THIS WEEK On Washington Watch: Rep Elijah Cummings, Crisis Manager Judy Smith, Free Wright, Janks Morton, Krissah Thompson, Ayize Ma’at & More | Roland Martin Reports

THIS WEEK On Washington Watch: Rep Elijah Cummings, Crisis Manager Judy Smith, Free Wright, Janks Morton, Krissah Thompson, Ayize Ma’at & More

U.S. REP ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D-MD) AND WASHINGTON CRISIS MANAGER JUDY SMITH WHOSE CAREER INSPIRED THE NEW ABC TV SERIES “SCANDAL” ARE AMONG THE GUESTS ON WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN ON APRIL 22

Topics to include the Secret Service scandal and implications for the President’s safety, attacks from the right on President Obama’s policies and the tightening polls in the Presidential race, how ABC’s new series “Scandal” is promoting racial diversity in primetime, and a new look at gender wars –

April 20, 2012, Silver Spring, MD – – U.S. Rep Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the committee on Oversight and Government Reform; Judy Smith, Washington D.C. crisis manager to politicians and celebrities, who inspired the lead character (portrayed by Kerry Washington) in the new ABC drama Scandal; WPGC radio host Free Wright; Janks Morton, founder of the iYago Entertainment Group and producer of a new documentary film What Black Men Think; Krissah Thompson, national staff writer for The Washington Post, and relationship coach Ayize Ma’at, Founder of B Intentional, LLC are the guests on WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN on TV One this Sunday, April 22 at 11 AM.

The journalist/commentator panel will include: MSNBC political analyst Karen Finney; national economics correspondent for The Washington Post Michael Fletcher; senior correspondent for The Washington Times Deborah Simmons and Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes.

Topics to be explored during the hour include: the Secret Service scandal and what it means for the President’s safety, especially amid increasing racial tensions in America; Republican efforts to mischaracterize President Obama’s economic policies as being unfavorable to women; the re-opening of the Howard University theater and President Obama’s trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit where he sat in the bus seat once occupied by Rosa Parks in her stand against segregation; a discussion of ABC’s new primetime series “Scandal” featuring an African American lead character based on a real-life crisis manager; and a new look at the battle of the sexes as portrayed in the new Steve Harvey movie “Think Like a Man” based on his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The program also features a tribute to several Black pioneers who passed this month including award winning television journalist Gil Noble ( known for his groundbreaking interviews with Louis Farrakhan, Muhammad Ali, Black Panther Stokely Carmichael, and Andrew Young) and John Payton, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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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