SPECIAL New Year’s Day Edition Of Washington Watch Focuses On The Importance Of Black Fathers

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- Renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes joins Roland Martin for the second of a two-part discussion about  fatherhood in the Black community and Jakes’ daughter joins to share a personal story about her teenage pregnancy -

December 29, 2011, Silver Spring, MD – –   A special New Year’s Day edition of  WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN concludes a two-part special on fatherhood in the Black community. This program will focus on Black men who embrace their role as husbands and fathers and/or are stepping in and helping fatherless boys in their community.  The first part of this special aired on Christmas Day and examined the Black fatherhood crisis in America.  Taped on location at The Potter’s House worship center in Dallas, Texas, the New Year’s program will again feature a candid conversation with the church’s pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes, who is joined by his daughter, Sarah Henson, to share a personal story about how she became pregnant at the age of fourteen. The program will air on TV One this Sunday, January 1 at 11 AM.

Several Black men will also join Martin and Jakes to talk about the importance of having a male influence in the life of a child and the effect they saw on friends who were fatherless. Bishop T.D. Jakes and his daughter share their personal story, and Jakes talks about why it’s important to stay present in a child’s life even during trying times. The program also features several Black pastors who speak to how churches can help break the cycle of fatherlessness.

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.

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves more than 56 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers.  In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; http://www.radio-one.com, the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK); http://www.comcast.com, one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.

For more information about Washington Watch with Roland Martin or to set up interviews with Roland Martin,

Contact: Lynn McReynolds, 410-268-0275   lynn@mcreynoldselek.com

Karen Baratz, 240-497-1811   karen@baratzpr.com

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