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Exploring who we are, who we're becoming
November 7th, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Exploring who we are, who we're becoming

In America is about the America you may or may not see – a cultural crossroad that exists in every town, city and state. We examine the nuances of what people believe, even when those beliefs are based on perceptions and not necessarily on facts.

Sometimes, the candid answers we uncover result in celebrations of lives defined by success, triumph and progress. Sometimes, we explore pain and hurt so deep they should not be forgotten or repeated.  And sometimes, we step back and laugh about those oh-so-serious conversations.

This began in 2008, when CNN produced a documentary called “Black in America.” The response was overwhelming and that single project eventually led to another, “Latino in America.” Then that documentary led to another, then another. Four years later, we’ve produced 18 In America documentaries including “Unwelcome, The Muslims Next Door”, “Education in America: Don’t Fail Me” and “Gary and Tony Have a Baby.”

Now, In America is expanding further with the launch of this blog.

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Engage: San Francisco could elect first Chinese-American mayor
On Tuesday, interim San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, right, could become the city's first elected Chinese-American mayor.
November 7th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Engage: San Francisco could elect first Chinese-American mayor

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported, untold stories from undercovered communities.

San Francisco could elect first Chinese-American mayor
“This city with the country’s oldest Chinatown appears likely to elect a Chinese-American mayor for the first time on Tuesday, and for many residents it is a milestone long overdue.” - The New York Times

Census: 49 million in poverty
“New estimates released Monday show that the number of Americans living in poverty was higher than previously estimated, and stands at 49.1 million, according to the Census Bureau. The nearly-50 million people who live below the poverty line represents 16 percent of all Americans.” –Politico

Study: Widespread sexual harassment of students
“Nearly half of 7th to 12th graders experienced sexual harassment in the last school year, according to a study scheduled for release on Monday, with 87 percent of those who have been harassed reporting negative effects such as absenteeism, poor sleep and stomachaches.” - The New York Times

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November 7th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Going social with charitable giving

The startup Givelocally.net combines social networking with charity by pairing up people in need with people interested in contributing to others' rent, medical costs or utility bills. None of the business' leaders - including founder Brad Newman and chief executive Andrew Young III, son of the famed civil rights leader –  take a salary. The site stays in business by taking 18 cents of every dollar donated.

Soledad O'Brien explores startup culture in "Black in America: Silicon Valley - The New Promised Land," at 8 p.m. November 13 on CNN.