BET NEWS PRESENTS: THE STATE OF THE UNION PRESIDENT OBAMA AND BLACK AMERICA

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BET Networks To Air President Obama’s State of The Union Address During 90-Minute Special Anchored By Jeff Johnson

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Amidst the war on terror, the healthcare crisis, a struggling economy and the recent tragedy in Haiti, our first African American president, Barack Obama will stand before Congress on Wednesday, January 27 and deliver his first State of the Union Address. Beginning at 9:00 p.m.* BET, CENTRIC, and BET.com will carry BET NEWS PRESENTS: THE STATE OF THE UNION PRESIDENT OBAMA AND BLACK AMERICA, a 90-minute, LIVE special which will feature a roundtable discussion and a series of original taped packages featuring a wide range of celebrity and political voices. Broadcasting from The Newseum’s HD studios in Washington, D.C., BET anchor Jeff Johnson will be joined by panelists Professor Marc Lamont Hill, Commentator John McWhorter and BET Senior Political Analyst Pamela Gentry to examine President Obama’s first year in office and how the president’s policies have been received by the Black community.

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BET NEWS PRESENTS: THE STATE OF THE UNION PRESIDENT OBAMA AND BLACK AMERICA will feature exclusive interviews from a wide cross-section of African Americans including: , Jamal Simmons, Rep. Barbara Lee, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Cornell Belcher, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, , , Tara Setmayer, Charles M. Blow, Michaela Angela Davis, , and Ryan Leslie. BET’s special coverage will also include exclusive new poll numbers that reveal Black America’s support of the president.

Jason Samuels serves as Executive Producer of BET NEWS PRESENTS: THE STATE OF THE UNION PRESIDENT OBAMA AND BLACK AMERICA.

Keith Brown is the Senior Vice President of BET News and Public Affairs.

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