ABC’s “Nightline’ is taping an episode April 9 in Decatur about how tough it is for college-educated black women to find good black men.
Radio host and best-selling relationships author Steve Harvey will moderate with Vicki Mabrey, a “Nightline” correspondent. Mabrey said Atlanta was picked specifically because of the high number of professional black women in the city.
“A lot of women have satisfying, fulfilling jobs,” Mabrey said. “They have family, church and close friends. Women are not held down in the kitchen anymore. But they still want a man. As Billy Dee Williams said, ‘Success is nothing without anyone to share it with.’ That’s been the mantra to deal with.”
The network is seeking 600 people to populate the crowd from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s free, first come first serve. Mabrey said in an interview earlier this week that she expects the audience to be heavily packed with women. She’s hoping enough guys can come in to present their viewpoints.
The panel includes two single men: actor and perpetual bachelor Hill Harper (”CSI: NY, right) and Jimi Izrael, NPR contributor and author of “The Denzel Principle” who has been married twice and divorced twice and seems to be a bit peeved at black women. They are joined by Sherri Shepherd from “The View,” a divorcee who has discussed this subject many times on the show, and Clark Atlanta grad and journalist Jacque Reid, last seen on VH1’s “Let’s Talk about Pep.”
The show is scheduled to air at 11:35 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, presuming breaking news does not postpone it. The full two-hour forum will be available online here the same day it airs.
“Nightline” will pose questions such: Are black women’s expectations too high? Who’s to blame: black women or black men? Is it just bad demographics, with twice as many college-educated black women than black men? Should black women date outside their race?
Mabrey said the forum came about after such a strong reaction from a piece “Nightline” aired last December (focused on Atlanta.) Check that story out here:
The event is at Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur, Georgia. The “Face-Off” is an occasional “Nightline” series launched two years ago in which hot topics are debated among prominent voices in their field. The first “Face-Off” topic was “Are we programmed to cheat?”
Where: Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center
3181 Rainbow Drive
“Nightline,” 11:35 p.m. on weekdays on ABC