February 28, 2013

WATCH NOW! Looking Forward: Barack Obama’s Second Term

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A Panel Discusion Hosted by Ed Gordon, With Special Guest, Senior Advisor to The President, Valerie Jarrett.

About The Show

In 2008 then senator Barack Obama did what many said was impossible.  He campaigned on change and united a group of minority, independent and disenchanted status quo voters who ushered him into office making him the Nation’s first African-American President.

Like most two-term Presidents his first fours years were spotty.  He saw political victories but also many challenges, including an economy that has proven harder to turn around than he imagined.

After what many believed would be a close reelection, the President rather handily defeated his Republican opponent Mitt Romney and now enters a Second Term.

What lies ahead for the President?  At the end of his second term how will history judge him?

Hear from one of his closest advisors Valerie Jarrett and our stellar roundtable Panel: Maria Teresa Kumar, Founding Executive Director of Voto Latino, Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta Georgia, Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post, and Dr. Greg E. Carr, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Howard University.

About The Guest

Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor To The President of the United States

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She is also the Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she was the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and Senior Advisor to Obama’s presidential campaign.

Ms. Jarrett has held positions in both the public and private sector, including the Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also practiced law with two private law firms.

Jarrett also served as a director of corporate and not for profit boards, including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees.

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

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Maria Teresa Kumar
Founding Executive Director of Voto Latino

Maria Teresa Kumar believes that being born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in California, with her American father and Colombian mother helped prepare her for the role as president and CEO of Voto Latino, an organization that seeks to galvanize the vote of the growing—and increasingly powerful—American Latino population.

“I grew up in a bicultural household, so my whole life I have been translating,” says Kumar, 38. “And with Voto Latino, it is about translating to mainstream America what it means to be Latino.”

Although her master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government probably doesn’t hurt her success, Kumar’s position at the top of such an influential nonpartisan organization is due in no small part to her unrelenting passion for representing one of the country’s most underestimated populations.

With the US in the throes of another big—and decidedly contentious—election cycle, Kumar is pushing to register more American Latino voters and, she says, to make elections personal to this pivotal group. She hopes that once they are drawn into the political process, they will stay.

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Kasim Reed
Mayor of Atlanta Georgia

Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since taking office, Mayor Reed has hired more than 200 police officers, improved fire-rescue response times, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers, and improved the service delivery of city departments such as Sanitation and Public Works. During his first year in office, he increased the city’s reserves from $7.4 to $56 million dollars and initiated a series of reforms to address the city’s unfunded pension fund liability.

Prior to his election, Mayor Reed established a track record of leadership during his 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was first elected in 1998 as a State Representative and served two terms. From 2002-2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

As an undergraduate member of Howard University’s Board of Trustees, he created a fundraising program that has contributed more than $10 million to the school’s endowment since its inception. Mayor Reed was appointed as Howard University’s youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a member of the Board of Trustees.

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Nia-Malika Henderson
National Political Reporter for The Washington Post

Nia-Malika Henderson is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where she covers the White House and the 2012 campaign. Before joining The Post, Nia wrote about education, race and the White House for Politico. In 2008, she covered the presidential election and local government on Long Island for Newsday. She also worked at The Baltimore Sun where she covered city government in Annapolis. A regular guest on Fox, MSNBC, and CNN, Nia has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from Duke University, and graduate degrees from Yale University in American studies and Columbia University in journalism.

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Dr. Greg E. Carr
Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Greg Carr is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law. He holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University and a JD from the Ohio State University College of Law. The School District of Philadelphia’s First Resident Scholar on Race and Culture (1999-2000), Dr. Carr led a team of academics and educators in the design of the curriculum framework for Philadelphia’s mandatory high school African American History course. These materials are the first to approach African American History using Africana Studies methodology.  He is a co-founder of the Philadelphia Freedom Schools Movement, a community-based academic initiative that has involved over 13,000 elementary, high school and college students. Dr. Carr has presented his curriculum work for the Board of Public Education in Salvador, Bahia, and has lectured across the U.S. and in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, France, and England, among other places.  His publications have appeared in, among other places, The African American Studies ReaderSocialism and Democracy, Africana StudiesPublications of the Modern Language Association of America,The National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America and Malcolm X: A Historical Reader.

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About The Host

Ed Gordon

Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct. These are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy award winning broadcaster Ed Gordon.  Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon’s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of television’s most respected journalists. Gordon will lead BET’s coverage of the important 2012 Presidential election. Gordon will provide analysis and reporting on the race between incumbant Barack Obama against Republican Mitt Romney.

Gordon is also the host of the natioanlly syndicated radio program WEEKend WITH ED GORDON. The 2-hour program is a mix of talk, information, entertainment and music. It’s been called “a fun, smart radio show for grown folks.”  The list of impressive positions Gordon has held over the years, includes contributing correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes II and contributor for NBC’s Today Show and Dateline. His diverse style also makes him one of the most versatile people in broadcasting. He also hosted News and Notes with Ed Gordon, which aired on National Public Radio and the nationally syndicated television program, Our World and Weekly with Ed Gordon, a fast-paced roundtable talk show that highlighted the week’s most important stories from politics to pop culture on BET.

Gordon distinguished himself during two stints at BET. He had many roles at the network including host of BET Tonight, anchor of BET News, and creator of his signature one-on-one series Conversation with Ed Gordon. Over the years, Gordon has covered many of the world’s most defining events. From the historic 2008 United States Presidential election to the freedom of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela to the beating of Rodney King to upheaval in Haiti and Cuba. He’s also provided comprehensive coverage and up-to-the-minute reports on many other domestic and international affairs, including the tragic September 11th attack on America.

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