THIS WEEK On Washington Watch: Gun Violence And Mental Health Services; The Unjust Sentencing Of Clarence Aaron; The Damaging Images Of Black Women In Reality TV


Topics to include: gun violence and mental health services; the unjust sentencing of Clarence Aaron and the damaging images of black women in reality television.

December 21, 2012, Silver Spring, MD – In the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting and the continued high rates of gun violence in the African American community, gun control laws and lack of mental health services are among the headlining topics on this week’s Washington Watch with Roland Martin, which airs on TV One, on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 11 AM EST.

Guests to include: Psychologist, Dr. Jeffery Gardere; Forensic Psychiatrist at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and President of the National Medical Association, Dr. Rahn Bailey; Adolescent Psychotherapist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Chuck Williams; Senior Reporter for ProPublica, Dafna Linzer and Writer and Image Activist, Michaela Angela Davis.

The journalist/commentator panel to include: President and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Michelle Bernard; Co-Founder and CEO of the JC Watts Companies, Elroy Sailor; Managing Director of Communications for the Advancement Project, Leila McDowell and Sirius XM Radio’s The Black EagleJoe Madison.

Other topics to include: The unjust sentencing of Clarence Aaron, a 24-year-old sentenced to three life terms for his minor role in a cocaine deal and the damage reality television shows such as Love and Hip Hop and RealHousewives of Atlanta enact on the self-esteem of young black women.

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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