BET News and Facebook are partnering with CBS News to present COVID-19: Black America’s Fight, according to BET.
Data reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic is infecting and killing black people in the United States at disproportionately high rates. These figures are highlighting the existing racial disparities in resources, health, and wellness and access to medical care.
BET News, in partnership with Facebook and CBS News, has announced a primetime news special titled BET News and Facebook Present: COVID-19: Black America’s Fight, airing without commercials on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 PM ET on BET and BET HER. It will also be streamed on BET & BET News’ Facebook Pages. The special will be anchored by CBS News’ Gayle King and a team of CBS News correspondents conducting original interviews and airing taped packages. The one-hour special will address the lopsided impact of COVID-19 on the African American community as well as provide helpful and accurate information for the viewing audience looking to protect themselves and their families from the epidemic’s spread.
The TV special will highlight the many challenges being faced by members of the black 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.
CBS News’ Michelle Miller, Jericka Duncan, Vladimir Duthiers, and Anne Marie Green will be providing factual information and guidance to viewers through this unprecedented crisis.
King and a team of correspondents will be conducting interviews with global health official and physician Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Ariel Investments co-CEO Mellody Hobson, inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant, New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, Former Obama administration Education Secretary John B. King Jr., Policy Advocate Heather McGhee, and entrepreneur John Hope Bryant.
For more information on BET News and Facebook Present: COVID-19: Black America’s Fight, as well as resources available around COVID-19, please visit BET.com.