20 episodes

America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn. 

These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together. 

Hosted by Don Lemon.

Silence is Not an Option CNN

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.8 • 6.6K Ratings

America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn. 

These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together. 

Hosted by Don Lemon.

    Lift Every Voice and Sing

    Lift Every Voice and Sing

    The so-called Black National Anthem was composed in 1900, and it’s provided a soundtrack to Black life ever since. For this special Black History Month episode, CNN’s Don Lemon speaks with Rep. James Clyburn, historian Prof. Imani Perry, and Howard University choir conductor Eric Poole about the song’s history, cultural significance, and impressive staying power over the past century. Today, it’s more relevant than ever. 

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    • 33 min
    The Axe Files: Nikole Hannah-Jones

    The Axe Files: Nikole Hannah-Jones

    When Nikole Hannah-Jones was a high school student at a predominantly white school in Waterloo, Iowa, she complained to a teacher that the school newspaper wasn’t covering stories that mattered to Black students. He told her she had two options: stop complaining or start writing for the paper and telling her own stories. She joined the paper, launching what became a celebrated career writing for publications like ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine. Nikole is well known for her reporting on segregation and racial inequities in education but recently won a Pulitzer Prize for The 1619 Project, which traces the legacy of slavery throughout American history. She joined Axe Files host David Axelrod to talk about what it was like growing up in working-class Iowa, how she finds motivation in being underestimated, and the inspiration and creation of The 1619 Project.

    Originally released: September, 2020

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Black to the Future

    Black to the Future

    A record number of Black candidates ran for office this year, representing not only their constituencies, but also the diversity of perspectives that exist among Black Americans. Don talks to two newly elected representatives, Mondaire Jones (D-New York) and Cori Bush (D-Missouri), about their platforms, their strategies for Congress, and the future of Black politics. 

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    • 28 min
    Black Women Did That

    Black Women Did That

    Black women are largely responsible for electing America’s next president. They have been one of the Democratic party’s most reliable voting blocs for a long time. Why? Don talks with LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, about how their votes were earned in the 2020 election. Also, Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson discusses the excitement surrounding VP-elect Kamala Harris and her affiliation with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (AKA).

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    • 22 min
    Blaxit

    Blaxit

    Why stay where you’re not wanted? Some Black Americans are thinking about moving abroad to escape centuries of racial oppression and marginalization. Historian Kevin Gaines shares the long history behind this phenomenon. Don also speaks with author Tiffanie Drayton about her move from the U.S. to Trinidad and Tobago and why she considers herself a refugee.

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    • 34 min
    Yes, Voter Suppression is Alive and Well

    Yes, Voter Suppression is Alive and Well

    Why is still so hard for Black communities to vote in this country? Massive early voter turnout has led to hours-long waiting lines, and Black and other voters of color can expect to wait the longest. Voter protection specialist Josh Levin says that even after decades of legal battles over voting rights, communities of color consistently encounter barriers. Don also speaks with Carol Anderson, author and professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She argues that modern suppression tactics are no different than those of the Jim Crow era.

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
6.6K Ratings

6.6K Ratings

Saagaadaa <:3)~ ,

America's National Hymn

I have loved "Lift Every Voice and Sing" since I was a child. My mother played the organ, and sang it to us, and we learned to sing it. We are a white family who have always lived in integrated neighborhood, and went to school with people of all colors. We sang it at school starting in the primary grades.
I have now been singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" for over sixty years. It never fails to lift my soul, and the spirits of my chosen community. Thank you for spotlighting this hymn.

littlerhody2 ,

Awesome Podcast

Don Lemon is awesome on the news and even better on the podcast. The podcast on environmental racism stopped me in my tracks. All of the podcasts contain valuable information and are told in a heartfelt way. Love your mother, too! Please continue to make these . . .

tamcoats ,

Not worth watching

As like everyone else on cnn, he is a liar and a racist. This network and the ones pretending to be journalists, are a joke. They pander propaganda to further divide the country, and embellish stories of non existent racism.

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