At the New York screening of the latest “Black in America” installment last night, CNN host Soledad O’Brien told the audience that the documentary is a head-on look at a topic that usually “makes you squirm.”
O’Brien wasn’t exaggerating. Advanced screenings of “The New Promised Land: Inside Silicon Valley,” which follows eight black entrepreneurs (led by Angela Benton, pictured here with O’Brien) as they attempt to launch technology companies in an industry that is overwhelmingly white and male, have set off a recent media firestorm.
In the middle of it is blogger-turned-investor Michael Arrington, who says in the documentary that he does not know a single black entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. (Arrington claims he was “ambushed”; O’Brien responded last week, saying their interview was “pleasant.”) Read more