“Black in America 2,” a two-night special introducing America to prominent men and women of color, is a continuation of “Black in America” which debuted on CNN in 2008.
“We are the invisible people because we don’t match the stereotype. The stereotype for black Americans is failure, poverty, failure, victimization and mediocrity.,” Miles explains to the reporter, Soledad O’Brien.
For the past 23 years, Dr. Miles has hosted the annual Tuxedo Ball, to fight this generality and celebrate the success of families like hers that have worked hard for their achievements and defied the limitations that stood in their way. It is a weekend of socializing and networking for prominent black families across the country.
“These people all had graduate degrees at a time when most people didn’t have college degrees,” she said of family portraits in her “family hall of fame” that date back to 1850s.