2015 Web Series

Episode 1: 2015 State of Black America: Education, Jobs and Justice

President and CEO of the National Urban League, Marc H. Morial discusses the 2015 State of Black America with Economist Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson who explains the 2015 Equality Index, a statistical analysis of progress in the areas of economics, education, health, civic engagement and social justice with a special focus this year on education and metro areas. How far have we really come, what issues are we facing, and what can be done about the education, jobs and justice crisis in American cities? Watch Episode 1.

Episode 2: Put Our Children 1st: State of Black Education.

standards, a good education, positive outcomes, and graduating with the skills needed for college, work and life is not guaranteed. How do we Put Our Children 1st? What is the, State of Black Education? Panelists David J. Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans; and David C. Banks, President and CEO,The Eagle Academy Foundation discuss

Episode 3: State of Black Injustice: #BlackLivesMatter

The past couple of years have seen repeated demands for justice and accountability in the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of the police, and in the case of Trayvon Martin ­ those intended to protect us. Time and time again it seems that Black lives just don¹t matter. While equal justice and protection is a right, is equal treatment under the law really possible? Esteemed panelists Angela Rye, Chief Executive Officer, IMPACT Strategies; Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus; Chanelle Hardy, Executive Director and Senior Vice President for Policy, National Urban League Washington Bureau discuss the State of Black Injustice.

Episode 4: State of Black Business

Where are the opportunities for Blacks in Corporate America, entrepreneurship and social enterprises? Are opportunities expanding or is our piece of the pie getting smaller. Esteemed panelists Alfred Edmond, Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Black Enterprise; Shante Bacon, Co-founder and CEO, 135th Street Agency, LLC; Stefanie Brown James, CEO & Founding Partner Vestige, LLC and the Founder of Brown Girls Lead, Inc. discuss the State of Black Business.

Episode 5: Diversity Matters: The State of Black Media and Entertainment

Our esteemed panel discusses Black images and representation in the media and entertainment and why diversity is so important in shaping and telling our story. Joining us for this discussion is Bevy Smith, Host, Bravo¹s Fashion Queens; George Curry, President and CEO, George Curry Media; Shante Bacon, Co-founder and CEO, 135th Street Agency, LLC.

Episode 6: State of Black Church: #BlackLivesMatter

The Black Church has long not only been a place of worship and source of spiritual strength, but an instrumental institution involved in social movements, and economic development in the Black Community. Is the church still as central in Black Life? What role does it continue to play? Panelists include Rev. Tony Lee, Sr. Pastor, Community of Hope, AME Church; Onleilove Alston, M.Div., MSW, Interim Executive Director, Faith in New York.

Six-part series that gathers the nation’s leaders, political pundits and executives for a lively discussion around the 2015 State of Black America theme, “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice,” the State of Black America Equality Index topics and content highlighted in the report. View it on YouTube and Interactive One’s universe of websites—including NewsOne, HelloBeautiful, GlobalGrind, and The Urban Daily.

The Panelists

Marc H. Morial

President and CEO, National Urban League

Shannon LaNier

TV Host and Correspondent,
Web Series Moderator

Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson

Director of Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy at Economic Policy Institute

Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Black Enterprise

Chanelle Hardy

Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director, NUL Washington Bureau

David Johns

Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Bevy Smith

TV Commentator and Co-host of Bravo's Fashion Queens

George Curry

Editor-in-Chief, National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service

Stefanie Brown James

CEO & Founding Partner, Vestige Strategies, LLC and Founder, Brown Girls Lead, Inc.

Rev. Tony Lee

Founder and Senior Pastor, Community of Hope AME Church

Shante Bacon

Founder and CEO, 135th Street Agency

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus

Janaye Ingram

National Executive Director, National Action Network

David C. Banks

President and CEO, The Eagle Academy Foundation

Onleilove Alston

Executive Director, Faith in New York

Angela Rye

Principal and CEO, IMPACT Strategies


2015 State of Black America - Digital and Live Event Team

Rhonda Spears Bell
Zuhirah Khaldun-Diarra
Candece Monteil
Kristian Buchanan
Simone Jordan
Beatriz Mota
Will Ashley
Lisa Taliano