'BET News Presents: America In Black': Gabrielle Union, Henry Louis ‘Skip’ Gates, and the Growing Epidemic of Black Amputations

The next episode of the monthly news magazine premieres on Sunday, June 4.

Multiple miscarriages, a dysfunctional first marriage, and the career challenges of being a Black woman in Hollywood are all on the table during a candid interview with actress Gabrielle Union on the next episode of "BET News Presents: America in Black," set to premiere on Sunday, June 4,

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Gabrielle Union and Nate Burleson, "America in Black"

Union speaks about these and the other traumas that have weighed her down over the last three decades, as well as the spiritual healing she found during her African homecoming to celebrate her 50th birthday. It's a riveting and emotional conversation with CBS Mornings co-host Nate Burleson that explores how the actress’ journey to several countries on the continent completely revived her soul.

Gabrielle Union Celebrates Her 50th Birthday With A Surprise Party In Tanzania!

In addition to Union's story, CBS News correspondent Wesley Lowery takes viewers on a sobering journey to the rural Mississippi Delta, one of the poorest regions in the nation. There,  he examines the amputation epidemic plaguing poor Black Americans for a joint project produced in collaboration with ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism outlet.

Acclaimed cardiovascular physician Dr. Foluso Fakorede is trying to do something about it. He has been battling the disproportionately high rate of amputations—scores of them unnecessary and preventable—among Black residents in the state. Fakorede explains why he believes systemic racism is the core reason for the failure to address the underlying risk factors that lead to preventable amputations, which he designates as a national health crisis.

Viewers can also see Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., the renowned Harvard University professor better known for his popular PBS show Finding Your Roots, on which he uncovers the ancestry of his celebrity guests.

BET's "America in Black" and Dr. Henry Louis Gates

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Dr. Henry Louis Gates

Gates opens up to CBS News Special Correspondent James Brown about the turning points in his life that led him on the path to becoming a decorated scholar of Black history, including the emotional recollection of his brother suffering a racist incident. Part of the interview was done on the shores of “The Inkwell” at Martha’s Vineyard, where Gates explains the history of how the area became a popular summertime getaway for Black Americans.

A new one-hour episode of “America in Black” airs June 4 and is available across BET and CBS’ platforms, including BET+ (June 8) and the CBS News Streaming Network. The show will premiere on the BET YouTube page on June 6.

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