Jeff Johnson

*BET Networks on Wednesday broadcasts “BET News Presents: The State of the Union President Obama and Black America,” a 90-minute live special that couples coverage of the president’s address with a roundtable discussion and a series of taped packages featuring a wide range of celebrity and political voices.

Beginning at 9 p.m. on BET, CENTRIC, and BET.com, the special will film from the Newseum’s HD studios in Washington D.C. with BET anchor Jeff Johnson joined by professor Marc Lamont Hill, commentator John McWhorter and BET Senior Political Analyst Pamela Gentry to examine President Obama’s first year in office and how the president’s policies have been received by the black community.

The special will also feature exclusive interviews from a wide cross-section of African Americans including: Gabrielle Union, Jamal Simmons, Rep. Barbara Lee, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Cornell Belcher, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Al Sharpton, Trey Songz, Tara Setmayer, Charles M. Blow, Michaela Angela Davis, Taraji P. Henson, and Ryan Leslie.

BET’s special coverage will also include exclusive new poll numbers that reveal black America’s support of the president.