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Van Jones (Elon James White)

(The Root) -- Are Americans better off than they were four years ago?

That's the question that has dominated the political conversation as Democrats descend on Charlotte, N.C. President Barack Obama's surrogates have said no -- then yes. But what's the truth? With more people living in poverty today than when Obama took office, are we better off as a country? With corporations posting record profits, does this affect the rest of the nation?

This question is tackled in the latest This Week in Blackness, and not by me. Check out a special episode recorded in Charlotte with guest Van Jones, president of Rebuild the Dream.

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Elon James White is a writer and satirist and host of the award-winning video and radio series This Week in Blackness. Listen Monday to Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST at TWIB.FM and watch at TV.TWIB.ME/LIVE. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.

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