Tavis Smiley – Garance Franke-Ruta – Week Seven 2014

Garance Franke-Ruta – “My Brother’s Keeper”

During his State of the Union speech, President Obama announced his new initiative pairing foundations and corporations with young men of color in an effort to help them reach their full potential. This week, the president unveiled that initiative, called “My Brother’s Keeper”, at an event held at the White House. Garance Franke-Ruta, the Washington editor for Yahoo! News, joins us to discuss the new initiative.


A Sorry Moment in the History of American Media

recent report from the advocacy group, Free Press, found that there are no Black-owned and operated full-power television stations in the U.S. today. Eight years ago, there were 18—and while that number represented just 1.3 percent of all U.S. TV stations, it was, at least, a presence. Joseph Torres, senior external affairs director for Free Press, joins us to explain why Black-owned stations have disappeared.


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