentary series "Black In America" premieres tonight with a two-hour special on "The Black Woman and Family."
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Headlines: CNN Trains Its Lens on Race

CNN Trains Its Lens on Race
In a year that marks both the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Barack Obama's rise to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, CNN set out to explore how black people are feeling, thinking and doing. The effort has been spun into a pair of two-hour documentaries: "The Black Woman and Family," which airs tonight, and "The Black Man," set to broadcast tomorrow.

Strengthened Storm Rakes Texas Coast
The first bands of Hurricane Dolly raked south Texas and northern Mexico this morning with a deluge of rain and high winds. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry declared 14 counties in South Texas disaster areas in anticipation of flooding and mobilized 1,200 national guardsmen. Three shelters were set up in San Antonio to take in refugees should there be a massive flood.

Envy's in the Air Over Obama and the Press
In response to the overwhelming press coverage Obama has received during his trip through the middle east, McCain has launched a new retaliation campaign against him, accusing the media of being 'in love' with the Illinois Senator. Watch the video here.

Camp Leads a Drumbeat for a Marching Band's Style
In the nation's historically black colleges, marching bands have long provided far more than "The Star Spangled Banner," and none has grown more famous than Florida A&M's. The group, called The Marching 100, has created a revolution in band style, radically infusing the traditional catalog of songs and formations with the sounds and dances of black popular culture. Watch clips of the Marching 100 on YouTube or on their MySpace.

Pam Grier: Ready to Tell All With New Memoir
Pam Grier plans to pen a tell-all memoir, in which she'll reflect on the battles and triumphs of her life and career, including the men she's dated and her co-stars, as well as recount inside stories about her films and the persecution she experienced as an African-American woman trying to make it in Hollywood. The book is scheduled for release in spring 2010.

Reality Shines on this Hip-Hop Hopeful
New to the scene hip-hop artist and Malibu native Shwayze is enjoying some early success in his music career. He, along with his DJ Skeet and his producer Cisco Adler, is already the star of MTV's new show Buzzin'. Shwayze is certainly busy, juggling ad campaign gigs with mandatory court appearances for a fake ID he bought on Alvarado Street.

Born Into Battle
Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin's new book The Agitator's Daughter is "A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family." The book is based on much of her own rich family history and exemplifies the African American journey in the United States.

Serena Pulls Out of Carson Event
Despite claims earlier in the week that she was good to go for the Carson match, Serena Williams has now announced that she will not be playing at Carson due to impending knee surgery. Many agree that this is a good move on her part due to much more important tennis events such as the Olympics and the U.S. Open approaching.

A Bad Dream
Though Miami Heat basketball star Dwayne Wade said in 2004 that the US men's basketball team had no hope of winning the Olympics, he's now changing his tune: "Now I look at the team we have now, look at the mix. Look at everything we are doing. We are getting along so well... It's not going to be five guys. It's going to be 12 guys who are going to get this done."

Olympian Seeks to Highlight Swimming in Black Community
Cullen Jones plans to defy what he sees as a negative stereotype regarding African American swimmers when he participates in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing this summer. He says he thinks "there's a stigma within the African-American race that black people don't swim." Jones first began his passion for swimming when he nearly drowned at the age of five years old.