Inside HBO's 'Black List' The term, "black list," once defined Communist investigations by the U.S. government in the 1950s. But now, an HBO documentary is redefining that term. The Black List is a documentary with 22 prominent black Americans — from Gen. Colin Power to erotica writer Zane — having their say.
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Inside HBO's 'Black List'

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Inside HBO's 'Black List'

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Al Sharpton and Toni Morrison share their stories in 'The Black List.' Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/HBO hide caption

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The term, "black list," once defined Communist investigations by the U.S. government in the 1950s.

But now, a new HBO documentary is redefining that term.

The Black List is a documentary, featuring 22 prominent black Americans — from Gen. Colin Power to erotica writer Zane — having their say.

It is the brain child of director Timothy Greenfield Sanders and journalist Elvis Mitchell. Both speak with Farai Chideya.