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Every leading indicator - unemployment, income, wealth, educational attainment, home ownership and foreclosures - demonstrates that the African-American financial foundation is crumbling at rates that are comparatively worse than other segments of the U.S. population. "Almighty Debt: A CNN Black in America Special" is told through experiences of members of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, New Jersey, and explores how an institution central to African-American communities for generations is helping its 7,000 parishioners survive the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. "Almighty Debt" introduces viewers to the Rev. Dr. DeForest "Buster" Soaries, who believes "debt is the new slavery" and follows him as he attempts to invoke faith to fight debt from his pulpit. The church's community development corporation struggles to help desperate homeowners save their homes from foreclosure and the unemployed find work. The youth ministry assists students with financial aid applications. But can this church help ensure better futures in a time of new financial challenges?
Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families -- 40 years after the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch "CNN Presents: Black in America" a four-hour television event July 23 and 24.
The fourth installment of CNN's flagship documentary series, Black in America, with Soledad O'Brien, follows the inspiring and challenging journey of eight African-American entrepreneurs attempting to make history in Silicon Valley. While the U.S. economy struggles, tech innovators are becoming instant millionaires and investors flood the Valley looking to fund the next Google, Twitter or Facebook. Yet successful African-American digital entrepreneurs are virtually non-existent. In 2010, 1% of all venture capital money went to digital startups with African-American founders. Black in America chronicles the journey of eight entrepreneurs as they attempt to realize their dreams. Who will fail? Who will succeed? And what is the color of opportunity?
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