BET News And Facebook Present: “COVID-19: Black America’s Fight”


CBS News’ Gayle King will anchor the One-Hour Special Featuring Interviews with White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah L. Birx, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Business Executive Mellody Hobson, Inspirational Speaker Iyanla Vanzant, Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, Educator John B. King Jr., Policy Advocate Heather McGhee, Entrepreneur John Hope Bryant and CBS News’ Michelle Miller, Jericka Duncan, Vladimir Duthiers, Anne Marie Green, to examine the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the African American Community.

“Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort” broadcast special to air immediately after at 8 PM ET on BET, BET HER, BET International Channels and to over-the-air broadcast viewers via Bounce.

According to the press release from BET, recent data has established that the COVID-19 pandemic is infecting and killing black people in the United States at disproportionately high rates, highlighting existing racial disparities in resources, health and wellness and access to medical care. To speak to these issues, BET News in partnership with Facebook and CBS News announces a primetime news special “BET News and Facebook Present: COVID-19: Black America’s Fight,” airing commercial-free Wednesday, April 22 at 7 PM ET on BET, BET HER and streamed on BET & BET News’ Facebook Pages. Anchored by CBS News’ Gayle King and a team of CBS News correspondents, the one-hour special, will address in original interviews and taped packages, the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on the African American community and provide helpful and accurate information for viewers looking to protect themselves and their families from the epidemic’s spread.

The special will also highlight the challenges faced by the members of our community who cannot afford to self-quarantine, from first responders to delivery workers, home healthcare attendants, child-care providers, and those who are homeless and incarcerated. Across the nation, experts report that the days, weeks and months ahead will be specifically challenging economically for Black Americans; this special will speak to how workers and business owners can survive what will likely be a very severe economic downturn. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to mount, the BET News Special joins BET’s array of initiatives and resources that will provide spiritual, emotional, educational, and financial support to communities of color. Additional initiatives include the “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort” broadcastspecial,in partnership with United Way Worldwide, airing Wednesday, April 22 at 8 PM ET/PT, our support of the NAACP’s Town Hall Series, airing Bishop TD Jakes special“BET Presents, The Light, An Easter Production,” and daily reporting on on what the African American community needs to know about COVID-19, and how it is impacting our lives.

“BET News and Facebook Present: COVID-19: Black America’s Fight” is Executive Produced by Jason Samuels for BET.

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