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July 11th, 2009
05:39 PM ET

Spike Lee in the House!

It was our distinct pleasure to have filmmaker Spike Lee drop by the CNN Newsroom this morning. He's in Atlanta for a 20th anniversary screening of his breakthrough film, "Do the Right Thing." TJ Holmes asked him about that, and whether President Obama really took Michelle to see it on their first date.

Join Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, 6am ET/3am PT.

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July 11th, 2009
05:22 PM ET

Gay Marriage and the NAACP

The NAACP is celebrating its 100th anniversary at its national convention in New York this weekend. The group has a new leader at the helm - Ben Jealous. He's the youngest NAACP president ever - with a different perspective and new priorities.

This morning in the CNN Newsroom, TJ Holmes asked him about the organization's stand on several issues, including gay marriage.

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July 11th, 2009
08:40 AM ET

Taking Aim: Youth Violence

Parents, we worry about nothing more than the safety of our children. Will they make the right decisions, hang out with the right crowd? Will they be lured into a gang? Sadly, violence is everywhere–innocent children gunned down in the streets, even in their own homes. They're attacked at school. But they're not only the victims, some are perpetrators, too.
Look at some of these numbers. The Centers for Disease Control just released new data showing that, in 2006, nearly six thousand young people between the ages of 10 and 24 were murdered. In 2007, nearly one in five high school students polled admitted to carrying a weapon in the past thirty days.
Today at four p.m. Eastern, we are taking aim at youth violence.
Why all the bloodshed? What needs to be done to reduce and, hopefully, stop it?
We're looking for solutions. Post your comments and questions now for our guests, including a youth violence expert and a child psychologist, and we may use them on the air today at 4 p.m. Eastern.

UPDATE: Here's a portion of Saturday's discussion:


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July 11th, 2009
04:25 AM ET

Busy Morning Ahead in the CNN Newsroom...

President Obama woke up this morning in Accra, Ghana, on his first visit as President to Sub-Saharan Africa. He's scheduled to speak to Parliament this morning. We're carrying it live.

A Chicago-area cemetery where corpses were allegedly unearthed so the plots could be resold is declared a crime scene. How does that affect relatives trying to determine if their loved one's graves were desecrated?

An Iranian-American is under arrest in Tehran, following weeks of post-election protests. We'll have an update.

And TJ Holmes sits down with NAACP President Ben Jealous to discuss the status and progress of the oldest civil rights organization in the nation.

Join us in the CNN Newsroom with Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes, beginning 6am ET/3am PT.

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