SPECIAL EDITION OF WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN FROM LOS ANGELES ON FEB. 26 FOCUSES ON THE PORTRAYAL OF BLACK WOMEN IN REALITY TV, CHALLENGES FACING BLACK FILMMAKERS, THE IMPACT OF CUTS IN ARTS EDUCATION ON OUR CHILDREN AND THE RISE OF HIV AND AIDS AT HBCU’S
– Guests include Vanessa Williams, Debbie Allen, Bill Duke, Russ Parr, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Rolonda Watts, Robert Townsend, Brian White, Jackée Harry and many others –
Feb. 24, 2012, Los Angeles, CA –This week’s special edition of Washington Watch with Roland Martin features interviews and conversations with a wide variety of famous African Americans as they gathered in Los Angeles for the NAACP Image Awards, for which Washington Watch with Roland Martin was nominated. The show will air on TV One on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11 AM ET –
Guests/topics featured on the show this week include. D’Angela Proctor, producer of The Family Crews and Sunday Best, Judge Greg Mathis, host of The Judge Mathis Show, and Rolonda Watts, television personality and former host of The Lie Detector on the portrayal of black women in reality TV; actor, producer and director Robert Townsend, actor and director, Bill Duke and writer and director, Gina Prince-Bythewood on how to increase the number of black people working behind the scenes in Hollywood; Russ Parr, filmmaker and host of the syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show, film director and screen writer, Matty Rich and producer and comedian Chris Spencer on how black filmmakers must overcome the challenges of getting films made when they don’t get the greenlight from Hollywood; Phil Wilson, founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute, actress and HIV and AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph and singer, actress and long time HIV and AIDS activist Vanessa Williams on how to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS, especially at HBCU’s , given that college students account for 55% of all HIV infections among people between the ages 13-24; Debbie Allen, founder and artistic director of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy; and actors Jackée Harry, Brian White and Dondre Whitfield on why cutting arts education in schools can destroy our children’s future. Comedians Buddy Lewis, Sinbad and Chris Spencer will also provide a bit of comic relief
Hosted by TV One political editor 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.