Our Vote Matters Debate Series Hosted By Jeff Johnson And Roland S. Martin Streaming LIVE ONLINE

300K+ Social Media Followers Encouraged to Tune-In to BLIS.FM for African American Political Perspective on Thursday, October 11, 16 and 22

NEW YORK – October 9, 2012 – Citing a void in the marketplace for African American perspective during this year’s election season, award-winning journalists Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of “WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN” and Jeff Johnson, social activist and political commentator, have teamed up to provide weekly pre- and post-debate analysis via live web streaming during a special edition of Johnson’s weekly BLIS.FM show, “THE INTERSECTION.”  “THE INTERSECTION PRESENTS: OUR VOICE, OUR VOTE” airs Monday, October 22, 2012 beginning at 8:30 pm ET.

“As contributors to the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Jeff and I know the power of the Black perspective and the need for a breakdown of our issues from ourperspective,” said Martin. “We see this broadcast as an opportunity to get a fuller understanding of the candidates and where they stand on the issues that affect the nation’s 40 million African Americans.”

Martin and Johnson will provide running commentary and offer astute observations from a uniquely African American point-of-view on the second Presidential Debate between Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Governor Mitt Romney.  Throughout the evening, Martin and Johnson will tweet updates and analysis using the hashtag #OurVoteMatters.  The journalists are encouraging their nearly 300,000 social media fans to follow them on Twitter @RolandSMartin and @JeffsNation, then join the discussion by posting comments, posing questions or retweeting statements with the goal of creating trending topics.  Viewers may also join the live Facebook chat online via www.facebook.com/rolandsmartinfanpage and www.facebook.com/jeffs.nation. The online debate analysis will be hosted by Martin and Johnson during each of the remaining presidential debates to be held October 16th and 22nd.

“This election is critical to the future growth of America and we all need to be engaged in the process,” said Johnson, “Roland and I want to encourage everyone to understand the candidate’s policies on the topics that mattermost to them; and they can trust that we will be there to present the facts and provide analysis to help them make informed decisions at the polls.”

Johnson will dissect the candidates’ debate performance from the Nation’s Capitol while on location at Studio 202, a digital media facility donated by proprietor Ron Dixon (this location not open to public). Reporting live from New York City, Martin’s webcast will be held during the non-partisan Presidential debate viewing party presented by the Young Professionals United for Change (YP4C) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) at Katra Lounge, 217 Bowery Street, NY 10002. This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information on “The Intersection Presents: Our Voice, OurVote,” click here

About Roland S. Martin

Roland S. Martin is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist.  Martin is managing editor and host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” and the author of “Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith,” “Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America,” and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.”  He is also a CNN Analyst, appearing on a variety of the network’s shows. In October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior analyst.  Recently named by Ebony Magazine at one of the nation’s top African American speakers and in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States, he is the 2009 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview.” Martin is the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview.”

In 2009, CNN was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage, of which Martin was a member of the Best Political Team on Television.  Martin, named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor.

About Jeff Johnson

 Jeff Johnson is a Washington, DC based award-winning journalist, social activist and political commentator.  Currently, Johnson is the Executive Producer and Host of The Intersection, a weekly digital talk show on Blis.fm tackling issues on politics, entertainment and social policy. He is also a MSNBC contributor, the Executive Editor for Politic365.com and a weekly commentator on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. For seven years Johnson provided news and public affairs content for BET, earning him a 2010 Image Award for the networks coverage of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and an NABJ Excellence Award for Life and Death in Darfur: Jeff Johnson Presents.

Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, including his work National Director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and an appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). The author of, “Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am: Discovering Your Personal Best”, Johnson is one of the most respected voices of his generation.

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