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[09/22/11 - 12:34 PM]
A BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America
The half-hour special airs this Monday, September 26 at 7:30/6:30c.

[via press release from BET]

A BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America

A ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

PREMIERING ON BET NETWORKS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 7:30 PM AND CENTRIC AT 8:00 PM

Exclusive News Special Focuses On The Impact Of Jobs And The Economy On African-Americans With Emmy-Award Winning News Journalist Emmett Miller

Exclusive Video Content And Extended News Coverage On BET.com Including #AskObama, Facebook Or BET.com/Ask Obama Where Viewers Can Submit Questions To The President

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2011 -- In his first television interview on the economic crisis with BET Networks, President Obama will address a variety of topics that are of specific concern to the African-American community including The American Jobs Act. BET News sits down with President Obama at the White House in an exclusive one-on-one interview; the first in a series of BET News specials the Network will produce bringing an African-American perspective to the 2012 Presidential Election cycle.

During A BET NEWS EXCLUSIVE: THE PRESIDENT ANSWERS BLACK AMERICA premiering Monday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. (ET)/4:30 p.m. (PT) and CENTRIC at 8:00 p.m. (ET)/5:00 p.m. (PT), President Obama will address the current unemployment crisis and economy specifically to an African-American audience with Emmy-Award winning journalist and former KTLA anchor Emmett Miller. Miller will engage the President in discussions about the increase of unemployment among African-Americans since taking office, the current economic crisis, the political landscape around the 2012 Presidential Election and a personal account of his biggest challenges and achievements as the leader of the free world.

"We are thrilled to be the platform where the President will exclusively address our community," said Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming at BET Networks. "This conversation is particularly important given the impact the economic environment is having on African-Americans."

Award-winning journalist Emmett Miller, who interviewed then Senator Obama in 2006 surrounding his "Audacity of Hope" book, has won multiple Emmys for his breaking news coverage and broadcasts, among other notable awards in investigative reporting.

BET will solicit questions from viewers prior to the interview and select one question to ask the President on-air. Viewers can submit on Twitter by using #AskObama, on Facebook, or at BET.com/AskObama.

Log on to BET.com/News for exclusive video content, up-to-date coverage and compelling specials. With frequent updates on a wide array of topics including politics, finance, entertainment and more � BET.com/News is your destination for the latest in and around the country.

A BET NEWS EXCLUSIVE: THE PRESIDENT ANSWERS BLACK AMERICA is produced by BET Networks and executive produced by James Blue.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

About CENTRIC

Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-American and multicultural adult viewer. With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today's hottest artists. It is a unique of mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.





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