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BET 2024 Election Special Planned for Primetime June 4

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BET is planning to shine a light-weight on the upcoming presidential election, with what it hopes might be a collection of primetime election specials.

The primary of these specials, “What’s At Stake: 2024 Election Special,” will debut June 4 at 10 p.m., on BET, BET Her, and VH1.

The particular might be hosted by BET correspondent Ed Gordon, and can characteristic a roundtable dialogue with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), and Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX), all members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“I think clearly it’s an interesting time for the nation,” Gordon tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “Not just for the Black electorate, but for all of us, this question of democracy and where we stand and so BET felted it doubly important to make sure that we got in front of giving the Black viewer in particular what is needed to think about to engage in this very important political time.”

Gordon says that the particular will concentrate on problems with significance to Black voters, together with the state of the economic system and gun violence, amongst different subjects.

“I mean, [Democratic strategist James] Carville hit it best when he said ‘it’s the economy, stupid’ and it seems to always be that way. As we always say, unfortunately, African Americans are always on the bottom rung of that,” Gordon says. “In order that’s of big import to African People. We took a have a look at the thought of the continued gun violence that plagues city areas and too usually to many African American communities, and we might dive into the Biden administration and the historical past of it by way of their eager to counsel that they’ve achieved fairly a bit for the African American neighborhood, and it’s no secret that there’s been some skepticism by many black voters or some black voters, I ought to say.

“We think that this was one of those times that these representatives — I’ve known two of the three for a long time, covered them for some time — I think that they were very upfront and maybe a little less guarded than usual, this go round,” Gordon added.

He additionally acknowledged that whereas the three representatives featured within the particular are all Democrats, he can be pleased to host Republicans as nicely.

“Some people will say that those are three Democrats, and this has always been the case, I’ve found it’s very difficult to get Republicans to come on African American outlets, black or otherwise,” Gordon says. “And so we are not attempting to not give voice or opportunity to Republicans and the Republican Party, it’s just what they accept at that point.”

For Gordon, the protection additionally carries loads of weight. A veteran journalist (he has been an anchor and correspondent for BET on and off since 1988, and has additionally labored for NBC Information, CBS Information, and NPR), Gordon says that, “I can say without question — and I think it’s a feeling that many people have — that the time we sit in now in this election is one that is going to shape this country, good or bad, for the next generation or two.”

“We see if Donald Trump wins the idea of what he’s telegraphing the idea of a Supreme Court that will be unabashedly conservative, we see the idea of it being okay to use some of the tactics that his administration used and he continues to tout,” Gordon says. “And I believe it’s a reckoning for Democrats. It’s a time that I believe many African People are saying, ‘yeah, you know, it’s not sufficient simply to point out up at a church and sway with us to a gospel hymn that you could be know or your advisers advised you about,’ you understand, within the case of Obama and even Clinton, they most likely knew about them and to a lesser diploma diploma, Joe Biden, however African People are saying it’s obtained to be an even bigger repair than we’ve seen if you wish to proceed to depend on our votes.

“You can’t just you know, [say] the rising tide lifts all boats. Well, there are many people in the African American community who are still waiting for their boat to lift,” Gordon provides. “And I think they see the idea that if in fact, the nation goes one way, those boats may stay mired in the sludge and underwater.”

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