Soledad O'Brien Tackles Black Debt on 'Almighty Debt'

Is debt a new form of slavery? New Jersey pastor Dr. DeForest Soaries -- who is featured on "Almighty Debt," airing tonight as part of CNN's "Black in America" series -- thinks debt is a bigger threat to Black America than racism. Hosted by Soledad O'Brien, the 90-minute documentary takes a look at how debt is slowly eroding the financial standing of African-American families. O'Brien spoke with ESSENCE.com about her motivation for focusing on debt, and how the legacy of slavery continues to affect wealth-building in the African-American community...
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