Why Can't a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?

"Nightline" debate series asks: Why can't a successful black woman find a man?

ByABC News
March 26, 2010, 4:26 PM

March 29, 2010 — -- The next "Nightline: Face-Off" asks: Why can't a successful black woman find a man?

Talk-show host Steve Harvey and Vicki Mabrey of "Nightline" co-moderate a live debate at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur, Ga., April 9 at 7 p.m.

In the United States, black college-educated women outnumber black college-educated men 2 to 1. Considering all the factors that could lend to this disproportion, it's not surprising people wonder why many successful black women cannot find a man.

ABC News' "Nightline" asks this question and relevant others -- Are black women's expectations too high? Who's to blame, black women or black men? -- in the next "Nightline: Face-Off" in Decatur, Ga., April 9.

In this "Face-Off," the seventh in the program's series, Sherri Shepherd, Emmy award-winning co-host of ABC's "The View," and Jacque Reid, star of VH1's "Let's Talk About Pep," will debate Hill Harper, "CSI" star and author of "The Conversation," and Jimi Izrael, author of "The Denzel Principle."

Steve Harvey, radio talk-show host and bestselling author of "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" and "Nightline's" Vicki Mabrey will co-moderate the debate.

Shepherd and Reid will participate as single, successful African-American females who have difficulty finding an equal match, while Harper and Izrael argue that single women should look beyond stereotypes when choosing a black man.

The "Nightline: Face-Off" is a series launched two years ago in which hot topics are debated among prominent voices in their field.

To obtain media credentials, please contact Alison Bridgman at 212-456-1578; alison.bridgman@abc.com. For more on the "Face Off" visit:


"Nightline" Face-Off : Why can't a successful black woman find a man? Moderated by correspondent Vicki Mabrey and radio talk show host Steve Harvey


Sherri Shepherd: Co-Host of ABC's "The View"

Jacque Reid, VH1's "Let's Talk About Pep"

Hill Harper, CSI-NY actor and author of "The Conversation"

Jimi Izrael, NPR correspondent and author of "The Denzel Principle"


April 9 from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the first 600 attendees will be seated.


Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr., Decatur, Ga.

*Please note*: Media interested in covering this debate must submit credential requests to alison.bridgman@abc.com no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 8.

"Nightline" is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, and Martin Bashir. James Goldston is the executive producer. "Nightline" airs at 11:35 p.m. (ET/PT) weeknights on the ABC Television Network.

ABC News Media Relations: Alison Bridgman 212-456-1578 and Emily Lenzner 202-222-6896