How Tonight’s SBF ‘Face-off’ Came to Be

By David Schoetz

Apr 21, 2010 5:18pm

 
Between a segment on "The View" this morning, a steady Twitter beat and some noise on the blogs, you may have heard about tonight's show. It is the seventh installment of our "Face-off" series, a town hall style debate that this time scratches at the question "Why can't a successful black woman find a man?" What you may not know is how tonight's lively showdown — barring breaking news as always — came to be. It was this segment in December by Linsey Davis and Hana Karar that first tackled the issue. The massive interest in and controversy around the topic was clear from jumpstreet. From there, the idea of incorporating the topic into our "Face-off" format was born. The live-to-tape debate series has in the past often tackled significant questions of faith, but this was simply too hot a topic to resist. And so began the groundwork – finding a venue (Atlanta); booking the panel (all-star); and promoting the event (shoutouts to all who helped spread the word). An overflow and enthusiastic crowd showed up for the April 9 taping. The panelists kept it flowing and fun for three hours. Tonight, we deliver the final product. Now, whether we were able to answer the question? That will be up to you to decide. We've already posted a lot of the content at the "Face-off" page at ABCNews.com. Click HERE for the full write-up and HEREfor a behind-the-scenes slideshow. And before tonight's broadcast, here's one more chance to check out the original segment, "Single Black Female."

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