THIS SUNDAY! Special Edition Of Washington Watch From The Essence Music Festival Features Steve Harvey, Chaka Khan, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Bishop T.D. Jakes, S. Epatha Merkerson, Derrica Wilson, Dr. Ronald Mason Jr., Jonathan Sprinkles, Michelle Ebanks And More | Roland Martin Reports

THIS SUNDAY! Special Edition Of Washington Watch From The Essence Music Festival Features Steve Harvey, Chaka Khan, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Bishop T.D. Jakes, S. Epatha Merkerson, Derrica Wilson, Dr. Ronald Mason Jr., Jonathan Sprinkles, Michelle Ebanks And More

SUNDAY, JULY 15, SPECIAL EDITION OF WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN, GUESTS TO INCLUDE STEVE HARVEY, CHAKA KHAN, NEW ORLEANS MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU, BISHOP T.D. JAKES AND MORE, COMING TO YOU FROM THE ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NEW ORLEANS, LA. 

–Topics to include the Essence Music Festival, media attention for missing African Americans, the economic power of black women, Affordable Care Act, comedy and race, and the impact of missing black men in the black community–

July 13, 2012, Silver Spring, MD – This week Washington Watch with Roland Martin will be coming to you from the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. This week’s special episode is chock-full of special guests as they offer their insights on current matters affecting black culture and communities. The show will air on TV One on Sunday, July 15 at 11 AM ET.

This week Roland Martin speaks with S. Epatha Merkerson, host of TV One’s Find Our Missing, and Derrica Wilson, President of the Black and Missing Foundation, about the importance of bringing media attention to missing African Americans. Martin will also join a panel discussion exploring the role of black men in the black community and how their absence is affecting families with Dr. Ronald Mason Jr., President of Southern University and Jonathan Sprinkles, author and motivational Speaker. To discuss the ever-growing economic power of black women, Martin welcomes Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications, Patricia Williams, McDonald’s franchisee, and Marcia Anderson, Major General of the United States Army Reserve. In another segment, Norman Robinson, News Anchor from WDSU-TV, New Orleans,Jarvis Deberry, Columnist from The Times-Picayune, Sabrina Wilson, Reporter from Fox News 8, New Orleans, will give their thoughts on issues regarding states potentially turning down the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act. They will also shed light on the epidemic of shootings involving young black men in New Orleans. Additionally, Martin speaks on the topic of comedy and race with comediansPaul Mooney and Dick Gregory.

Also stopping by, Steve Harvey, Radio Host, The Steve Harvey Morning Show;Bishop T.D. Jakes, Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House, Dallas, TX; Sarah Henson, daughter of  Bishop T.D. Jakes; Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans;Chaka Khan, R&B music legend; Lisa Raye, actress; and Constance C.R. White, Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine. 

Hosted by TV One political editor, CNN and Tom Joyner Morning Show analystRoland 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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