THIS WEEK On Washington Watch: Jada Pinkett Smith, Ice T, Rev. Fred Luter, Jr., Dr. Cedric Bright And More …


REVEREND FRED LUTER, FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST JADA PINKETT SMITH AND ACTOR AND RAPPER ICE-T

ARE AMONG THE GUESTS ON WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24

Topics to include the historic move this week by the Southern Baptist Convention in electing its first black leader, the House panel vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the sexual exploitation of hundreds of thousands of young American girls, 40% of whom are black, the history of rap music and what voters should know about where elected officials stand on healthcare prior to the election –

June 22, 2012, Silver Spring, MD–Reverend Fred Luter, Jr., the first African American president of the 167-year-old Southern Baptist Convention elected earlier this week, actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith, actor and rapper Ice T and Dr. Cedric Bright, chairman of the National Medical Association are the guests on WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN on TV One this Sunday, June 24 at 11 AM ET.

The commentator journalist/ panel will include: Pennsylvania state senator Vincent Hughes; Keli Goff, contributing editor of Loop 21.com and author of The GQ Candidate; Deborah Simmons, senior correspondent for The Washington Times; and Michael Fletcher, national economics correspondent for the The Washington Post.

Topics to be explored during the hour include: the historic action by the Southern Baptist Convention this week in electing its first African American president, 167 years after the organization was founded amid strife between Northern and Southern Baptists over the southerners’ defense of slavery, segregation and white supremacy; an examination of the State Department’s annual report on human trafficking and the unsettling fact that hundreds of thousands of young American girls are forced into prostitution; a discussion of the history of rap music with Ice T who talks about his new film “Something from Nothing”;  and what voters should know about where their elected officials stand on heath care reform before an election, especially in light of the Supreme Court’s expected ruling on the President’s health care law next week.

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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