SPECIAL Christmas Day Edition of Washington Watch From The Potter’s House Focuses On The Fatherhood Crisis In The Black Community

 – Renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes joins Roland Martin for a candid discussion of the painful reality of fatherless Black children – 

December 21, 2011, Silver Spring, MD – –    A special Christmas Day edition of  WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN will focus on the plight of many Black children who are forced to grow up without a father. Taped on location at The Potter’s House worship center in Dallas, Texas, the program features a powerful conversation with the church’s pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes and will air on TV One this Sunday, December 25 at 11 AM.

Martin and Jakes will hear first-hand from several Black men and women who share poignant stories on how this crisis affected them directly.  Grown children, left fatherless at an early age, talk about the pain of rejection. Single mothers talk about their struggles in trying to teach their sons how to be men. And, Martin and Jakes hear inspiring stories from people who came to the aid of children and stood in for absent fathers. These real stories from real people underscore the important role Black men, specifically, fathers, play in the 21st century and how the future of the Black family is predicated on strong men rising up and being involved.  This special Christmas Day edition is the first of a two-part special. The second part will air next Sunday, January 1 and will take a look at Black men who are doing right by their children and  communities.

Hosted by TV One political editor, CNN and Tom Joyner Morning Show analyst Roland Martin, TV One’s hour-long weekly public affairs series focuses on issues of importance to African Americans, through interviews with officials from the Administration, Congress and other policymakers who represent black communities, as well as discussions with journalists and commentators, and a wide range of policy experts.  Washington Watch with Roland Martin also explores a wide range of timely and relevant topics including history, books, music, films, technology and black culture.

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